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Historical Events In December - 31

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

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 this day in history.  

1966  Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 and stays there for 7 weeks on December - 31.  

1966  Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting on December - 31.  

1966  On this day in history chief Nipo Strongheart, Native Amer actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75  

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 this day in history salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69  

1970  Congress authorizes the Eisenhower dollar coin on this day in history.  

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 this day in history.  

1972  On December - 31 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  TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run on this day in history.  

1977  Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa on this day in history.  

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

1977  Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62 on December - 31.  

1978  On December - 31 taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with the US  

1979  Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts on December - 31.  

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

1980  Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng, legendary 6-hitter), dies on December - 31.  

1981  On this day in history lt Rawlings stages coup in Ghana  

1981  On this day in history frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60  

1982  On December - 31 tV soap "The Doctors" ends 19 year run  

1983  On this day in history 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 December - 31.  

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 this day in history.  

1985  On December - 31 alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies  

1986  On this day in history dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97  

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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 this day in history.  

1378  On this day in history birth of callistus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58)  

1378  Pope Callixtus III (d. 1458) was born on this day in history.  

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

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

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

1572  On this day in history birth of emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)  

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

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 this day in history.  

1194  Death of Duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157) on this day in history.  

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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