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Notable Historical Events for December 31st

1995"Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC

1958Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

1943NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

1977Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

1946Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

1911Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

1945Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services

1999Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

December 31st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 31st

1869Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, impressionist painter (Odalisque), (d. 1954)

1948Donna Summer, Boston, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), (d. 2012)

1880George Marshall, Uniontown Pa, authored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), (d. 1959)

1491Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)

1943John Denver, NM, American country singer (Rocky Mt High), thank God he's a country boy

1937Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)

December 31st Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 31st

1978Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns

1910Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey

1993Actor and host Wayne Brady (21) weds Diana Lasso in Orlando

2003"Torn" singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" singer Daniel Johns (24) at Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas, Australia

1940Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

1973MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

1997"The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress and singer-songwriter Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland

2002Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (54) weds TV host Sharon Osbourne (50) at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

2000Actress Kate Hudson (21) weds Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (34) in Aspen, Colorado

1955Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)

December 31st Weddings
Date Event
Notable Deaths on December 31st

192Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31

1972Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

1980Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69

1994Woody Strode, actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante), dies at 80

December 31st Deaths
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