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Historical Events In December - 31

Friday, 14 May 2021

1962  On this day in history katanga becomes part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo  

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  On December - 31 pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting  

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 this day in history.  

1968  On December - 31 first supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)  

1968  Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85 on December - 31.  

1969  On December - 31 salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69  

1970  Congress authorizes the Eisenhower dollar coin on December - 31.  

1970  On December - 31 paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles  

1970  On this day in history cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91  

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

1972  On this day in history roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38  

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

1975  On December - 31 donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47  

1976  On this day in history tV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run  

1977  Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa on December - 31.  

1977  On this day in history ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado  

1977  On December - 31 nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62  

1978  Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with the US on December - 31.  

1979  Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts on this day in history.  

1980  On this day in history a Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18  

1980  Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng, legendary 6-hitter), dies on this day in history.  

1981  Lt Rawlings stages coup in Ghana on this day in history.  

1981  On December - 31 frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60  

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

1983  On December - 31 brunei gains complete independence from Britain  

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  Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira on December - 31.  

1985  King Hussein of Jordan and President Assid hold talks on December - 31.  

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 this day in history birth of pope Callixtus III (d. 1458)  

1491  Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557) was born on December - 31.  

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

1540  On this day in history birth of silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri)  

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

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 December - 31 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 December - 31.  

0439  On December - 31 melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56  

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 December - 31.  

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