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Notable Historical Events for January 1st

1960Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

1976After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

1994Howard Stern's New Year's Eve Beauty Pageant

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

1995Last "Far Side" by cartoonist Gary Larson (started 1980)

1651Charles II Stuart crowned king of Scotland

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

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

1896Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

1982Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland

January 1st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 1st

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

1892Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

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

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

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

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

January 1st Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 1st

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

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

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

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

1988Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh

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

1989Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

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

1811Writer James Fenimore Cooper (21) weds Susan Augusta de Lancey in Mamaroneck, New York

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

January 1st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 1st Deaths
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