December 30, 2019 | SuzyQ
January 1, 1660. Samuel Pepys began writing his famous diary in which he chronicled life in London - including the Great Plague during 1664 and 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666.
January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union.
January 1, 1892. Ellis Island was opened in New York Harbor. Over 20 million immigrants were processed there until it closed in 1954.