What Happened on January 1

Significant 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
  • 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

January 1 in Film & TV

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

January 1 in Music

January 1 in Sport

  • 1902 1st Rose Bowl: Michigan beats Stanford 49-0

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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