On This Day in History, January 1

If you enjoy learning about your history or any other historic events, this list of significant events that happened on January 1st are yours to go to.

Let’s explore!

  • 45BC – The Julian calendar took effect
  • 1863 –  Abraham Lincoln issued an emancipation proclamation to free slaves in US confederate states
  • 1901 – The proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • 1908 – The first ball is dropped in New York City’s Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight
  • 1912 – The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) was created
  • 1935 – The First Orange Bowl Game was played
  • 1937 – Workers begin to acquire old-age pension benefits.
  • 1942 – The U.S. government banned the sale of civilian vehicles.
  • 1942 – The signing of a declaration that established the existence of the UN.
  • 1947 – The Canadian Citizenship came into effect.
  • 1948 – The four largest British rail companies are turned into Nationalized British Railways.
  • 1953 – The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK.
  • 1958 – The European Economic Community, started its operation
  • 1960Johnny Cash plays his first free concert behind bars
  • 1971Cigarette ads were banned on American TV
  • 1985 – First Mobile Phone Call in Britain to Vodafone was made.
  • 1991 –  Canada introduced the first national sales tax, known as Canada Goods and Service Tax.
  • 1998 – The European Central Bank was created
  • 2000 – The Panama canal was handed over to Panama
  • 2006 – Sydney, recorded the hottest temperatures hitting a staggering 45 degrees Celsius, causing bush fires and power outages.

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