31 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Jacques Cartier, 1491
  • Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) , 1720
  • Lord Cornwallis, 1738
  • Henri Matisse, 1869
  • Elizabeth Arden, 1884
  • Pola Negri, 1894
  • Nathan Milstein, 1904
  • Jule Styne, 1905
  • Simon Wiesenthal, 1908
  • Amarillo Slim, 1928
  • Odetta, 1930
  • Jaime Escalante, 1930
  • Anthony Hopkins, 1937
  • John Denver, 1943
  • Ben Kingsley, 1943
  • Sarah Miles, 1943
  • Diane Von Furstenberg, 1947
  • Donna Summer, 1948
  • Tim Matheson, 1948
  • Gong Li, 1965

Died On This Day:

  • Roman Emperor Commodus murdered, AD 192
  • Raoul Walsh, AD 198
  • Catherine of Braganza, 1705
  • Gustave Courbet, 1877
  • Marshall McLuhan, 1980
  • Sam Spiegel, 1985
  • Rick Nelson killed, 1985
  • Woody Strode, 1994
  • José Greco, 2000
  • Alan Cranston, 2000
  • Edward Herrmann, 2014
  • Natalie Cole, 2015
  • Wayne Rogers, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1492 - 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily.
  • 1599 - Queen of England grants Royal Charter to group of 215 Knights, Aldermen and Burgesses to trade with the East Indies - The British East India Company goes into business.
  • 1775 - Benedict Arnold's attack on Quebec fails.
  • 1781 - Bank of North America established by Congress to supply government with money.
  • 1907 - Ball drops in Times Square for the first time signaling new year.
  • 1923 - First transatlantic broadcast of a human voice from KDKA Pittsburgh.
  • 1923 - Chimes of Big Ben first broadcast on radio.
  • 1935 - The game Monopoly patented by inventor Charles Darrow.
  • 1951 - Marshall Plan ends; replaced by Mutual Security agency.
  • 1974 - The computer that started it all, the Altair 8800, displayed by Popular Electronics Magazine.
  • 1991 - Twelve year civil war in El Salvador ends; five leftist armies reach agreement; 75,000 total dead.
  • 1998 - Exchange rates locked for debut of the euro in 11 European countries; Britain not in first wave.
  • 2006 - American television networks must vacate existing frequencies and go digital.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Columba of Sens
  • Melania the Younger
  • Silvester I

Holiday:

  • NEW YEARS'S EVE, Hogmanay in Scotland
  • Okera Mairi, Omisoka and Namahage festivals in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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