Monday, January 1, 2018

1920 January 1 - Babe Ruth is traded by the Red Sox for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.

Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam)

1855 - We Wish You a Happy New Year.
We know how busy you are this morning - you can't stop to take a third cup, nor to eat half a breakfast; you are in a pet about your boots - in a stew about the barber - and you, good lady, have the parlor to put in order - and to dress - we'll hold you but a moment.

A happy New Year to you! A merry day with do reaction after it - a generous, social time, and no head-ache to-morrow. And if... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  January 1, 1855

1863 - January 1 - Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."...

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of... Read MORE...
January 1, 1863

Jackson, Michigan, USA

DETROIT, Dec. 30. The center portion of of [sic] the building at the State Prison, Jackson, Mich., fell yesterday. The building was three stories high, and had been used formerly as a tannery, but at present was occupied by a cigar contractor named Hollingsworth. There were only three men in the building at the time of the accident, 150 men having just left. The lower story had been used as a... Read MORE...

Bangor Daily Whig and Courier -  Bangor, Maine -  January 1, 1874

London, England

1881 - On entering the sea, bathers should go thoroughly into it, and not dabble about, to get chilled knee-deep in the water...
When an individual commences bathing, it is best that he or she take one or two plunges, and then leave the water. After the next two or three days, five minutes' immersion may be allowed, but it should be noticed if there is any feeling of chilliness. If so, the time should even be lessened, when a glow is felt after one or two plunges into the sea, but a coldness if the bather remains longer in ... Read MORE...

Cassell's Household Guide To Every Department of Practical Life
London, England -  January 1, 1881

Johnstown, New York, USA

1887  Loss, Fifty Thousand Dollars.

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 30. - Charles King's glove-leather establishment was burned Tuesday night. Sixty men are thrown out of employment. The loss estimated at about $50,000; insurance, $35,000.

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  January 1, 1887

Plainfield, Connecticut, USA

1900 - C. H. CHICKERING'S WIDOWS - Four Women Claim the Estate of a Plainfield (Conn.) Man.
Special to the New York Times.
NEW HAVEN, Dec. 31. - The question as to how many widows C. H. Chickering, the former proprietor of the Plainfield (Conn.) Hotel leaves is one that is likely to keep the courts busy for some time to come. Chickering was found dead in Albion yesterday, and there are thus far four claimants for his estate from women who show certificates of their marriage to... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  January 1, 1901

Kingston, New York, USA

200 Tons of Coal Piled up at Albany Avenue Bridge When Wheel Breaks and Derails 8 Cars - O. & W. Terminal Used by U. & D.

Sunday afternoon about 5:40, while the Ulster and Delaware coal train No. 39, eastbound, as proceeding about two rails lengths west of the Albany avenue bridge a wheel on one of the cars near the front of the train broke, piling four of the cars up in the west end of the... Read MORE...

The Kingston Daily Freeman -  Kingston, New York -  January 1, 1923

Gulfport, Mississippi, USA

1929 - Four Killed at Grade Crossing In Mississippi
GULFORT, Miss., Jan. 1. - (AP) - Four persons were killed, two injured seriously and one slightly hurt when an automobile in which they were riding was struck by a Louisville and Nashville east-bound passenger train at the 39th Avenue crossing here last night.

The dead are:
JOSEPH P. McNAMEE, operator of a meat market in Gulfort.
Mrs. CORRINE McMAMEE, his wife.
Miss MARY McMAMEE, 19, their...

The Bee -  Danville, Virginia -  January 1, 1930

Los Angeles, California, USA

1934 January 1, 1934 - Heavy rain which began on December 30th led to flooding in the Los Angeles Basin area of California.

Flooding claimed the lives of at least 45 persons. Walls of water and debris up to ten feet high were noted in some canyon areas. Rainfall totals ranged up to 16.29 inches at Azusa, with 8.26 inches reported in Downtown Los Angeles.
January 1, 1934

Rockford, Illinois, USA

1944 - Woman Dies as Car Hits Tree - Car Skids on Ice on South Main Road
Mrs. Ruth Williamson, 30, Rochelle, was killed at 3:40 a.m. Sunday when she lost control of her automobile on the ice on South Main road a half mile north of Pelley road and the machine crashed into a tree.

Mrs. Williamson, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Floyd Williamson, is serving with the army in the South Pacific, incurred a fracture of the neck and was pronounced dead upon arrival at St.... Read MORE...

Register-Republic -  Rockford, Illinois -  January 1, 1945

1831  January 1 - First Abolitionist Newspaper
The first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, published in Boston by William Lloyd Garrison resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

1867  January 1 – The Covington–Cincinnati Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in the United States, becoming the longest single-span bridge in the world.

1870  At Hingham, Mass., the Methodist Rev. W. T. Alderman, who was sick and unable to officiate his church on a recent Sunday, sent his wife as a substitute, and the accounts relate that she preached a better sermon than her husband ever did.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1870  For forty years Deacon Bachelor has led the singing in the Congregational Church at Northbridge, Mass.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1886  January 1 - 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena California)

1889  January 1 - A total eclipse is seen over parts of California and Nevada.

1898  January 1 – New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The city is geographically divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.

1902  January 1 - 1st Rose Bowl game (Pasadena, California) (U of Mich-49, Sanford-0)

1918  January – 1918 flu pandemic: "Spanish 'flu" (influenza) first observed in Haskell County, Kansas.

1920  January 1 - Babe Ruth is traded by the Red Sox for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.

1928  January 1 - 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio

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