mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Happy New Year! This Day in History, January 1

Happy new year to everyone reading Mabfan's Musings! I've noticed a lot of people posting wrap-ups of 2005, including books read, projects worked on and published, and answers to various lists of questions (memes, anyone?). Sometime this month I'll be putting some of that into my email newsletter, which I've been sending out since December 1996, longer than I've been blogging. (My first post on LiveJournal was on September 10, 2002.) In the meantime, I thought I'd try to get back into a historical swing by listing a few notable events that took place on January 1 throughout history.

In 45 BCE, the Julian calendar first took effect.

In 1673, regular mail delivery began between New York and Boston.

In 1797, Albany replaced New York City as the capital of the state of New York.

In 1801, the first known asteroid, 1 Ceres, was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.

In 1818, Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is published.

In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in Confederate territory.

In 1892, Ellis Island opened up to begin accepting immigrants to the United States.

In 1898, by an order of the state legislature, New York City annexed land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25th by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.

In 1942, the Declaration by the United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.

In 1966, MTA New York City Transit workers started a 12 day strike.

In 1985, the Internet's Domain Name System was created.

(Sources: Wikipedia: January 1 and This Day in History: January 1.)
Tags: astronomy, history, nyc, personal, science

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