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Calendar for January 1st, 2013

New Year's Day

Named for the Roman god Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings, January was originally the 11th month, not the 1st, until at least 153 B.C. Janus looks simultaneously to the future and the past, a fitting symbol for this first day of the year. The weather of the first 12 days of the year is said to be indicative of the following 12 months.

Every Year

  • New Year's Day

  • Every Year

    • Circumcision

    • 1730s

    • Born 1735: Paul Revere (patriot)

    • 1750s

    • Born 1752: Betsy Ross (patriot)

    • 1770s

    • 1776: First U.S. flag, The Grand Union, was displayed by George Washington; it became the unofficial national flag, preceding the 13-star, 13 stripe version

    • 1780s

    • Died 1782: Johann Christian Bach (composer)

    • 1800s

    • 1801: Legislative Union of Great Britain with Ireland under the name of United Kingdom became effective

    • 1801: President John Adams held the first New Year's reception in the White House

    • 1808: Importation of slaves into the U.S. officially banned

    • 1840s

    • 1840: First recorded ten-pin bowling match played at Knickerbocker Alleys, NYC

    • 1860s

    • 1863: The Emancipation Proclamation became law, marking the end of legalized slavery in the U.S.

    • 1870s

    • Born 1879: E.M. Forster (novelist)

    • 1880s

    • 1889: State of New York introduced the electric chair for capital punishment

    • 1890s

    • 1892: The U.S. government opened an immigrant processing station at Ellis Island, New York

    • Born 1895: J. Edgar Hoover (director of U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation)

    • 1900s

    • 1902: First Rose Bowl football game played at Pasadena, California

    • 1910s

    • Born 1911: Hank Greenberg (baseball player)

    • 1913: U.S. Parcel Post service began

    • 1915: The British battleship Formidable was sunk in the English Channel by a German submarine with the loss of 600 lives (WW I)

    • Born 1919: Carole Landis (actress)

    • Born 1919: J.D. Salinger (author)

    • 1930s

    • Born 1932: Terry Moore (actress)

    • 1934: Fiorello La Guardia is inaugurated as mayor of New York

    • 1940s

    • Born 1943: Don Novello (actor)

    • Born 1946: Kathleen Casey-Kirschling (official first baby boomer)

    • 1950s

    • 1950: The U.S. Navy commissioned its first woman doctor, Mary Sproul

    • Born 1957: Nancy Lopez (golfer)

    • 1970s

    • 1972: Kurt Waldheim inaugurated as Secretary General of the United Nations

    • Died 1972: Maurice Chevalier

    • Died 1974: Julia Phillips (first woman to win an Oscar Award [for co-producing the movie "The Sting"])

    • 1975: John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman, and John Mitchell were found guilty of obstructing justice in the Watergate Incident

    • 1977: Episcopal Church of the U.S. ordained its first woman priest

    • 1980s

    • 1984: American Telephone & Telegraph Co. officially divested itself of 22 Bell System subsidiaries

    • 2000s

    • Died 2001: Ray Walston (actor)

    • 2003: The Coney Island Polar Bear Club observed its 100th anniversary the same way it celebrated the previous 99--with a New Year's Day plunge in the Atlantic Ocean

    • 2004: A strong earthquake rocked Mexico City and Acapulco

    • Died 2005: Shirley Chisholm (an advocate for minority rights who became the first black woman elected to Congress)

    • 2006: New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie converted the first successful drop kick in an NFL game since 1941

    • 2008: Twelve-year-old Aidan Murray Medley caught a 551-pound bull shark just north of Palm Beach Inlet, Florida

    • 2010s

    • Died 2013: Patti Page (singer)


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