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« on: January 06, 2010, 06:52:54 am »

Friday, January 01st
The 001st day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro led Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista. (Go to article.)

On Jan. 1, 1895, J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924-1972, was born. Following his death on May 2, 1972, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On January 1, 1859, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about New Year's Day. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1797    Albany became the capital of New York state, replacing New York City.

1808    A law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States went into effect.

1863    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free.

1892    The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.

1898    New York City was consolidated into five buroughs.

1901    The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.

1945    France was admitted to the United Nations.

1953    Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, died of a drug and alcohol overdose.

1958    Treaties establishing the European Economic Community went into effect.

1979    The United States and China established diplomatic relations.

1984    AT&T was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.

1990    David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City's first African-American mayor.

1993    Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1994    The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.

1998    An anti-smoking law went into effect in California, prohibiting people from lighting up in bars.

1999    The euro became the official currency of 11 European countries.

2008    No-smoking rules went into effect in France, prohibiting people from lighting up in cafes, bars and restaurants.

2009    The U.S. formally transferred control of the Green Zone to Iraqi authorities.

Current Birthdays

Frank Langella turns 72 years old today.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles Actor Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon") turns 72 years old today.


91    J.D. Salinger
Author ("The Catcher in the Rye")

88    Ernest Hollings
Former U.S. senator, D-S.C.

67    Don Novello
Comedian

63    Jon Corzine
Governor of New Jersey

60    Steve Ripley
Country singer (The Tractors)

60    Steve Ripley
Country singer (The Tractors)

56    Robert Menendez
U.S. senator, D-N.J.

52    Grandmaster Flash
Rapper

46    Dedee Pfeiffer
Actress

44    Embeth Davidtz
Actress

41    Verne Troyer
Actor ("Austin Powers" movies)

Historic Birthdays

J. Edgar Hoover

1/1/1895 - 5/2/1972
American director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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43    Lorenzo de' Medici
1/1/1449 - 3/9/1492
Italian statesman, ruler

51    Mad Anthony Wayne
1/1/1745 - 12/15/1796
American Revolutionary general

84    Betsy Ross
1/1/1752 - 1/30/1836
American, sewed the first American flag

87    Sir James George Frazer
1/1/1854 - 5/7/1941
British anthropologist, wrote Golden Bough

82    Alfred Stieglitz
1/1/1864 - 7/13/1946
American photographer

79    Ernest Jones
1/1/1879 - 2/11/1958
British psychoanalyst

73    William Fox
1/1/1879 - 5/8/1952
American motion picture executive

76    William J Donovan
1/1/1883 - 2/8/1959
American Director of the O.S.S. in WW2

76    Catherine Bowen
1/1/1897 - 11/1/1973
American writer

90    Xavier Cugat
1/1/1900 - 10/27/1990
Cuban band leader

83    Dana Andrews
1/1/1909 - 12/17/1992
American actor

89    Barry M. Goldwater
1/1/1909 - 5/29/1998
American senator

76    Kim Philby
1/1/1912 - 5/11/1988
British, Soviet double agent

71    Rocky Graziano
1/1/1919 - 5/22/1990
American boxer


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