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It happened on a… January 1

1999

The euro became currency for 11 Member States of the European Union. Coins and notes were not available until January 1, 2002.

1994

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect.

1985

VH-1 made its broadcasting debut.

1981

Fire in a recreation club kills 48 New Year’s Eve celebrants in the northern Quebec mining town of Chapais.

1959

Fidel Castro overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista, and seized power in Cuba.

1942

The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.

1934

Alcatraz Island officially became a Federal Prison.

1880

Building of Panama Canal begins.

1801

The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1724

Glassblower Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit proposes system for making thermometers and the Fahrenheit temperature scale.

0404

Last gladiator competition in Rome.

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