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Notable Historical Events for January 1st

1831William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal

1968Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

1758The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom. This naming system is based on the binomial nomenclature laid out in Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae.

1965American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California

1907Pres Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day

1948Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India

1818Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones

1651Charles II Stuart crowned king of Scotland

1950Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

1896Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

January 1st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 1st

1735Paul Revere, silversmith/US patriot (British are coming)

1752Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag

1892Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

1895J. Edgar Hoover, Washington, D.C., first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72)

1911Hank Greenberg, Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (Detroit Tiger)

1927Vernon L. Smith, American economist (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences)

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Notable Weddings on January 1st

2011Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

1824US President James Knox Polk (28) weds Sarah Childress (20) in Murfreesboro

1994Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)

1989Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

1972Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)

1936Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck

1956Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

1965Novelist Michael Crichton (22) weds high school sweetheart Joan Radam

1979Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

18961st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (26) weds first wife Hilaria del Rosario

January 1st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 1st

1998Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (31 Grand Slams), dies at 92

1557Jacques Cartier, French explorer (Canada), dies at 65

2013Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American pop singer, dies at 85

2005Shirley Chisholm, 1st American black congresswoman/pres candidate (b. 1924)

1994Cesar Romero, US actor (Joker-Batman), dies at 86

1953Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

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