Return to Daily IQ 1908New York City drops the ballThe ball signifying the New Year was dropped for the first time at Times Square in New York City. 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. 1914 The world's first airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, starts operation in St. Petersburg, Florida. 1959 Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries took over Cuba and toppled Fulgencio Batista's regime. 1975 John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman were convicted of obstruction of justice in the Watergate affair. 1993 Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect. 2002 Euro coins and notes went into circulation in twelve European nations. Yesterday Return to Daily IQ Tomorrow or choose another day: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Today's Birthday or select month and date: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Year by Year: 1900?2014 or enter a year: Enter a year: ?