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January 1st

Often known as "New Year's Day", January 1st is the very 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 364 days remaining until the end of the year (365 days in leap years).

On this page, we have placed information about January 1st, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on January 1st

1735 Paul Revere (American patriot)

Paul Revere

1752 Betsy Ross (said to have sewn the first American flag)

Betsy Ross

1863 Pierre de Coubertin (father of the modern Olympic Games)

Pierre de Coubertin

1879 E. M. Forster (author, playwright)

1887 Wilhelm Canaris (German admiral)

1888 John Garand (firearms designer)

1895 J. Edgar Hoover (founded FBI)

1909 Barry Goldwater (US senator and Republican Presidential Candidate)

1912 Kim Philby ((British spy)

1919 J.D. Salinger (author)

1922 Rocky Graziano (boxer)

1934 Alan Berg (attorney, radio host)

1955 Mary Beard (academic)

1956 Christine Lagarde (lawyer, politician, head of the International Monetary Fund).

1958 Grandmaster Flash (rapper)

1979 Brody Dalle (singer)

January 1st in History

45 BC Roman Republic adopts the Julian calendar.

42 BC Roman Senate posthumously deifies Julius Caesar.

Julius Caesar

404 Last known Gladiator combat in Rome.

1772 First traveler's cheques issued.

1778 First edition of The Times newspaper is published in London.

1801 Saint Patrick's cross, representing Ireland, was added to the Union Jack (the flag of Great Britain).

Union Jack

1801 Ceres is the first object in the Asteroid Belt to be discovered.

1808 United States bans the import of slaves.

1877 Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India.

Queen Victoria

1901 Nigeria becomes a British protectorate.

1902 New Zealand is the first country to introduce state registration of nurses.

1905 Trans-Siberian railway opens.

1912 Republic of China established.

1934 Alcatraz becomes a US Federal Prison.

1942 Declaration by the United Nations is signed by 26 Allied countries.

1958 European Economic Community established.

1970 Start of UNIX time at 0:00:00.

1971 Cigarette adverts banned from US television.

1973 UK, Ireland and Denmark joined the European Union.

European Flag

1981 Greece joins the European Union.

European Flag

1984 Brunei becomes independent from UK.

1985 Internet Domain Name System created.

1986 Spain and Portugal join the European Union.

European Flag

1989 Free trade agreement goes into effect between USA and Canada.

1990 David Dinkins becomes New York's first black mayor.

1994 NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) comes into effect.

1995 WTO (World Trade Organization) comes into effect.

1995 Sweden, Austria and Finland join the European Union.

European Flag

2007 Bulgaria and Romania join the European Union.

European Flag

2019 Qatar withdraws from OPEC.

2019 Same sex marriage becomes legal in Austria.

January 1st is also

New Year's Day.

New Year's Day

7th Day of Christmas

7th Day of Christmas

Kwanzaa (26 December to 1 January) - Celebration of Imani (Faith)


Junkanoo (Nassau in the Bahamas)


People born on January 1st are Capricorn


Capricorn Information: Capricorn Links:

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