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First Foot Day


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

First Foot Day



When: January 1

The custom of firstfooting, or being the first to cross the threshold of a home in the early hours of New Year's Day, was so popular in England and Scotland during the 19th century that the streets were often more crowded between midnight and one o'clock in the morning than they would normally be at midday. If the "First Foot," traditionally a man, was to bring the family luck, he had to arrive with his arms full of cakes, bread, and cheese for everyone to share. He should be dark-haired, not fair, and must not have flat feet.



Today the custom may still be observed in Britain and in scattered areas of the United States.



For 2014, I pray that God blesses you with....
12 Months of Happiness,
52 Weeks of Fun,
365 Days of Health
and a lifetime of Love!

This Day in History January 1st

The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time. (45 BC)

An infuriated Roman mob tears Telemachus, a Christian monk, to pieces for trying to stop a gladiators' fight in the public arena held in Rome. (404)

The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is first explored by the Portuguese. (1502)

Bouvet Island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier. (1739)

The first traveler's cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London, England, Great Britain. (1772)

The hymn that became known as "Amazing Grace", then titled "1 Chronicles 17:16–17" is first used to accompany a sermon led by John Newton in the town of Olney, England. (1773)

American Revolutionary War: Norfolk, Virginia is burned by combined Royal Navy and Continental Army action. (1776)

American Revolutionary War: 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey in the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny of 1781. (1781)

First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published. (1786)

The Dutch East India Company is dissolved. (1800)

The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. (1801)

French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country in North America after the United States (1804)

The importation of slaves into the United States is banned. (1808)

The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn, New York, New York is completed. (1845)

The world's first "Mercy" Hospital is founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Sisters of Mercy, the name will go on to grace over 30 major hospitals throughout the world. (1847)

American Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory. (1863)

The first claim under the Homestead Act is made by Daniel Freeman for a farm in Nebraska. (1863)

Adolf Loos, architect, co-founder of modern architecture, baptized in St. Thomas church, Brno, Moravia. (1870)

Ferdinand de Lesseps begins French construction of the Panama Canal. (1880)

Twenty-five nations adopt Sandford Fleming's proposal for standard time (and also, time zones). (1885)

The Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, is first held. (1890)

Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States. (1892)

New York, New York annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs. (1898)

The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton is appointed the first Prime Minister. (1901)

The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California. (1902)

For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York, New York's Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight. (1908)

Captain David Beatty is promoted to Rear admiral, and becomes the youngest admiral in the Royal Navy (except for Royal family members), since Horatio Nelson. (1910)

Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian). (1927)

The former municipalities of Point Grey, British Columbia and South Vancouver, British Columbia are amalgamated into Vancouver. (1929)

The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth. (1932)

Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison. (1934)

Nazi Germany passes the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring". (1934)

Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in the United Kingdom. (1937)

The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations. (1942)

World War II: In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops massacre 30 SS prisoners at Chenogne. (1945)

World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches Operation Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow. (1945)

The American and British occupation zones in Germany, after World War II, merge to form the Bizone, that later became West Germany. (1947)

The Canadian Citizenship Act 1946 comes into effect, converting British subjects into Canadian citizens. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen. (1947)

NBC makes the first coast-to-coast NTSC color broadcast when it telecast the Tournament of Roses Parade, with public demonstrations given across the United States on prototype color receivers. (1954)

Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution. (1959)

United States Navy SEALs established. (1962)

Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television. (1971)

Formal diplomatic relations are established between China and the United States. (1979)

The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet. (1983)

The original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is divested of its 22 Bell System companies as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T. (1984)

The Internet's Domain Name System is created. (1985)

The Montreal Protocol Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer comes into force. (1989)

David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor. (1990)

The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect. (1994)

The World Trade Organization goes into effect. (1995)

Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization. (1997)

The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries - members of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden). (1999)

Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states. (2002)

Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei. (2002)

The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force. (2002)

A suicide car bomber detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more. (2010)

A bomb explodes as Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt, leave a new year service, killing 23 people. (2011)

At least 60 people are killed and 200 injured in a stampede after celebrations at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (2013)
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