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January

The Year 2000 : Y2K
Birth of Salmon P. Chase
Birth of Alexander Hamilton
Birth of Albert Gallatin
Prohibition

    The Year 2000 : Y2K

Mexican broadside from 1890-1900 depicting fear of the end of world from natural disasters

As the world approached the year 2000, there were concerns over how our computers, computer programs/software, integrated systems, etc. would react to the date change from December 31, 1999, to January 1, 2000. As the millennium approached, many wondered if the world's businesses and financial systems would crash. Would airplanes still be able to fly or could there be nuclear accidents? Would these systems be fixed in time to avoid catastrophe?

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Left:
Mexican broadside from an earlier era
(ca.1890-1900) depicting fears of the end of the world from natural disaster.
Artist: Josť Guadalupe Posada;
Published by: Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. From the Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-04579


    The Birth of Salmon P. Chase, Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury

Portrait of Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury. circa 1860-1865

Above:
Portrait of Salmon P. Chase,
Secretary of the Treasury
Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
[circa 1860 and 1865].

From the Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints Collection
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-B8172-1747

Salmon P. Chase, who in the course of his long public career served not only as Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury, but also as a Senator from Ohio, Governor of Ohio, and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was born January 13, 1808.

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    The Birth of Alexander Hamilton, First Secretary of the Treasury

Read our blog post written in honor of Alexander Hamilton, the United States' first Secretary of the Treasury, who was born in January 1755 (or was it 1757?).

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Right:
Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury
Photograph of painting by John Trumbull, (1756-1843)
in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

From the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-DIG-det-4a26166

Portrait of Alexander Hamilton. Publshed between 1900 - 1912


    Albert Gallatin, the 4th Secretary of the Treasury

Albert Gallatin was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in January 1802 and remains the longest serving Secretary. Read our blog post about his life and accomplishments.

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Right:
[Albert Gallatin, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, with walking stick]
[between 1844 and 1860]

Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-110017

[Albert Gallatin, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, with walking stick]


    Prohibition

[Albert Gallatin, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, with walking stick]

Prohibition began with the ratification of the 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919. This blog post discusses Prohibitionís history and ultimately its repeal in 1933.

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Left:
Bootlegger's wreck, 1/21/22
[19]22 January 21.

National Photo Company Collection
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-DIG-npcc-06061
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