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Historical Events In December - 31

Monday, 28 September 2020

1938  On this day in history richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter, dies at 70  

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 this day in history.  

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

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

1941  On December - 31 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 this day in history.  

1943  The birth of Ben Kingsley, British actor on this day in history.  

1943  NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater on this day in history.  

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

1945  Ratification of UN Charter completed on this day in history.  

1945  Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services on December - 31.  

1945  Donald Douglas II, dies at 40 on this day in history.  

1946  On December - 31 french troops leave Lebanon  

1946  On December - 31 president Truman officially proclaims end of WW-II  

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

1947  Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79 on this day in history.  

1948  On this day in history dutch police actions up Java gone on strike  

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

1949  On this day in history 18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia  

1950  Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year on this day in history.  

1950  On this day in history charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83  

1951  First battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced on this day in history.  

1951  Maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat, dies at 75 on December - 31.  

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

1953  On December - 31 albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64  

1954  On December - 31 peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75  

1958  On this day in history international Geophyscial Year ends  

1958  On December - 31 gustav Hermann Unger, composer, dies at 72  

1960  On this day in history germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69  

1961  On December - 31 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  On this day in history birth of muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715)  

1378  Callistus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58) was born on December - 31.  

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

1491  On December - 31 birth of jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)  

1514  On December - 31 birth of andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica)  

1540  On December - 31 birth of silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri)  

1572  On December - 31 birth of emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)  

1668  On this day in history 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  Death of St. Silvester, Pope on this day in history.  

0406  Godagisel, king of the Vandals, dies in battle on this day in history.  

0439  On this day in history melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56  

1164  On December - 31 death of margrave Ottokar III of Styria (b. 1124)  

1194  On December - 31 death of duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157)  

1297  Death of Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249) on December - 31.  

1302  Death of Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238) on this day in history.  

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