January 01: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most noteworthy events and historical facts that occurred on January 1 throughout history. January 1st is the first day of the Gregorian calendar, and is frequently referred to as New Year’s Day for this reason. On January 1st, many people start their New Year’s resolutions.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 1st. Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, and Verne Troyer all had famous birthdays. National Hangover Day is observed on January 1st.


(January 01, 1902)
The University of Michigan defeated Stanford in the first college football bowl game, which became known as the Rose Bowl; nevertheless, it was not until 1916 that the game became an annual occurrence. photo source:


(January 01, 1919)
J.D. Salinger, an American author whose only novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), received widespread critical acclaim, was born. photo source:

(January 01, 1959)
After his administration was overthrown by rebel troops led by Fidel Castro, dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba. photo source:

(January 01, 1983)
The ARPANET switches to TCP/IP, the Internet Protocol, essentially establishing the Internet. photo source:

(January 01, 2002)
With the introduction of both currency and coins on this day in 2002, the euro became the exclusive legal tender of participating member states by March 2002. photo source:


(January 01, 2021)
Dame Elmira Minita Gordon was the first Governor General of Belize from 1981 to 1993. As the first Belizean to get a Ph.D. in psychology. As a "double dame", she holds the Order of St Michael and St George and the Royal Victorian Order.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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