On This Day January 1st
On This Day in history:
1804- Haiti gained its independence.
1863- President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation.
1892- Brooklyn and New York merge to form the single city of New York.
1913- The post office begins parcel post deliveries.
1919- J.D. Salinger is born
1959- Fidel Castro leads Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.
1964- The Beach Boys record, "Fun Fun Fun."
1968- Evel Knievel loses control of his motorcycle midway through a jump of 141 feet in front of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
1979- The US and China establish diplomatic relations.
1999- The euro becomes the official currency of 11 European countries.
2011- Opray Winfrey launches the OWN cable network.
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