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Today In History - January 1

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Today in History in 1735 future silversmith and U.S. patriot Paul Revere, and in 1752 Betsy Ross (Elizabeth Griscom) the seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag were born.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 45 BC - The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.
  • 630 - The Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.
  • 1651 - Charles II Stuart crowned king of Scotland
  • 1758 - The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom. This naming system is based on the binomial nomenclature laid out in Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae.
  • 1776 - Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
  • 1788 - Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
  • 1818 - Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones
  • 1863 - Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln to free slaves in confederate states
  • 1896 - Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays
  • 1907 - President Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day
  • 1942 - Rose Bowl football match played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat - Oregon State 20, Duke University 16
  • 1958 - European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
  • 1959 - Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic
  • 1960 - Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars
  • 1965 - American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California
  • 1996 - After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1449 - Lorenzo de 'Medici (The Magnificent), Florentine statesman (d. 1492)
  • 1735 - Paul Revere, silversmith/US patriot (British are coming)
  • 1752 - Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag
  • 1895 - J. Edgar Hoover, Washington, D.C., first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72)
  • 1900 - Xavier Cugat, Barcelona Spain, bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo)
  • 1909 - Barry Goldwater, (Sen-R-Az, 1953-65, 69- )/Pres candidate (R) 1964)
  • 1909 - Dana Andrews, Collins Miss, actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura)
  • 1919 - Rocky Graziano, New York City, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover)
  • 1927 - Vernon L. Smith, American economist (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences)
  • 1938 - Frank Langella, Bayonne, New Jersey, American actor (Dracula, Frost/Nixon)
  • 1987 - Meryl Davis, American ice dancer

Famous Weddings

  • 414 - King Ataulf of Narbonne marries emperor Honorius sister Galle Placidia
  • 1772 - US founding father Thomas Jefferson (30) marries Martha Wayles Skelton (23)
  • 1811 - Writer James Fenimore Cooper (21) weds Susan Augusta de Lancey in Mamaroneck, New York
  • 1824 - US President James Knox Polk (28) weds Sarah Childress (20) in Murfreesboro
  • 1896 - 1st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (26) weds first wife Hilaria del Rosario
  • 1936 - Actor Paul Henreid (27) weds Elizabeth Camilla Julia Gluck
  • 1956 - Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese
  • 1958 - Sammy Davis Jr marries Loray White
  • 1965 - Novelist Michael Crichton (22) weds high school sweetheart Joan Radam
  • 1972 - Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)
  • 1979 - Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)
  • 1988 - Actor Michael Biehn (31) weds film producer Gina Marsh
  • 1989 - Actor Leonard Nimoy (57) weds actress Susan Bay
  • 1994 - Microsoft CEO Bill Gates (38) marries Melinda French (29)
  • 2002 - Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London
  • 2003 - "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2003 - "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland
  • 2004 - Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2011 - Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua
  • 2011 - Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • 2011 - "Hot in Cleveland" star Valerie Bertinelli weds financial planner Tom Vitale at their home in Malibu, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1557 - Jacques Cartier, French explorer (Canada), dies at 65
  • 1953 - Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29
  • 1960 - Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 48
  • 1994 - Cesar Romero, US actor (Joker-Batman), dies at 86
  • 2005 - Shirley Chisholm, 1st African American Congresswoman and presidential candidate (b. 1924)
  • 2013 - Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American pop singer, dies at 85

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