Historical Events on January 1 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 456 of 456

  • 1994 The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.
  • 1995 "Glass Menagerie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 57 performances
  • 1995 "Shadow Box" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 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 Raman Lamba & Ravi Sehgal score 464 in cricket for the 1st wicket for Delhi
  • 1995 "A Tuna Christmas" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • 1995 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • 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.
  • 2010 Suicide car bomb detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100
  • 2010 New FINA rules re competition swimsuits come into effect; all body-length swimsuits banned; men's suits to maximally cover from the waist to knee, and women's from shoulder to knee; fabric must be a "textile" or woven material
  • 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

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2013 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 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

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2018 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says recent unrest "is nothing" after 30 people killed in 5 days of anti government demonstrations

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani

  • 2018 California becomes largest US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use
  • 2018 Initiative of 300 Hollywood women called "Time's Up" announced to fight sexual harassment
  • 2018 Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement
  • 2018 World Darts Championship: Retiring 16-time title holder Phil Taylor loses 7-2 to Rob Cross in the Final in London.
  • 6000 1st reversible date since 11/11/1999