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January 1


1797   Albany replaces New York City as the capital of New York.

1801   The first known asteroid, 1 Ceres, is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.

1863   The first claim under the Homestead Act is made by Daniel Freeman for a farm in Nebraska.

1890   The first Tournament of Roses is held in Pasadena, California.

1902   The first Rose Bowl game is played in Pasadena, California.

1934   Alcatraz Island becomes a U.S. federal prison.

1937   The first Cotton Bowl game is played in Dallas, Texas.

1999   The Euro currency is introduced.

1863   Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation freeing many slaves

Famous Birthdays:

1735   Paul Revere (American patriot)

1752   Betsy Ross (American Flag maker)

1895   J Edgar Hoover (FBI)

1911   Hank Greenburg (Baseball Player)

1967   Derrick Thomas (NFL Linebacker)

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