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17608: Lemieux: Highlights in history this day (o1/Jan) (fwd)

From: JD Lemieux <lxhaiti@yahoo.com>

On this day

01 jan 04

Highlights in history on this date:  (Among others)

 1622 - Papacy adopts January 1 as beginning of new year
instead of March 25.

1803 - Denmark bans import of slaves to the Danish West
Indies, becoming the first country to ban slavery

1804 - Haiti declares itself independent from France,
becoming the world's first black republic.

1863 - US President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation
Proclamation declaring slaves free.

1959 - Fidel Castro leads Cuban revolutionaries to victory
as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees to Dominica.

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