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Notable Historical Events for January 1st

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

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.

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

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

1960Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

1896Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

1776Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on January 1st

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

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

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

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

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

1892Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

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Notable Weddings on January 1st

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

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

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

1956Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 1st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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