On This Day in History for January 1 (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 380 of 380

  • 1985 US's 1st manadatory seat belt law goes into effect (NY)
  • 1985 VH-1 made its broadcasting debut
  • 1985 The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • 1985 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
  • 1986 Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao
  • 1986 International Peace Year begins
  • 1986 NYC transit fare rises from 90 cents to $1.00
  • 1986 Spain & Portugal are 11th & 12th to join European Economic Community
  • 1986 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • 1987 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • 1987 China's rudimentary civil code in effect
  • 1987 International Year of Shelter for Homeless begins
  • 1988 Year of the Reader begins
  • 1989 NYC transit fare rises from $1.00 to $1.15
  • 1989 Year of the Young Reader begins
  • 1990 David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of New York City
  • 1990 Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ
  • 1990 NYC MTA stops token redemption at subway stations
  • 1990 FCC implements "SYNDEX" giving independent stations more rights over cable TV outlets for exclusive syndicated programs
  • 1991 5% sales tax on consumer goods & services goes into effect in USSR

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1991 Iraq rejects peace proposal from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 1992 Bush is 1st US president to address Australian Parliament
  • 1992 Curacao becomes 1st in Dutch Antilles to have compulsory education
  • 1992 Europe breaks down trade barriers
  • 1992 International Space Year begins
  • 1992 NYC transit fare increases from $1.15 to $1.25
  • 1992 The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation, becoming the successor state to the Soviet Union.
  • 1993 12 member European Economic Community set up vast free trade zone
  • 1993 Cigarette advertisements are banned in NYC's MTA
  • 1993 Czechoslovakia separates into Czech Republic (Bohemia) & Slovakia
  • 1994 Carquest Bowl 4: Boston College beats Virginia, 32-13
  • 1994 International Year of Family
  • 1994 Jacobs Field opens with "Gateway's New Year's Eve Countdown to '94"
  • 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect
  • 1994 The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.
  • 1995 Austria, Finland & Sweden act to join European Union
  • 1995 Centennial of Canadian Mounties presence in Canada's Yukon Territory
  • 1995 Fernando Henrique Cardoso installed as president of Brazil
  • 1995 International Year of Tolerance

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

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • 1995 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • 1995 Fred West is found dead in his prison cell; he was charged with 12 murders
  • 1996 After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
  • 1996 Curacao gains limited form of self rule (Status Aparte)
  • 1997 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.
  • 1998 All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
  • 1998 Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week
  • 1998 US Census Bureau estimates population at 268,921,733
  • 1998 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
  • 1999 International Year of Elderly
  • 1999 The Euro currency is introduced.
  • 2000 Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium

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2000 Opening of St Mary Major's holy doors by Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2002 The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.
  • 2002 Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.
  • 2002 Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
  • 2004 In a vote of confidence, Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College and is "deemed to be elected" as President according to Pakistan Constitution (Article 41(8))
  • 2006 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
  • 2007 Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.
  • 2007 Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
  • 2007 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
  • 2008 A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • 2008 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • 2009 Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • 2009 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2009 The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
  • 2013 13 FARC members are killed by an airstrike by the Colombian military
  • 2013 13 Boko Harem members are killed by Nigeria’s military in Maiduguri
  • 2013 60 people are killed and 200 are injured after a stampede following New Year celebrations
  • 2013 18 people are killed and 16 wounded after a bus and mini-bus collision in Thiès, Senegal
  • 2013 10 people are killed and 120 are injured in a stampede in Luanda, Angola
  • 2013 US bi-partisan deal temporarily avoids the fiscal cliff
  • 2013 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861
  • 2014 Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright to win the 2014 PDC World Darts Championship
  • 2015 Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas and becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone
  • 2015 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • 2016 Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st.
  • 2016 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis

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2017 Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres becomes United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-moon

Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon
  • 6000 1st reversible date since 11/11/1999

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