Friday, January 1, 2016

Today in History: Friday, January 01, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free.
 
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On this date in:
1808A law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States went into effect.
1892The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.
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1898New York City was consolidated into five buroughs.
1901The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
1919J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye," was born in New York City.
1953Country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, died of a drug and alcohol overdose.
1958Treaties establishing the European Economic Community went into effect.
1959Fidel Castro led Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.
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1979The United States and China established diplomatic relations.
1984AT&T was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.
1990David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City's first African-American mayor.
1993Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
1994The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.
1999The euro became the official currency of 11 European countries.
2011Oprah Winfrey launched the OWN cable TV network.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon") turns 78 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ernest HollingsFormer U.S. senator, D-S.C.94
Country Joe McDonaldRock singer, musician (Country Joe and the Fish)74
Don NovelloComedian73
Jon CorzineFormer governor of New Jersey69
Christine LagardeIMF managing director60
Grandmaster FlashRapper58
Dedee PfeifferActress52
Embeth DavidtzActress50
Verne TroyerActor ("Austin Powers" movies)47
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., turns 62 years old today.
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