1st January

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2002 Euro Currency Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve European Community countries
1999 Euro Currency The Euro currency is introduced
1995 Frederick West found dead Frederick West is found dead hanged in his prison cell at Winson Green prison near Birmingham.
1995 EC - Finland Finland is admitted to the European Community
1995 World Trade Organisation The World Trade Organisation comes into being
1995 EC - Sweden Sweden admitted into the European Community
1995 EC - Austria Austria admitted into the European Community
1988 Perestroika laws come into effect Legislation initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev under his plan for Perestroika come into effect this day, transferring much of the economic processes from state to private enterprise.
1986 EC - Portugal Portugal is admitted in to the European Community
1986 EC - Spain Spain is admitted to the European Community
1981 EC - Greece Greece is admitted to the European Community
1973 EC - Denmark Denmark is admitted to the European Community
1973 EC - Ireland Ireland is admitted in to the European Community
1973 EC - United Kingdom United Kingdom is admitted in to the European Community
1972 Maurice Chevalier dies French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier dies.
1962 Beatles - Recording contract Decca Records turn down the Beatles
1959 Fidel Castro achieves victory in Cuba Fidel Castro leads Cuban revolutionaries to victory over the government led by Fulgencio Batista
1958 European Community (EC) European Community is established
1939 Hewlett Packard Hewlett Packard is founded by William Hewlett and David Packard
1912 China The Republic of China is established
1909 United Kingdom - First old age pensions Thousands of Britons over the age of 70 went to their Post Office to collect their new pension
1908 Gustav Mahler conducting debut Gustav Mahler makes his US conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
1892 Ellis Island opens The immigration centre at Ellis Island in New York opens.
1833 Falkland Islands Britain claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands
1818 Mary Shelley Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is published
1804 Haiti Haiti becomes the first black republic and the first independent country in the West Indies following years of French rule
1801 United Kingdom The legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom
1651 Scottish Royalty King Charles II is crowned King of Scotland
1431 Popes Pope Alexander VI born
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On This Day - 1st January