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New Year's Day (Iran)
1413 Henry of Monmouth, Prince of Wales, became King Henry V of England.
1556 Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, died.
1617 Indian "princess" Pocahontas died.
1685 Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born.
Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1791 Captain Hopley Yeaton of New Hampshire became the first commissioned officer in the U. S. Navy.
1804 The Civil Code of Napoleon was adopted in France.
1806 Benito Juárez, Mexican President, was born.
1824 Fire at an ammunitions dump in Cairo, Egypt, killed 4,000 horses.
1839 Composer Modest Mussorgsky was born.
Philadelphia Zoological Society was incorporated, making
it the first zoo in America.
1866 The U. S. Congress authorized national soldiers' homes.
1868 The first U. S. professional women's club, Sorosis, was formed in New York City, New York.
1869 Theater producer Florenz Ziegfeld was born.
1874 U. S. President Ulysses Grant's daughter Nellie got married in the White House.
1904 Forrest Mars, the inventor of M&M's, was born.
1906 Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III was born.
1907 The United States invaded Honduras.
1916 Criminal Cole Younger died.
Walsh became the U. S. Navy's first female Petty Officer.
1924 Mass Investors Trust became the first mutual fund set up in the United States.
1925 Tennessee enacted a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.
1928 Actor James Coco was born.
1934 Fire destroyed Hakodate, Japan, and killed about 1,500 people.
1935 Persia was officially renamed Iran.
1939 Kate Smith recorded "God Bless America."
"Flying Tigers" were incorporated into the U.
S. Army Air Force.
1944 Actor Timothy Dalton was born.
President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9835
requiring all federal employees to swear allegiance to
the United States.
1948 "Stop the Music," with Bert Parks premiered, on ABC Radio.
1949 Musician Eddie Money was born.
1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage.
1952 The first rock and roll concert in America, the Moondog Coronation Ball, was hosted by DJ Alan Freed, in Cleveland, Ohio.
1958 Actress Sabrina Le
Beauf was born.
Boganda, Premier of the Central African Republic, was
killed in an airplane crash about 100 miles south of
1960 More than 50 people
were killed and more than 150 were injured at Sharpeville, South Africa, when police
fired on Africans demonstrating against racial pass laws.
Bell was founded.
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was officially closed.
1964 UCLA defeated Duke 98-83 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
1965 Dr. Martin Luther King led 3,000 demonstrators on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco,
California, Mayor Joseph Alioto.
1975 Ethiopia abolished its monarchy.
1979 The Egyptian Parliament unanimously approved a peace treaty with Israel.
President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States
would not participate in the Summer Olympic Games in
owners voted to implement a "no celebrating"
Football player Adrian Peterson was born.
1987 Actor Robert Preston died.
1990 Namibia became independent of South Africa.
1991 Electric guitar pioneer Leo Fender died.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
entered into force.
1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
2002 American politician Herman Talmadge died.
2013 A car bombing
killed 12 persons and injured 30 in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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