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A Nor'easter strikes Boston on New Year's Day, slowing down the loading of ships in the harbor. The city was caught off-guard because the Weather Bureau was closed for the holidays. (Northeast/US)

Storms batter the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Californian rivers rise causing mud slides in Siskiyou County that wash out railroad tracks. The San Francisco Examiner reports that tides are the highest in memory. Harbor ships are driven onto mudflats, while the schooner Kodiak loses its bow when it collides with another vessel. (Southwest/US)

William J. Witt and Anna Waddilove of Jersey City, NJ are the first recorded married couple of 1900. Ceremony takes place at Liederkrantz Hall at one minute after midnight, January 1, 1900. (Northeast/US)

Great Britain establishes the British Protectorate of Northern Nigeria. Sir F.D. Lugard is named High Commissioner. (Europe)

Owing directly to the US's commercial expansion into foreign markets, San Francisco's population reaches 350,000 including a significant immigrant population. (Southwest/US)

Disturbed by US military involvement in the Philippines, Andrew Carnegie and William Jennings Bryan emerge as vocal opponents of what they see as US imperialism. (Asia)

President Diaz The Mexico City Electric Vehicle Company begins service with a ceremony attended by Mexican president Diaz. (North America)

The US House of Representatives takes up the case of Utah Congressman, Robert Brigham, an avowed polygamist. Brigham, a Mormon, had three wives and fifteen children. He would eventually be expelled from the House by a vote of 268 to 50. Polygamy was officially prohibited by the Mormon Church in 1890. (Southwest/US)

In Chicago, seven US cities agree to form the American Association of Baseball Clubs, which would later become known as the American League. The American League teams hailed from Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. (Northeast, Midwest/US)

In South Africa, the Boer War continues as Frederick Sleigh Roberts replaces Sir Redvers Henry Buller as Commander-in-Chief of British military forces. (Africa)

V.I. Lenin emigrates to Switzerland and begins a five-year exile from Russia. (Europe, Asia)

Republican incumbent William Taylor and Democratic contender William Goebel battle for the governorship of Kentucky. A highly suspect election resulted with both Taylor and Goebel claiming the State House. With the state assembly charged with deciding the winner, Taylor barricaded himself in the State House, protected by an armed militia. Attempting to confront the militia, Goebel was shot. As he hovered near death, the state assembly finally declared him the rightful winner of Kentucky's governorship. Goebel did not live to serve out his term and was succeeded by his lieutenant governor. (Midwest/US)

illustration Dry goods salesman, A.P. Hurst of New York tells the Indianapolis Journal that "the shirtwaist will be with us more than ever this summer. Women are wearing shirtwaists because they can be made to fit any form, and because they are mannish. Sleeves will be smaller, but not tight." (Northeast/US)

German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, proclaims his intention to build up the German navy so that "the German Empire may also be in a position to win the place it has not yet attained."(Europe)

The electric bus makes its debut along New York's Fifth Avenue. Bus fare was 5 cents. (Northeast/US)

In response to large numbers of immigrants flooding into the Alaskan Territory in search of gold, President McKinley assigns Col. George M. Randall, 8th US Infantry to command an army division there. The move was made to prevent lawlessness from taking over the region as the number of gold speculators increases. (Northwest/US)

The disputed election of a tax collector in San Francisco results in a riot and leads to the shooting of one man. Shots were fired as tax collector-elect Scott was taking his oath. John O' Brien, an assistant of Scott's, was wounded by Charles E. Droad, a deputy of candidate Sheehan, the man who lost the election. Sheehan protested Scott's election, saying Scott had not resided in San Francisco for the required 5 years. (Southwest/US)

Sioux Indian Chief Spotted Tail dies in Paris. He was one of the best known of the war chiefs of the Sioux tribe. He played a considerable role in the Native American uprisings of 1876, which led to the massacre of General Custer and his troops. (Europe/Southwest/US)

Residents of El Paso, Texas pay 25 cents admission to witness the execution of a prisoner. The proceeds were delivered to the man's widow. (Southwest/US)

Russia's Minister of Finance announced that Russia's gold reserve was diminished over the last year by more than 24 million rubles. (Europe, Asia)


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