This day that year: January 1

Have you ever wondered what happened at the same moment, same day in history? 

We give you a glimpse into the past which will explain what makes the world that it is today.

After all, you never know where you are going till you know where you have been.





Jan. 1, 1068 – Romanos IV Diogenes marries Eudokia Makrembolitissa and is crowned Byzantine Emperor


Jan. 1, 1502 – The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese


Jan. 1, 1651 – Charles II is crowned King of Scotland


Jan. 1, 1772 – The first traveler’s cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London, England


Jan. 1, 1788 – First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published


Jan. 1, 1906 – British India officially adopts Indian Standard Time


Jan. 1, 1908 – For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City’s Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight


Jan. 1, 1912 – The Republic of China is established


Jan. 1, 1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet


Jan. 1, 1995 – The World Trade Organization goes into effect





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