January 1 in History
1804January 1, 1804:
Haiti’s independence from French colonial rule is declared.
1818January 1, 1818:
“Frankenstein” by author Mary Shelley is published.
1863January 1, 1863:
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation to free US Confederacy slaves.
1915January 1, 1915:
The film, “A Birth of a Nation” by D.W. Griffith is previewed to a limited audience at the Riverside, California-based Loring Opera House under the title “The Clansman”.
1958January 1, 1958:
Johnny Cash holds his first prison concert at the San Quentin State Prison.
1959January 1, 1959:
Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba as his dictatorial regime is brought to an end by Fidel Castro.
1994January 1, 1994:
The North American Free Trade Agreement is effected to eliminate barriers to trade amongst Canada, United States and Mexico.
2002January 1, 2002:
The use of the Euro starts amongst participating members of the European Union.
2011January 1, 2011:
The basic cable channel named Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) starts transmission.
- January 1, 2011:
Singer Shania Twain marries Frederick Thiebaud in Puerto Rico.