Top 10 Things that Happened on January 1st

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The Top Ten

1 1863 - The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in US confederate states. - Metal_Treasure

Yup, a great achievement! - Phillip873

2 1942 - United Nations Established

Totally - Phillip873

3 1958 - The European Community Established
4 1901 - Commonwealth Of Australia Created
5 1772 - The first traveler’s cheques go on sale in London
6 1985 - First Mobile Phone Call

The British comedian Ernie Wise makes the First Mobile Phone Call to Vodafone. - Metal_Treasure

7 1937 - Safety Glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain
8 1985 - The Internet's Domain Name System is created
9 2000 - New Millennium
10 404 - Last gladiator competition in Rome

404 - Last gladiator competition in Rome not found. - PositronWildhawk

The Contenders

11 1808 - Congress prohibits importation of slaves
12 1968 - The Netherlands gets color TV
13 1788 - Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves

They did it before The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 - Metal_Treasure

14 1502 - Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
15 1906 - Dutch law makes driver's license mandatory
16 1673 - Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston
17 1947- Britain nationalizes its coal industry
18 1852 - The Netherlands begins issuing postage stamps
19 1966 - All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
20 1862 - 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
21 1600 - Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of 25 March
22 1785 - "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
23 1998 - All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke-free
24 1948 - British railways are nationalized to form British Rail
25 1700 - Russia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire
26 1934 - Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison
27 1908 - 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square
28 1925 - The American astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way
29 1922 - Vancouver, BC, Canada, starts driving on the right side of road
30 1913 - US Post office begins parcel post deliveries
31 1852 - 1st US public bath opens in New York City
32 1941 - Netherlands begins taxing wages
33 1847 - Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment
34 1994 - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect
35 1858 - Canada begins using decimal currency system and first produces their own coins

Canada has always been influenced by both - the US and Europe (UK and France in particular). Introduction of the Canadian currency is a perfect example - the first coins portrayed the head of Queen Victoria AND fractions of the US dollar. The Government in London agreed to a decimal coinage but hoped that a sterling unit would be adopted under the name 'Royal'. However, the Canadian authorities were determined to align with the US dollar. So our currency is 'Dollar' (Canadian Dollar). - Metal_Treasure

36 1583 - 1st day of the Gregorian calendar in Holland & Flanders
37 1700 - Protestant Western Europe (except England) begins using the Gregorian calendar
38 1893 - Japan adopts the Gregorian calendar
39 1953 -The first TV detector van begins operation in the UK (used to track down users of unlicensed television sets)
40 1918 - Finland adopts the Gregorian calendar
41 1927 - Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar

December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian). - Metal_Treasure

42 1001 - Kingdom of Hungary established

Either in 1000 Dec 25 or in 1001 Jan 01, Vajk, Hungarian Prince was crowned as Stephen I. This marks the creation of one of Europe's historically most influential and oldest countries.

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