On This Day

What Happened on January 1

Important Events

  • 45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time
  • 630 Prophet Muhammad sets out with his army towards Mecca, capturing it bloodlessly
  • 1758 The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom, based on the binomial nomenclature by Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae
  • 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in US confederate states
  • 1892 Ellis Island opens as a US immigration inspection station - it would go on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people
  • 1896 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays
  • 1958 European Economic Community, better known as the European Common Market starts operation
More Historical Events

Jan 1 in Film & TV

  • 1953 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK

Jan 1 in Music

Jan 1 in Sport

  • 1902 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB

Did You Know?

1st entry in English civil servant Samuel Pepys' diary

On January 1, 1660

Would You Believe?

Paris merchant Jean Marius obtains 5-year royal privilege for his invention of a folding umbrella - first in Europe

On January 1, 1710

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