Home   On This Day   On This Day in History, January 1

On This Day in History, January 1

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.

Births On This Day – January 1

  • 1919 J. D. Salinger

    American author

  • 1895 J. 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

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

You might also like

The Hindu deity Rahu.

Solar Eclipse Myths

The solar eclipse has inspired many mythical stories and influenced human behavior. Even today, eclipses of the Sun are considered bad omens in many cultures. more

Watching Lunar Eclipses

A lunar eclipse can be seen with the naked eye, unlike solar eclipses, which have special safety requirements. more

December Solstice Facts

10 things you may not know about the December Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. more