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Notable Historical Events for December 31st

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

1977Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

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

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

1911Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

1946Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

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

December 31st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 31st

1491Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)

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

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

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

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

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

December 31st Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 31st

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

2004Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

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

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

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

1992MLB Outfielder David Justice (26) weds actress Halle Berry (26) in Atlanta, Georgia

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

1950Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton

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

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

December 31st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 31st

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

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

December 31st Deaths
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