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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

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

1831William Lloyd Garrison publishes 1st issue of abolitionist journal

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

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

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

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

1960Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

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.

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

January 1st Historical Events
Date Event
Notable Birthdays on January 1st

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)

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

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

1892Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

January 1st Birthdays
Date Event
Notable Weddings on January 1st

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

1772US founding father Thomas Jefferson (30) marries Martha Wayles Skelton (23)

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

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

1956Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

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

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

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

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

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

January 1st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 1st

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

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

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

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

January 1st Deaths
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