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Sunday, January 2, 2022

News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 2, 2022



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OUTLOOK

A strong cold front will cross the region this morning and then briefly stall just to our east later today. A vigorous upper low is expected to develop low pressure along the old front this evening. As this happens, precipitation will redevelop across the region tonight, with cold air moving into the mountains around midnight. Thus, precipitation will change to snow over the mountains late tonight, with a significant accumulation possible near the Tennessee border, before the snow ends Monday morning. Fair weather will return for the first half of the week with temperatures much more like typical winter. The next weather system will arrive on Thursday.




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin Area Forecast

Today

Showers likely before 10am, then a chance of rain between 10am and 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain before 3am, then rain and snow likely between 3am and 4am, then snow likely after 4am. lows in the upper 20s. Light winds out of the northwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph before midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s.



Highlands Area Forecast

Today

Showers before 10am, then rain likely between 10am and 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain before 3am, then rain and snow likely between 3am and 4am, then snow likely after 4am. lows in the mid 20s. Blustery, with a light winds out of the north shifting to come out of the northwest 15 to 25 mph before midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Breezy, with winds out of the north 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 30s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.



Otto Area Forecast

Today

Showers before 10am, then a chance of rain between 10am and 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain before 4am, then snow likely. Lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. WInds out of the north wind around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.



Nantahala Area Forecast

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain before 3am, then snow likely. Lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Hazardous Weather Outlook

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST MONDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST MONDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...



The precipitation that lingers into Sunday evening will change to snow across the mountains by late evening. A light accumulation of snow will be possible, mainly at high elevations along the Tennessee border. The threat for snow should end around daybreak Monday.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
423 AM EST Sun Jan 2 2022

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST MONDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST MONDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches above 3500 feet, and up to 9 inches possible above 5000 feet. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Swain, Graham and Northern Jackson Counties.

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to noon EST Monday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Rain is expected to change over to snow at high elevations late this evening, and then down to the valleys after midnight. A few pockets of brief freezing rain are possible during the transition, but all the precipitation should change to snow in the pre-dawn hours. Although the ground is relatively warm because of the recent warm temperatures, the snow is expected to fall hard enough to accumulate even on roads. The snow should taper off from the west around daybreak Monday, but slippery roads may persist through the remainder of the morning hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water, and a warm blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
423 AM EST Sun Jan 2 2022

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST MONDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST MONDAY BELOW 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches above 3500 feet, and up to 9 inches possible above 5000 feet. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Swain, Graham and Northern Jackson Counties. (This includes the Nantahala Community)

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to noon EST Monday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Rain is expected to change over to snow at high elevations late this evening, and then down to the valleys after midnight. A few pockets of brief freezing rain are possible during the transition, but all the precipitation should change to snow in the pre-dawn hours. Although the ground is relatively warm because of the recent warm temperatures, the snow is expected to fall hard enough to accumulate even on roads. The snow should taper off from the west around daybreak Monday, but slippery roads may persist through the remainder of the morning hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water, and a warm blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.





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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected for today.



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Almanac




Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the extreme upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map


Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (0.3 out of 12) today with Juniper being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.3 out of 12).




Record Weather Events for January 2nd

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1952
lowest Temperature -10°F in Highlands in 1928
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 3.46 inches in Highlands in 1936
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.8 inches in Highlands in 1953

Record weather events for December in Macon County

Highest Temperature 78°F in Franklin on Dec 31, 1951
Lowest Temperature -12°F in Highlands on Dec 30, 1917
Greatest Rainfall 6.00 inches in Highlands on Dec 14, 1901
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 12.0 inches in Franklin on Dec 21, 1876

All-time record weather events for Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on Jul 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Jan 21, 1985
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on Jul 29, 1879
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 25.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Mar 13, 1993




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 15, 2021]

• 8th Annual Ruby Drop in Franklin, NC [Facebook]

• Lower taxes, police mental health focus begin in North Carolina in 2022 [WLOS-TV Asheville]

• Here are North Carolina’s new laws effective Jan. 1 (igmore the video and read the article) [Fox 8 Greensboro]

• $30.5M in unclaimed Buncombe property funds: Here's how to see if you have some to claim [Asheville Citizen-Times]


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National and World News Roundup

Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2022 (New Year Concert) - Barenboim



• For Main Street and Wall Street, 2021 was a tale of two years [Courthouse News Service]

• After Catastrophic Fire, Colorado Fights a New Hazard: 10 Inches of Snow [New York Times]

• Iran space launch fails to put payloads into orbit, official says [Yahoo! News]

• What made Betty White the most beloved TV star of her (or maybe any) generation [Yahpp! News]

• South Africa: Parliament building in Cape Town catches fire [Al Jazeera]

• Republicans and Democrats divided over Jan. 6 insurrection and Trump’s culpability, Post-UMD poll finds [Washington Post]

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - January 1st, 2021



PBS NewsHour Full Episode January 1st, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [November 18, 2021]



• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 4:14pm CET, 29 December 2021, there have been 281,808,270 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,411,759 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 28 December 2021, a total of 8,687,201,202 vaccine doses have been administered.
In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 4:14pm CET, 29 December 2021, there have been 52,543,602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 812,577 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 23 December 2021, a total of 485,274,895 vaccine doses have been administered.

• Israel reports first case of ‘flurona’ – rare double infection of Covid and influenza [UK Independement]

• Contracting COVID-19: a longitudinal investigation of the impact of beliefs and knowledge [Nature: Scientific Reports]

• The Covid-19 case surge is altering daily life across the US. Things will likely get worse, experts warn [CNN]

• Melbourne man sets himself on fire over jab mandates [Sky News]

• US children hospitalized with COVID in record numbers [AP News]

• Monitoring COVID-19 Variants

[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

[Outbreak.info]

• CDC Releases Emergency Guidance for Healthcare Facilities to Prepare for Potential Omicron Surge [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

• COVID-19 case rates by county in 2021 [AXIOS]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

A Year of Historic Storms - 2021 Radar Time Lapse [FULL-YEAR]



• CES 2022 will close a day early because of COVID concerns - The show now ends on January 7th [The Verge]

• Japan to help build Bill Gates' high-tech nuclear reactor in Wyoming -Yomiuri [Reuters]

How James Webb's Deployments MUST Work



• In Defense of Memorization [City Journal]

• 2021 News Rewound; Live Stream come and hangout [Level1 Techs on Youtube]


Tech Podcasts SpaceX Starship Booster Removed, Starship Static Fire, JWST Update, Angara A5 & OneWeb Launch



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Challenges & Predictions for the Next 100 Years



The Biggest Science Stories Of 2021 | Answers With Joe



JWST Launches, Angara Fails, Octograbber Gets Into A Fight - Deep Space Update December 29th



• Million-Dollar Predictions [Linux Unplugged #438]

• Xcode X [Accidental Tech Podcast #462]

• Best and Worst of 2021 [Rocket #365]





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On This Day

December 31 is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 364 days remaining until the end of the year (365 in leap years). This day is known as New Year's Day since the day marks the beginning of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)




153 BC – For the first time, Roman consuls begin their year in office on January 1.

45 BC – The Julian calendar takes effect as the civil calendar of the Roman Empire, establishing January 1 as the new date of the new year.

42 BC – The Roman Senate posthumously deifies Julius Caesar.

193 – The Senate chooses Pertinax against his will to succeed Commodus as Roman emperor.

404 – Saint Telemachus tries to stop a gladiatorial fight in a Roman amphitheatre, and is stoned to death by the crowd. This act impresses the Christian Emperor Honorius, who issues a historic ban on gladiatorial fights.

417 – Emperor Honorius forces Galla Placidia into marriage to Constantius, his famous general (magister militum) (probable).

1001 – Grand Prince Stephen I of Hungary is named the first King of Hungary by Pope Sylvester II (probable).

1068 – Romanos IV Diogenes marries Eudokia Makrembolitissa and is crowned Byzantine Emperor.

1259 – Michael VIII Palaiologos is proclaimed co-emperor of the Empire of Nicaea with his ward John IV Laskaris.

1438 – Albert II of Habsburg is crowned King of Hungary.

1500 – Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers the coast of Brazil.

1502 – The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is first explored by the Portuguese.

1515 – Twenty-year-old Francis, Duke of Brittany, succeeds to the French throne following the death of his father-in-law, Louis XII.

1527 – Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I, Archduke of Austria as King of Croatia in the 1527 election in Cetin.

1600 – Scotland recognises January 1 as the start of the year, instead of March 25.

1604 – The Masque of Indian and China Knights is performed by courtiers of James VI and I at Hampton Court.

1651 – Charles II is crowned King of Scotland.

1700 – Russia begins using the Anno Domini era instead of the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire.

1707 – John V is proclaimed King of Portugal and the Algarves in Lisbon.

1739 – Bouvet Island, the world's remotest island, is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.

1772 – The first traveler's cheques, which could be used in 90 European cities, are issued by the London Credit Exchange Company.

1773 – The hymn that became known as "Amazing Grace", then titled "1 Chronicles 17:16–17", is first used to accompany a sermon led by John Newton in the town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, England.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: Norfolk, Virginia is burned by combined Royal Navy and Continental Army action.

1776 – General George Washington hoists the first United States flag, the Grand Union Flag, at Prospect Hill.

1781 – American Revolutionary War: One thousand five hundred soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey in the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny of 1781.

1788 – First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.

1801 – The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is proclaimed.

1801 – Ceres, the largest and first known object in the Asteroid belt, is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.

1804 – French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black-majority republic and second independent country in North America after the United States.

1806 – The French Republican Calendar is abolished.

1808 – The United States bans the importation of slaves.

1810 – Major-General Lachlan Macquarie officially becomes Governor of New South Wales.

1822 – The Greek Constitution of 1822 is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.

1834 – Most of Germany forms the Zollverein customs union, the first such union between sovereign states.

1847 – The world's first "Mercy" Hospital is founded in Pittsburgh, United States, by a group of Sisters of Mercy from Ireland;[36] the name will go on to grace over 30 major hospitals throughout the world.

1860 – The first Polish stamp is issued, replacing the Russian stamps previously in use.

1861 – Liberal forces supporting Benito Juárez enter Mexico City.

1863 – American Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory.

1877 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom is proclaimed Empress of India.

1885 – Twenty-five nations adopt Sandford Fleming's proposal for standard time (and also, time zones).

1890 – Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.

1892 – Ellis Island begins processing immigrants into the United States.

1898 – New York, New York annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.

1899 – Spanish rule ends in Cuba.

1900 – Nigeria becomes British protectorate with Frederick Lugard as high commissioner.

1901 – The Southern Nigeria Protectorate is established within the British Empire.

1901 – The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton is appointed the first Prime Minister.

1902 – The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena, California.

1910 – Captain David Beatty is promoted to Rear admiral, and becomes the youngest admiral in the Royal Navy (except for Royal family members) since Horatio Nelson.

1912 – The Republic of China is established.

1914 – The SPT Airboat Line becomes the world's first scheduled airline to use a winged aircraft.

1923 – Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMS.

1927 – New Mexican oil legislation goes into effect, leading to the formal outbreak of the Cristero War.

1928 – Boris Bazhanov defects through Iran. He is the only assistant of Joseph Stalin's secretariat to have defected from the Eastern Bloc.

1929 – The former municipalities of Point Grey, British Columbia and South Vancouver, British Columbia are amalgamated into Vancouver.

1932 – The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

1934 – Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay becomes a United States federal prison.

1934 – A "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" comes into effect in Nazi Germany.

1942 – The Declaration by United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.

1945 – World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches Operation Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed, attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow.

1947 – Cold War: The American and British occupation zones in Allied-occupied Germany, after World War II, merge to form the Bizone, which later (with the French zone) became part of West Germany.

1947 – The Canadian Citizenship Act 1946 comes into effect, converting British subjects into Canadian citizens. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen.

1948 – The British railway network is nationalized to form British Railways.

1949 – United Nations cease-fire takes effect in Kashmir from one minute before midnight. War between India and Pakistan stops accordingly.

1956 – Sudan achieves independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom.

1957 – George Town, Penang, is made a city by a royal charter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

1957 – Lèse majesté in Thailand is strengthened to include "insult" and changed to a crime against national security, after the Thai criminal code of 1956 went into effect.

1958 – The European Economic Community is established.

1959 – Cuban Revolution: Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces.

1960 – Cameroon achieves independence from France and the United Kingdom.

1962 – Western Samoa achieves independence from New Zealand; its name is changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.

1964 – The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is divided into the independent republics of Zambia and Malawi, and the British-controlled Rhodesia.

1965 – The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul, Afghanistan.

1970 – The defined beginning of Unix time, at 00:00:00.

1971 – Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television.

1973 – Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom are admitted into the European Economic Community.

1976 – A bomb explodes on board Middle East Airlines Flight 438 over Qaisumah, Saudi Arabia, killing all 81 people on board.

1978 – Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747, crashes into the Arabian Sea off the coast of Bombay, India, due to instrument failure, spatial disorientation, and pilot error, killing all 213 people on board.

1979 – Normal diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and the United States.

1981 – Greece is admitted into the European Community.

1982 – Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the first Latin American to hold the title of Secretary-General of the United Nations.

1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using TCP/IP, the Internet Protocol, effectively creating the Internet.

1984 – The original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is divested of its 22 Bell System companies as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T.

1984 – Brunei becomes independent of the United Kingdom.

1985 – The first British mobile phone call is made by Michael Harrison to his father Sir Ernest Harrison, chairman of Vodafone.

1987 – The Isleta Pueblo tribe elect Verna Williamson to be their first female governor.

1988 – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes into existence, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.

1989 – The Montreal Protocol comes into force, stopping the use of chemicals contributing to ozone depletion.

1990 – David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor.

1993 – Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: Czechoslovakia is divided into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

1994 – The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

1994 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect.

1995 – The World Trade Organization comes into being.

1995 – The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.

1995 – Austria, Finland and Sweden join the EU.

1998 – Following a currency reform, Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.

1999 – Euro currency is introduced in 11 member nations of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden; Greece adopts the euro two years later).

2004 – In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, is "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.

2007 – Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.

2007 – Adam Air Flight 574 breaks apart in mid-air and crashes near the Makassar Strait, Indonesia, killing all 102 people on board.

2009 – Sixty-six people die in a nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.

2010 – A suicide car bomber detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more.

2011 – A bomb explodes as Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt, leave a new year service, killing 23 people.

2011 – Estonia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the 17th Eurozone country.

2013 – At least 60 people are killed and 200 injured in a stampede after celebrations at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

2015 – The Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

2017 – An attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, during New Year's celebrations, kills at least 39 people and injures more than 60 others.



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Published at 6:45am on SUnday, January 2, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


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