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History  Of January 01

• 1999 The Euro becomes the official currency in 11 countries
While the Euro was already valid for bank transfers, notes and coins were introduced on January 1, 2002.
• 1993 Czechoslovakia is dissolved
The country was peacefully divided into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
• 1992 Russia is formed
The formation of the Russian Federation followed the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
• 1958 The European Economic Community is founded
The EEC was a predecessor of today's European Union (EU)
• 1912 Republic of China is founded
It was succeeded by the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Births On This Day

• 1919 J. D. Salinger - American author
• 1895 J. Edgar Hoover - American 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
• 1864 Alfred Stieglitz - American photographer
• 1863 Pierre de Coubertin - French historian, educator, founded the International Olympic Committee
• 1735 Paul Revere - American military officer

Deaths On This Day

• 1997 Townes Van Zandt - American singer-songwriter, guitarist
• 1958 Edward Weston - American photographer
• 1953 Hank Williams - American singer-songwriter, guitarist
• 1894 Heinrich Hertz - German physicist
• 1782 Johann Christian Bach - German composer

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