January 1st

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Can you name the significant events that occurred on January 1?

Featured Jan 1, 2010

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404The last of these games takes place in Rome
1502Portuguese navigators discover Guanabara Bay, the site that would become this large South American city
1735Birth of the American patriot who would one day make a famous midnight ride
1788The England newspaper known as the Daily Universal Register officially changes its name to this
1804This Caribbean nation gains independence from France
1818The White House reopens after the British burned it down during this war
1831This man publishes the first issue of his abolitionist newspaper 'The Liberator'
1840The first recorded US match of this game is played at Knickerbocker Alleys in New York City
1847This state is the first to abolish capital punishment
1863Abraham Lincoln issues this historic document outlawing slavery
1880French construction on this massive project begins, but is later abandoned only to be resumed by the United States 24 years later
1892This location becomes the center for US immigration, where over 12 million people would pass through in 62 years of operation
1895The first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is born
1899Spanish rule ends in Cuba as a result of this war
1907A world record is set when this president shakes hands with 8,513 people
1908New York City starts a New Year's tradition with the dropping of the ball at this location
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1919Author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' is born
1928The first air-conditioned high-rise office building opens in this Texas city
1934This former San Francisco military fortress becomes a federal prison
1942The Rose Bowl game between Oregon State and Duke is played in this East Coast state due to fears of Japanese attack
1946Japanese Emperor Hirohito publicly declares that he is not this
1956This African nation achieves independence from the UK and Egypt
1960This musician plays the first of many free concerts behind bars, this time at San Quentin
1968This daredevil is seriously injured when he fails in his attempt to jump the fountain at Caesar's Palace
1971At 11:59 pm, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson broadcasts the last TV commercial for this product before a ban goes into effect
1975John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman are convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury in the fallout of this scandal
1977Jacqueline Means is the first woman to be officially ordained by this church
1994Wedding bells ring when Bill Gates marries this Dallas woman
1995Cartoonist Gary Larson brings this comic strip to a close after 15 years of publication
2000The world's computer system does NOT come crashing down due to this event, despite all the sensationalism
2002This currency becomes official in twelve countries

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