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The month of January is a special month as: January 1, or January the first, is of course the first day of the calendar year. This is true in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. I'm referring to the standard calendar year, in which months are ordered: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. It used to be in history that the first day of a medieval Julian new year was a day other than January 1. January 1st was adopted as the first day of the Julian year by all Western European countries except England between about 1440 and 1610. After the first of January 364 days in the year exist (365 in leap years).

Great events that have occurent on this day throughout history are:

45 BC - The Julian calendar first takes effect.
404 - Last known gladiator competition in Rome takes place.
630 - Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that will capture it bloodlessly.
1651 - Charles II crowned King of Scotland.
1673 - Regular mail delivery begins between New York and Boston.
1788 - First edition of "The Times of London" is published.
1797 - Albany replaces New York City as the capital on New York.
1801 - The first known asteroid 1 Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.
1808 - Importation of slaves into the United States is banned.
1894 - The Manchester Ship Canal, England, was officially opened to traffic.
1898 - New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York.
1908 - The first payments of old-age pensions were made in Britain, with persons over 70 receiving five shillings (25p) a week.
1912 - The Republic of China is established.
1934 - Alcatraz Island becomes a U.S. federal prison.
1970 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC.
1971 - Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television.
1984 - AT&T is broken up into twenty-two independent units.
1985 - The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
1985 - The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
1992 - George H. W. Bush becomes the first President of the United States of America to address the Australian Parliament.
1994 - The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect.
1995 - The World Trade Organization comes into effect.
1995 - The Kingdom of Sweden and the republics of Austria and Finland are admitted into the European Union.
1998 - Smoking is banned in all bars and restaurants in the State of California.
1999 - The Euro currency is introduced.
2001 - January 1st marked the first Day of the Third Millennium.

The beginning of a new year marks a lot of change for alot of us. Think in your own life to New Year's resolutions, financial and personal goals, etc. Whatever it is that you aim to achive this new year I wish you the best!
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