New York City drops the ball
The ball signifying the New Year was dropped for the first time at Times Square in New York City.
Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
The world's first airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, starts operation in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries took over Cuba and toppled Fulgencio Batista's regime.
John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman were convicted of obstruction of justice in the Watergate affair.
Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect.
Euro coins and notes went into circulation in twelve European nations.
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