Events in History on January 1 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 379 of 379

  • 1950 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

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

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1950 The state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
  • 1951 Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines
  • 1952 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 5th string quartet
  • 1953 Ernest Blochs "Suite Hebraique," premieres
  • 1953 The Bantu Education Act (later renamed the Black Education Act) commenced, providing the legal underpinning of several aspects of the apartheid system, most importantly in education
  • 1954 Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
  • 1955 Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 1956 Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
  • 1956 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
  • 1957 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London
  • 1957 France returns Saar to becomes the 10th state of German Federal Rep
  • 1957 International Geophysical Year begins; ends 6/30/1958 (18-mo year)
  • 1957 George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1957 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest.
  • 1958 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • 1958 European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation

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1959 Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1959 Chad becomes autonomous republic in French Community
  • 1959 Rohan Kanhai completes 256 v India at Calcutta
  • 1960 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • 1960 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
  • 1960 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • 1960 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • 1961 Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium
  • 1961 Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
  • 1961 Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
  • 1961 Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
  • 1962 Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • 1962 Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • 1962 United States Navy SEALs established.
  • 1963 G Woods succeeds Eugene Black as president of the World Bank
  • 1964 Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved
  • 1965 International Cooperation Year begins
  • 1965 Palestinian al-Fatah organization forms
  • 1965 The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul.
  • 1966 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • 1966 Milt coup by Col Jean-Bédell Bokassa in Central African Republic
  • 1966 All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • 1967 Day's play in the Calcutta Test v W Indies cancelled by riots
  • 1967 FCC requires AM-FM sister stations to be at least 50% different
  • 1967 St Helena adopts constitution
  • 1967 Tonga revises constitution

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

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • 1968 Netherlands gets color TV
  • 1969 People's Democracy (PD) begin a march from Belfast to Derry, inspired by ML King's Selma to Montgomery march in the US
  • 1970 "The Epoch" (Time 0 for UNIX systems, Midnight GMT)
  • 1970 Afro-American Historical Calendar Series Established
  • 1970 Neth Christian Workers Union (NCW) forms
  • 1970 Revised calendar for Western (RC) Church goes into effect
  • 1970 The University College of Zululand, formerly affiliated to the University of South Africa, attains full academic autonomy as the University of Zululand.
  • 1970 The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), an infantry regiment of the British Army, comes into existence
  • 1970 US Federal oil depletion allowance reduced from 27.5 to 22.0 percent
  • 1971 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • 1972 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1972 International Book Year begins
  • 1972 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • 1973 Britain, Ireland & Denmark become 7th-9th members of Common Market
  • 1973 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • 1974 Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin
  • 1974 World Population Year begins
  • 1974 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
  • 1975 Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell & Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes
  • 1975 International Women's Year begins
  • 1975 Sweden adopts constitution
  • 1975 U.S. Federal oil depletion allowance eliminated for large producers
  • 1976 Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall
  • 1976 Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

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1976 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1977 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
  • 1977 Belgium reapportions 2,359 communities into 596
  • 1977 Czech intellects begin Human Rights Group Chapter 77
  • 1978 Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
  • 1978 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • 1978 Los Angeles Police chief Edward Davis retires from police force
  • 1979 International Year of the Child begins
  • 1979 Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • 1979 US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • 1980 Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • 1980 International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • 1980 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • 1980 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • 1980 Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • 1980 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
  • 1981 Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • 1981 International Year for the Disabled begins
  • 1981 Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • 1981 Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors
  • 1982 30 Something stars Ken Olin & Patricia Wettig meet, later they marry
  • 1982 Peru's Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1982 MTA launches a 5 year plan to upgrade the NYC subway system

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 TA launches 5 year capital program to overhaul NYC subway system
  • 1983 World Communications Year begins
  • 1983 TCP/IP protocols become the only approved protocol on the ARPANET, replacing the earlier NCP protocol
  • 1984 AT&T's 22 owned Bell system companies divests into 8 companies
  • 1984 Brunei becomes independent of UK
  • 1984 NYC transit fare rises from 75 cents to 90 cents
  • 1985 International Youth Year begins
  • 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
  • 2000 Opening of St Mary Major's holy doors by 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
  • 6000 1st reversible date since 11/11/1999