Happy New YearHAPPY NEW YEAR! As a light-hearted start here’s a look at events that happened on New Year’s Day in the past.

1935 – The very first Orange Bowl pitted Bucknell University against the University of Miami. Bucknell won 26-0. Meanwhile the first Sugar Bowl saw Tulane defeat Temple 20-14.

1915 – With World War One raging a German U-Boat struck in the English Channel, sinking the ship the Formidable and killing 547 people.

1902 – In the first Rose Bowl game Michigan defeats Stanford 49-0.

1946 – Japanese soldiers at Corregidor learned from news reports that World War Two had ended months ago and finally came out of hiding to surrender.

1801 – The asteroid (now a dwarf planet) Ceres is discovered by the Italian Giuseppe Piazzi. 

1962 – The U.S. Navy SEALS are officially formed.

404 – The last gladiator games are held in Rome. 

1917 – In World War One action Lawrence of Arabia arrives at Sheikh Feisal’s camp.

1818 – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is published.

1993 – The former nation of Czechoslovakia splits into two nations – the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

1673 – Regular mail service began between New York City and Boston. 

1928 – San Antonio, TX is the site of the first air-conditioned office in the U.S. 

1788 – Quakers in Pennsylvania free their slaves.

1944 – In Oran, North Africa, Army defeats Navy 10-7 in a game called the Arab Bowl. 

1808 – The U.S. Congress prohibits the importation of slaves.

1901 – Australia declares its independence from the federation of United Kingdom Colonies.

1847 – Michigan abolishes the death penalty.

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10 responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR

  1. I love the odd things you write about! Everybody in my unit come here a lot.

  2. Tom

    I wish you just did mythology posts.

  3. Happy New Year to you too! These were fun facts.

  4. That world war 1 info is new to me.

  5. Marian Dory

    Those Quakers were ahead of their time with that!

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