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Historical Events In December - 31

Sunday, 16 May 2021

1938  Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter, dies at 70 on December - 31.  

1939  25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton) on this day in history.  

1940  37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton) on December - 31.  

1941  On this day in history admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet.  

1941  On December - 31 young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young  

1941  On this day in history sigwart Aspestrand, composer, dies at 85  

1942  Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9), first of new class of aircraft carriers, at Norfolk, VA on this day in history.  

1942  On December - 31 60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton)  

1943  NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater on December - 31.  

1943  The birth of Ben Kingsley, British actor on December - 31.  

1943  NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater on December - 31.  

1944  48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah on December - 31.  

1945  On December - 31 ratification of UN Charter completed  

1945  On December - 31 bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services  

1945  Donald Douglas II, dies at 40 on December - 31.  

1946  French troops leave Lebanon on this day in history.  

1946  President Truman officially proclaims end of WW-II on this day in history.  

1946  Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud, Dutch actor, dies at 89 on this day in history.  

1947  On this day in history franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79  

1948  Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike on this day in history.  

1948  On December - 31 malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63  

1949  18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia on this day in history.  

1950  On December - 31 jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year  

1950  On December - 31 charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83  

1951  First battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced on December - 31.  

1951  On December - 31 maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat, dies at 75  

1953  Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president on this day in history.  

1953  Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64 on December - 31.  

1954  On this day in history peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75  

1958  On December - 31 international Geophyscial Year ends  

1958  Gustav Hermann Unger, composer, dies at 72 on this day in history.  

1960  Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69 on December - 31.  

1961  On this day in history first performance of the Beach Boys  

1961  Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion on this day in history.  

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Famous Birthdays In December - 31

Famous People Born On This Day In History

0695  Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715) was born on December - 31.  

1378  Callistus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58) was born on this day in history.  

1378  On December - 31 birth of pope Callixtus III (d. 1458)  

1491  Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557) was born on this day in history.  

1514  Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica) was born on this day in history.  

1540  Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri) was born on December - 31.  

1572  Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617) was born on this day in history.  

1668  On December - 31 birth of hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist  

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Famous Deaths In December - 31

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0192  On this day in history death of lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31  

0335  On December - 31 death of st. Silvester, Pope  

0406  On this day in history godagisel, king of the Vandals, dies in battle  

0439  Melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56 on this day in history.  

1164  Death of Margrave Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124) on December - 31.  

1194  Death of Duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157) on December - 31.  

1297  On this day in history death of humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)  

1302  On this day in history death of frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)  

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