January 1: 10 Significant Events On this Day in History

On This Day In History January 1

Discover 10 Significant Events that happened on January 1. We’ve attempted to create a factual list that touches on the most influential and major events that happened on this date that shapes our lives and the society we live in.

On this Day in History

January 1:

Following are the 10 Significant Events that happened on January 1:

10. Last Gladiator Fight in Rome

On this day in 404 AD, the last known gladiator fight was fought in Rome. The event known in history books as “Saint Telemachus” – who according to historical references was a monk.

The story as often told: In the fourth century, a little monk named Telemachus from Asia (modern-day Turkey comprises the Roman province of Asia, or perhaps Asia Minor is meant) was led by an inner voice to go to Rome without knowing why.

He followed the crowds to the Coliseum. Two gladiators were fighting, and Telemachus tried to get between them to stop them, shouting three times, “In the name of Christ, forbear!”

Telemachus was killed by being run through with the sword of one of the gladiators. When the crowd saw the little monk lying dead in a pool of blood, they fell silent, leaving the stadium, one by one. Because of Telemachus’ death, three days later, the Emperor by decree ended the Games.

9. Lucius – Emperor of Rome

On this day in 89, Gov Lucius Antonius Saturninus of Germany becomes emperor of Rome. Lucius Antonius Saturninus was a Roman Senator and general during the reign of Vespasian and his sons.

While governor of the province Germania Superior, motivated by a personal grudge against Emperor Domitian, he led a rebellion known as the Revolt of Saturninus and eventually become the emperor of Rome on 1st January, 89 CE.

8. Discovery of Rio De Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro was discovered on January 1, 1502, by Portuguese navigators who mistook the entrance of Guanabara Bay for the mouth of a river (Rio).

Sixty years later because French traders in search of Brazilwood were routinely “visiting” the area the Portuguese crown established the city of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro.

After 2 years of bloody conflict, the French were expelled and settlers began to cultivate the surrounding fertile lands. In the beginning of the 18th century, the city’s importance and population increased immensely as it became the main shipping port for gold and diamonds.

Today, Rio De Janeiro is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, because of its beautiful landscape, historical places, and beaches.

7. Lorenzo de’ Medici was Born

On this day in 1449, Florentine statesman, ruler, and patron of arts and letters Lorenzo de’ Medici was born.

Lorenzo de’ Medici was an Italian statesman and de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, who was the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of the Renaissance.

6. Hank William Died

Hiram “Hank” Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century.

His iconic status was amplified by his death at age 29 and by his reputation for hard living and emotional vulnerability.

5. Paul Revere was Born

On this day in 1735, Paul Revere, the horseback-riding folk hero of the American Revolution, was born.

He is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” (1861).

4. Haiti Independence

On this day in 1804, Haiti declared its independence from France.

Two months after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s colonial forces, Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaims the independence of Saint-Domingue, renaming it Haiti after its original Arawak name (language in Carribean countries).

Haiti became an independent country on January 1, 1804.

3. Fidel Castro Cuba

On this day in 1959, Dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba after his regime was toppled by rebel forces led by Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party communist state, while industry and business were nationalized and state socialist reforms were implemented throughout society.


On this day in 1994, The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, eliminating most tariffs and other trade barriers on products and services passing between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Following Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, there is a proposed plant to pull out of NAFTA. would have a range of unintended consequences for the U.S., including reduced access to the U.S.’s biggest export markets, a reduction in economic growth, and increased prices for gasoline, cars, fruits, and vegetables. The worst affected sectors would be textiles, agriculture, and automobiles.

Trade Experts believe such a plan would have a range of unintended consequences for the U.S., including reduced access to the U.S.’s biggest export markets, a reduction in economic growth, and increased prices for gasoline, cars, fruits, and vegetables. The worst affected sectors would be textiles, agriculture, and automobiles. However, the future of NAFTA has to be decided by current Presidency.

1. Euro introduced in Europe

On this day in 2002 the euro, the monetary unit of the European Union, was introduced with the issuance of both currency and coins, and by March 2002 it was the sole legal tender of participating member states.

The currency of Euro which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

The currency is also officially used by the institutions of the European Union and four other European countries, as well as unilaterally by two others, and is consequently used daily by some 337 million Europeans as of 2015.

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