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Notable Historical Events for January 1st

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

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

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

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

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

1959Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

1896Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

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

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

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

January 1st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 1st

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

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

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

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

1892Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

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

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Notable Weddings on January 1st

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

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

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

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

1956Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

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

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

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)

January 1st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 1st

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

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

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

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

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