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On This Day January 1st

On This Day in history:

1804- Haiti gained its independence.

1863- President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation.

1892- Brooklyn and New York merge to form the single city of New York.

1913- The post office begins parcel post deliveries.

1919- J.D. Salinger is born

1959- Fidel Castro leads Cuban revolutionaries to victory over Fulgencio Batista.

1964- The Beach Boys record, "Fun Fun Fun."

1968- Evel Knievel loses control of his motorcycle midway through a jump of 141 feet in front of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

1979- The US and China establish diplomatic relations.

1999- The euro becomes the official currency of 11 European countries.

2011- Opray Winfrey launches the OWN cable network.

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