spotlight Today In History, Jan. 1: Fidel Castro Jan 1, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Tuesday, Jan. 1.Today's Highlight in History: 1959: Fidel Castro On Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic. AP 1863: Emancipation Proclamation In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be "forever free." AP 1892: Ellis Island In 1892, the Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York formally opened. AP 1953: Hank Williams Sr. In 1953, country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, was discovered dead in the back seat of his car during a stop in Oak Hill, West Virginia, while he was being driven to a concert date in Canton, Ohio. AP 1975: Watergate Guilty In 1975, a jury in Washington found Nixon administration officials John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Robert C. Mardian guilty of charges related to the Watergate cover-up (Mardian's conviction for conspiracy was later overturned on appeal). AP 1994: North American Free Trade Agreement In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. AP 2009: Claiborne Pell Ten years ago: Six-term Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell died at age 90. AP 2009: Iraq Green Zone Handover Ten years ago: The U.S. formally transferred control of the Green Zone to Iraqi authorities in a pair of ceremonies that also handed back Saddam Hussein's former palace. AP 2009: Israel Mideast Ten years ago: An Israeli warplane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of one of Hamas' top five decision-makers, instantly killing him and 18 others. AP 2009: Rose Bowl Ten years ago: No. 5 Southern California defeated No. 6 Penn State 38-24 in the 95th Rose Bowl. AP 2009: Russia Ukraine Gas Ten years ago: Russia made good on its threat to cut off all natural gas supplies to Ukraine. AP 2009: Winter Classic Ten years ago: The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in the Winter Classic at chilly Wrigley Field. AP 2014: Colorado Recreational Pot In 2014, the nation's first legal recreational pot shops opened in Colorado at 8 a.m. Mountain time. AP 2014: Fiesta Bowl Five years ago: No. 15 Central Florida pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the bowl season by outlasting No. 6 Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl. AP 2014: Juanita Moore Five years ago: Actress Juanita Moore, 99, died in Los Angeles. AP 2014: Rose Bowl Five years ago: No. 4 Michigan State romped to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl. AP 2018: California Recreational Marijuana One year ago: California launched legal sales of recreational marijuana, with customers linking up early for ribbon cuttings and promotions. AP 2018: Gretchen Carlson One year ago: Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization's board of directors, with three other past pageant winners joining her on the board. AP 2018: Peter Martins One year ago: Peter Martins, the longtime leader of the New York City Ballet, announced his retirement in the midst of an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct. AP 2018: Rose Bowl One year ago: In the first Rose Bowl to go into overtime, Georgia advanced to college football's national championship game with a 54-48 win over Oklahoma. AP 2018: Sugar Bowl One year ago: Alabama advanced by beating top-ranked Clemson, 24-6, in the Sugar Bowl. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended promotion Best of the Best More Latest Local Offers Dakota Nuts-N-Candy Dakota Nuts-N-Candy: Nut-oriously Delicious - the destination for all tastes! For more information, click here! DaWise Perry Funeral Services DaWise Perry Funeral Services has been providing respectful and compassionate services for over 100 years. Call 701-663-3239 today to schedule an appointment. Schumacher Diamond Cutters and Jewelers Schumacher Diamond Cutters and Jewelers wants to be your go-to jeweler!