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This Day in History: January 1

January 1: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1502 - The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese.
  2. 1773 - The hymn that became known as "Amazing Grace", then titled "1 Chronicles 17:16-17" is first used to accompany a sermon led by John Newton in the town of Olney, England.
  3. 1808 - The importation of slaves into the United States is banned.
  4. 1892 - Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States.
  5. 1999 - The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries - members of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden).
  6. Famous Birthdays: Paul Revere (American military officer), Betsy Ross (American seamstress, designed the Flag of the United States), Gustave Whitehead (German-American engineer), Agner Krarup Erlang (Danish mathematician, statistician, and engineer), J. Edgar Hoover (American 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

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