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Notable Historical Events for January 1st

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

1863Franz Schubert's "Missa Solemnis," premieres in Leipzig

1896Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays

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

1959Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

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

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

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

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

1776Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag

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Notable Birthdays on January 1st

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)

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)

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Notable Weddings on January 1st

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

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

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

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

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

1989Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay

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

1956Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

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

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

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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

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

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

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