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Notable Historical Events for January 1st

1861President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln declares slavery in Confederate states unlawful (US Civil War)

1919Edsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company.

1776Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag

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

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

1610German astronomer Simon Marius first discovers the Jupiter moons, but does not officially report it, Galileo does on July 1 1610

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

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

January 1st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 1st

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

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

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

January 1st Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 1st

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

1989Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

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

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

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

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

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

1956Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

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

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

January 1st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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