1 January

1 January is the first day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 364 days remaining until the end of the year. This day is known as New Year’s Day since the day marks the beginning of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 1st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 1st in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Z Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Bloody Mary Day
  • Polar Bear Swim Day
  • Commitment Day
  • Global Family Day
  • Copyright Law Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – January 1

1999: The Euro becomes the official currency in 11 countries

While the Euro was already valid for bank transfers, notes and coins were introduced on January 1, 2002.

1993: Czechoslovakia is dissolved

The country was peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

1992: Russia is formed

The formation of the Russian Federation followed the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

1958: The European Economic Community is founded

The EEC was a predecessor of today’s European Union (EU)

1912: Republic of China is founded

It was succeeded by the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, January 1

1977: Bobby Roode, Canadian wrestler

1895: Edgar Hoover, American 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1864: Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer

1863: Pierre de Coubertin, French historian, educator, founded the International Olympic Committee

1735: Paul Revere, American military officer

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, January 1

1997: Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter, guitarist

1958: Edward Weston, American photographer

1953: Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter, guitarist

1894: Heinrich Hertz, German physicist

1782: Johann Christian Bach, German composer

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