02 January 2013

Timeline January 1 & 2

January 1
45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.
1773  The hymn that became known as "Amazing Grace", was first used to accompany a sermon led by John Newton in the town of Olney, England.
1801  The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1863  President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free.
1885  Twenty-five nations adopt Sandford Fleming's proposal for standard time and time zones.
1892  The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.
1898  New York City was consolidated into five boroughs.
1901  The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
1994  The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.

January 2
1727  James Wolfe, English general who captured Quebec, was born. Died Sept. 13, 1759.
1920  Isaac Asimov, the popular science fiction writer and biochemist, was born.

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