January 1

1863

Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

1908

The ball signifying the New Year was dropped for the first time at Times Square in New York City.

1914

The world's first airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, starts operation in St. Petersburg, Florida.

1959

Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries took over Cuba and toppled Fulgencio Batista's regime.

1975

John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman were convicted of obstruction of justice in the Watergate affair.

1993

Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

1994

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect.

2002

Euro coins and notes went into circulation in twelve European nations.

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