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Historical Events In December - 31

Monday, 21 September 2020

1962  Katanga becomes part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on this day in history.  

1964  On December - 31 donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)  

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 December - 31.  

1967  On this day in history arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies  

1968  On this day in history first supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)  

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 December - 31 congress authorizes the Eisenhower dollar coin  

1970  Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles on this day in history.  

1970  Cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91 on this day in history.  

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

1975  Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47 on December - 31.  

1976  TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run on this day in history.  

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

1977  Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado on December - 31.  

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 December - 31.  

1980  A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18 on this day in history.  

1980  On December - 31 arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng, legendary 6-hitter), dies  

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

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

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

1983  On December - 31 brunei gains complete independence from Britain  

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

1984  On December - 31 nYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH  

1984  On this day in history rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira  

1985  King Hussein of Jordan and President Assid hold talks on this day in history.  

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

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

1378  On this day in history 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  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 December - 31.  

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

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

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

1297  On December - 31 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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