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Historical Events In December - 31

Sunday, 28 February 2021

1962  Katanga becomes part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December - 31.  

1964  Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph) on December - 31.  

1966  Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 and stays there for 7 weeks on this day in history.  

1966  Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting on this day in history.  

1966  Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native Amer actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75 on this day in history.  

1967  Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies on December - 31.  

1968  First supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144) on December - 31.  

1968  Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85 on this day in history.  

1969  Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69 on December - 31.  

1970  On this day in history congress authorizes the Eisenhower dollar coin  

1970  Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles on December - 31.  

1970  On December - 31 cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91  

1971  Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31 on December - 31.  

1972  Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38 on this day in history.  

1974  Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin on December - 31.  

1975  On this day in history donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47  

1976  TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run on December - 31.  

1977  On this day in history donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa  

1977  Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado on this day in history.  

1977  On this day in history nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62  

1978  Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with the US on this day in history.  

1979  On December - 31 winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts  

1980  A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18 on December - 31.  

1980  On this day in history arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng, legendary 6-hitter), dies  

1981  On December - 31 lt Rawlings stages coup in Ghana  

1981  Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60 on December - 31.  

1982  TV soap "The Doctors" ends 19 year run on this day in history.  

1983  Brunei gains complete independence from Britain on this day in history.  

1983  On this day in history bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies  

1984  NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH on this day in history.  

1984  On December - 31 rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira  

1985  On December - 31 king Hussein of Jordan and President Assid hold talks  

1985  On this day in history alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies  

1986  Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97 on this day in history.  

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Famous Birthdays In December - 31

Famous People Born On This Day In History

0695  On December - 31 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  Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica) was born on this day in history.  

1540  Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri) was born on this day in history.  

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

1668  Hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist was born on December - 31.  

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Famous Deaths In December - 31

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0192  On December - 31 death of lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31  

0335  Death of St. Silvester, Pope on December - 31.  

0406  Godagisel, king of the Vandals, dies in battle on December - 31.  

0439  Melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56 on December - 31.  

1164  On this day in history 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  On this day in history death of humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)  

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

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