Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! & Some New Year's Trivia

by Cindy K. Stewart

From All the Authors at Heroes, Heroines, & History

To All Our Readers

H A P P Y   N E W  Y E A R !

May God's Richest Blessings Pour Out Upon You
In Ways You Never Imagined

In This New Year

In This New Decade!


Today I’m sharing New Year’s trivia.

Americans enjoy ringing in the new year in many ways. Here are some of them:
  • Singing “Auld Lang Syne” (translated “for old times’ sake”) – this tradition originated in Scotland, based on the ancient poem Robert Burns set to paper and submitted to the Scots musical museum. According to, the song is “about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.” This tradition has spread all over the world.
Times Square Ball 2010 by Susan Serra -
Creative Commons

  • Dropping the New Year Ball at Times Square in New York City - begun in 1907 with an illuminated iron and wood ball, the current 12-foot diameter ball, weighing nearly 12,000 pounds and covered with Waterford Crystal, starts it’s one-minute descent at 11:59 PM and arrives at its destination promptly at 12:00 AM of the new year. Other public drops include pickles (Dillsburg, PA) and possums (Tallapoosa, GA).

  • Honking horns, blowing whistles, lighting fireworks, and setting off firecrackers at midnight on New Year’s Eve – many of these traditions started in other countries.

    Sparrowman980 at English Wikipedia

    Watching the . . . 

          Rose Parade (est. 1890)

          Rose Bowl (est. 1902),
          Orange Bowl (est. 1935),

          Sugar Bowl (est. 1935)

       College Football Games


Notable Americans born on January 1st:

1735 - Paul Revere, silversmith and U. S. Patriot from Revolutionary War days

1752 - Betsy Ross, seamstress credited with making the 1st American flag

1895 - J. Edgar Hoover, 1st director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations                  (served from 1935-1972)


Historical events which took place around the world on January 1st:

630 - Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly

Charles II - Wikipedia
1651 - Charles II Stuart is crowned king of Scotland (later becomes king of England, Scotland, and Ireland)

1673 - Regular mail delivery begins between New York and Boston 

1800 - Dutch East India Company dissolves

1801 - Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain

1808 - U.S. Congress prohibits the importation of slaves

1863 - Emancipation Proclamation is signed by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in the U.S. confederate states

1892 - Ellis Island in New York Harbor opens where immigrants to the U.S. are processed until 1954

Ellis Island, 1892 - Wikipedia
1902 Radio - Wikipedia

1902 - 1st public demonstration of the radio takes place in Pennsylvania

USSR State Emblem, 1923 -
1923 - Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) is established

1928 - 1st U.S. air-conditioned office building opens (San Antonio, TX)

1958 - European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operations

1962 - U.S. Navy SEALs established

U.S. Navy SEALs Insignia - Wikipedia

1985 - Internet's Domain Name System is created

1992 - Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation, becoming the successor state to the Soviet Union

Euro Banknotes & Coins - Wikipedia

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


What New Year's tradition or event is special to you?


Cindy Stewart, a high school social studies teacher, church pianist, and inspirational historical fiction author, placed second in the 2019 North Texas Romance Writers Great Expectations contest, semi-finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest, and won ACFW’s First Impressions contest in the historical category. Cindy is passionate about revealing God’s handiwork in history. She resides in North Georgia with her college sweetheart and husband of thirty-eight years and near her married daughter, son-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. She’s currently writing a fiction series set in WWII Europe.


  1. Thanks for highlighting all those things that began on this day! Happy New Year to you and all of the other authors and may you all have a successful year, creating and birthing those book babies we all love!

    1. Thank you so much, Connie! Blessings on your new year!