Saturday, January 1, 2011
officially adopts the euro currency and becomes the seventeenth eurozone
Estonia adopts the Euro, becoming the 17th Eurozone country.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
Wednesday, January 1, 2003
A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattle's Magnuson Park, placed by a Some People, a group of anonymous artists the monolith is in reference to the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".
Saturday, January 1, 2000
begins its year as European City of Culture.
Thursday, January 1, 1987
Saturday, January 1, 1983
Saturday, January 1, 1977
The Australian state of Queensland abolishes inheritance tax.
Thursday, January 1, 1970
An earthquake (Richter Scale 7.7 magnitude) at Yunnan, China
kills at least 15,621.
The first episode of US soap opera "All My Children
" is broadcast on the ABC television network.
Saturday, January 1, 1966
gains its independence from French-administered U.N. trusteeship.
The Anglo-Egyptian Condominium ends in Sudan.
Saturday, January 1, 1949
UN sponsored ceasefire brings an end to the Indo-Pakistan War of 1947
. The war results in a stalemate and the division of Kashmir
, which is still continuing as of 2012.
Thursday, January 1, 1942
Wednesday, January 1, 1941
Thailand Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram decrees January 1 as the official start of the Thai solar calendar new year (thus the previous year that began April 1 had only 9 months).
Estonia changes its currency from the mark to the kroon.
Saturday, January 1, 1927
January 7 ndash Rosewood massacre, a violent, racially motivated conflict in Florida. At least eight people are killed, and the town of Rosewood is abandoned and destroyed.
Thursday, January 1, 1920
is traded by the Red Sox
for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.
Wednesday, January 1, 1913
Thursday, January 1, 1903
Edward VII of the United Kingdom is proclaimed Emperor of India.
Hawaii asks for a delegate at the U.S. Republican National Convention.
U.S. Secretary of State John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote American trade with China.
Saturday, January 1, 1898
New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The city is geographically divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
Thursday, January 1, 1891
Burma is presented to Queen Victoria as a birthday gift, after the country is annexed into British India in November 1885.
Wednesday, January 1, 1879
The Specie Resumption Act takes effect. The Greenback
is valued the same as gold for the first time since the Civil War.
Queen Victoria is proclaimed "Empress of India" by the "Royal Titles Act 1876", introduced by Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom .
abolishes Second Class passenger leaving First Class and Third Class. Other British Railway companies follow Midland's lead during the rest of the year (Third Class is renamed Second Class in 1956).
Thursday, January 1, 1874
New York City annexes The Bronx.
The CovingtonndashCincinnati Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in the United States, becoming the longest single-span bridge in the world. It will be renamed after its designer, John A. Roebling, in 1983.
The last issue of the abolitionist magazine "The Liberator
" is published.
Wednesday, January 1, 1862
Thursday, January 1, 1857
Wednesday, January 1, 1834
Saturday, January 1, 1820
Thursday, January 1, 1818
Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is published.
Wednesday, January 1, 1812
Wednesday, January 1, 1806
Wednesday, January 1, 1800
The first edition of "The Times", previously "The Daily Universal Register", is published in London.
Saturday, January 1, 1785
Thursday, January 1, 1767
Wednesday, January 1, 1766
Minimum date value for a datetime field in SQL Server (up version 2005) due to it being the first full year after Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar.
Saturday, January 1, 1752
The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar (to take effect in September).
Thursday, January 1, 1739
Bouvet Island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.
Saturday, January 1, 1707
Julian) ndash Russia
begins numbering its calendar from the birth of Christ (Anno Domini) instead of since the Creation (Anno Mundi
Wednesday, January 1, 1698
Charles II is crowned King of Scotland at Scone (his first crowning).
James I of England, theatre-going and literary king with absolutist aspirations, attends the masque "The Golden Age Restored", a satire by Ben Jonson on fallen court favorite Somerset. The king asks for a repeat performance on January 6.
Thursday, January 1, 1615
Saturday, January 1, 1600
Wednesday, December 22, 1518 (Julianian calendar)
preaches for the first time as people's priest of the Great Minister in Zurich
Friday, December 22, 1503 (Julianian calendar)
French troops of King Louis XII surrender Gaeta to the Spanish under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba.
Wednesday, December 22, 1501 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, December 23, 1482 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, December 23, 1437 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, December 23, 1408 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, December 24, 1386 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, December 24, 1344 (Julianian calendar)
Louis IV's son, Louis VI the Roman, marries Cunigunde, a Lithuanian princess.
Friday, December 25, 1192 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, December 26, 1067 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, December 30, 540 (Julianian calendar)
Anicius Faustus Albinus Basilius is appointed as consul in Constantinople, the last person to hold this office.
Plague of Justinian: Bubonic plague appears suddenly in the Egyptian port of Pelusium, spreading to Alexandria and, the following year, to Constantinople. This is the beginning of a 200-year long pandemic that will devastate Europe, the Middle East, and northern Africa.
Friday, December 30, 533 (Julianian calendar)
March ndash King Gelimer surrenders to Belisarius, after spending a winter in the mountains of Numidia. He and large numbers of captured Vandals are transported to Constantinople. The Vandal Kingdom ends, and the African provinces return to the Byzantine Empire.
Justinian I commemorates the victory against the Vandals by sting medals in his honor with the inscription "Gloria Romanorum" (approximate date).
April ndash Belisarius leaves a small force in Africa under the Byzantine general Solomon to continue the subjugation of the province. He is appointed to governor ("Exarch") and pacifies with success the Moorish tribes. Malta becomes a Byzantine province (until 870).
Summer ndash Belisarius arrives in Constantinople and is permitted by emperor Justinian I
to celebrate a triumph
, the first non-imperial triumph
for over 500 years. In the procession are paraded the spoils of the Temple of Jerusalem
and the Vandal treasure.
Sunday, December 31, 416 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, December 31, 413 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, December 31, 403 (Julianian calendar)
Last known gladiator fight in Rome. This date is usually given as the date of the martyrdom of Saint Telemachus, a Christian monk who was stoned by the crowd for trying to stop a gladiators' fight in a Roman hitheatre.
is built by the entire population of the city.
Saturday, December 31, 354 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, January 2, 193 (Julianian calendar)
Pertinax suspend the food programs established by Trajan
, this provokes the ire of the Praetorians
Year of the Five Emperors: The Senate chooses Publius Helvius Pertinax, against his will to succeed the late Commodus as Emperor.
Pertinax is forced to reorganize the handling of finances, which was wrecked under Commodus, and to reestablish discipline in the Roman army
Tuesday, January 3, 69 (Julianian calendar)
The Roman legion
s in Germania Superior refuses to swear loyalty to Galba. They rebelled and proclaims Vitellius as emperor.