Thursday, January 1, 2009

Anniversary: New Year

Romans first marked the new year on this date in 153 BC. The date holds a great collection of fantastic and notable happenings. Here are a few:

Last Roman gladiatorial contest (404)
Paul Revere born (1735)
Dutch East India Company closed (1800)
Britain's Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India (1877)
Ellis Island opens (1892)
First Rose Bowl played in Pasadena (1902)
Republic of China established (1912)
J.D. Salinger born (1919)
Edwin Hubble discovers galaxies beyond Milky Way (1925)
Nazi Germany passes "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" (1934)
UN cease-fire in Kashmir (1949)
Hank Williams died (1953)
First coast-to-coast color broadcast (1954)
Internet's Domain Name System created (1985)
Townes Van Zandt died (1997)

A reasonable history of humanity could be gathered from those events of the first day of the New Year.

(image credit: gladiators from the Zliten mosaic, circa AD 200,