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Notable Historical Events on December 31st

1911Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

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

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

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

1977Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

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

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

1946Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

December 31st Historical Events
Date Event
406
80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning an invasion of Gallia. 
535
Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year. 
765
Coffin of Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China 
870
Skirmish at Englefield: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army 
1229
James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca. 
1492
100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily 
1502
Cesare Borgia (son of pope Alexander VI) occupies Urbino 
1564
Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion 
1600
British East India Company chartered 
1604
Admiral Steven van der Haghen's fleet reaches Bantam 
1621
Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor/Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Mikulov 
1660
James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France. 
1669
France & Brandenburg sign secret treaty 
1670
France & England sign Boyne-treaty 
1680
Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens 
1687
1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope 
1688
Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham [OS=Dec 21] 
1695
A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax. 
1700
Frisia/Groningen adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 1/12/1701 
1708
Great Alliance captures Bridge 
1711
Duke of Marlborough fired as English army commander 
1744
English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble) 
1745
Bonnie Prince Charlies army meets with de Esk 
1756
Russia joins the Alliance of Versailles 
1758
British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal 
1775
Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold 
1776
Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors 
1779
English fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels 
1781
Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens 
1783
Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states 
1805
End of French Republican calendar; France returns to Gregorianism 
1831
Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City. 
1841
Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons 
1857
Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada 
1859
Dutch colony in Dutch Indies counts 4,800 slaves 
1861
22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record 
1862
-Jan 20th) Battle of Stone's River/Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennesse in American Civil War 
1862
President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union 
1862
Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee 
1862
Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank off Cape Hatteras, NC 
1870
J D Schneiter patents rocket mail in France, (not done) 
1879
Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US) 
1879
Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp 
1879
Gilbert and Sullivan's Opera "Pirates of Penzance," premieres in NYC 
1890
Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot 
1896
25th auto built in US 
1897
Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898) 
1901
In the first election under their new constitution, Cuba elects a Congress and their first president, Tomas Estrada Palma 
1902
Boers & British army sign peace treaty 
1904
The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York. 
1906
French/British/Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia 
1907
For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year 
1907
G Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera 
1910
US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910 
1911
Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize 
1914
Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000 
1914
As the year ends, the world finds itself engulfed in a war that would have seemed like and unimaginable nightmare only six months before 
1917
Dutch Social-democratic trade union NVV counts 159,450 members 
1918
Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager 
1920
Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG 
1921
Last San Francisco firehorses retired 
1923
1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester 
1923
BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID 
1923
H Tierney/J McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in NYC 
1925
14th congress of CPSU decides to accelerate industry 
1927
Ponsford scores 336 against SA, giving him 1146 for month 
1929
Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri 
1930
Pontifical encyclical Casti connubii against mixed marriages 
1930
US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930 
1932
John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC 
1934
Helen Richey becomes 1st woman to pilot an airmail transport 
1935
CPH becomes Dutch Communist Party 
1935
Charles Darrow patents Monopoly 
1938
Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana 
1938
Dutch national debt hits ƒ3,986,629,805.70 
1939
25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton) 
1939
Dutch national debt hits ƒ4,218,553,180.99 
1940
37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton) 
1941
Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young 
1942
60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton) 
1942
Battle in Barents Sea 
1942
Potatoes rationed in Holland 
1943
NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater 
1944
48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah 
1944
Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab 
1944
World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany. 
1945
Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services 
1945
Ratification of UN Charter completed 
1946
French troops leave Lebanon 
1946
Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II 
1948
Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike 
1949
18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia 
1950
Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year 
1951
1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced 
1952
41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1) 
1953
Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president 
1953
WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins 
1953
Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year 
1953
42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2) 
1955
"Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances 
1955
The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year. 
1957
AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy 
1958
47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2) 
1958
Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country 
1958
International Geophyscial Year ends 
1958
Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X 
1961
"lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances 
1961
Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name 
1961
Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon 
1961
Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game 
1961
Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion 
1962
"Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn 
1962
American Basketball League announces suspension of operation 
1962
Dutch leave New Guinea 
1962
Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo 
1962
Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cin for 10 yrs 
1963
Chicago Bears win NFL championship 
1963
Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years) 
1963
Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time 
1964
Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph) 
1964
Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN 
1966
Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks 
1966
Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting 
1966
Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92 
1966
Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks 
1967
"Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 perfs 
1967
1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118 
1967
Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game 
1967
"The Ice Bowl", Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F) 
1968
1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144) 
1968
1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144 
1968
NY Jets win AFL championship 
1969
Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi 
1970
Congress authorizes Eisenhower dollar coin 
1970
Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to disolve the Beatles 
1970
President Allende nationalizes Chilean coal mines 
1970
Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out 
1971
KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1971
Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA 
1971
Edmund Compton, then Northern Ireland Ombudsman, is replaced by John Benn 
1972
39th Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma 14 beats Penn State 0 
1972
Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987 
1972
Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 in AFC championship game 
1972
Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3 in NFC championship game 
1972
Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation 
1973
40th Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24 beats Alabama 23 
1973
61st Australian Mens Tennis: John Newcombe beats O Parun (63 67 75 61) 
1973
Johan Cruyff chosen European soccer Player of year 
1974
41st Sugar Bowl: Nebraska 13 beats Florida 10 
1974
Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin 
1974
Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac 
1974
NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million 
1974
Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer 
1975
42nd Sugar Bowl: Alabama 13 beats Penn State 6 
1976
TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run 
1976
The Cars played their 1st gig 
1977
"Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 perfs 
1977
"Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances 
1977
Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait 
1977
Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam 
1977
Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa 
1977
Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado 
1977
WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM 
1978
"Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances 
1978
"Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances 
1978
CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy 
1978
Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier 
1978
Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US 
1979
Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts 
1980
A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18 
1980
NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks 
1980
Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns 
1981
CNN Headline News debuts 
1981
Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution 
1981
Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000 
1982
CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years 
1982
NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features 
1982
TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run 
1983
Brunei gains complete independence from Britain 
1983
Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium 
1983
Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup 
1984
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash 
1984
NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH 
1984
Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th PM succeeding his mother Indira Gandhi 
1984
Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta 
1984
US leaves UNESCO 
1986
Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97 
1986
Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound 
1986
WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG) 
1988
"The Fog Bowl", a heavy, dense fog rolled over Soldier Field in Chicago during the second quarter of the Bears/Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cutting visibility to about 15-20 yards for the rest of the game (Bears win 20-12) 
1989
"Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances 
1989
"Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 perfs 
1989
Fog Bowl: Heavy fog rolls in on Bears 20-12 victory over Eagles 
1989
Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year 
1990
Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds 
1990
Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting 
1990
United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace 
1991
CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existance 
1991
Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner 
1991
Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83 
1991
J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner 
1992
Target date for Europe's single market 
1993
Barbra Striesand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years 
1994
1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland 
1994
Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands (AABN) disbands 
1994
This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively. 
1995
"Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC 
1995
"Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances 
1995
"Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances 
1995
"Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances 
1995
"Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 perfs 
1995
"Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances 
1995
62nd Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech beats Texas 
1995
Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip 
1995
Matthew Elliott scores separate cricket century same day for Victoria 
1997
Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268 
1997
Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills 
1997
Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service 
1997
More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809 
1997
Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba 
1997
S Afr & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head 
1998
US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year 
1998
Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed. 
1999
Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama 
1999
Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President. 
2004
The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet). 
2007
Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines. 
2007
The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends. 
2015
Fire at downtown Dubai's highrise Address hotel 
2016
Baghdad Blasts Kill at Least 28 
2016
Sports|Ronda Rousey's UFC Return Ends in 48 Seconds of Punches by Amanda Nunes 
2016
Russian hackers penetrated Vermont electric utility: Washington Post 
2016
US plane carrying six people goes missing 
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