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Historical Events in January 1797

  • Jan 1 Albany replaces New York City as capital of New York
  • Jan 7 The modern Italian flag is first used

'Terrifying' Top Hat Causes Sensation'Terrifying' Top Hat Causes Sensation

Jan 15 1st top hat worn by John Etherington of London

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Queen Victoria looks uncertainly at her husband as Prince Albert tries out his new top hat
Queen Victoria looks uncertainly at her husband as Prince Albert tries out his new top hat
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  • Jan 26 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign treaty
  • Jan 30 US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African American