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Historical Events In December - 31

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

1962  On December - 31 katanga becomes part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo  

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 December - 31.  

1966  On this day in history 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  On December - 31 arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies  

1968  First supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144) on this day in history.  

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  Congress authorizes the Eisenhower dollar coin on December - 31.  

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  On this day in history peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31  

1972  On December - 31 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  On this day in history 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 December - 31.  

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

1977  Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62 on this day in history.  

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  On December - 31 a Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18  

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

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

1984  NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH on December - 31.  

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

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 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 this day in history.  

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

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

1514  Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica) was born on December - 31.  

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 December - 31.  

1668  Hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist was born on this day in history.  

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

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

1302  On December - 31 death of frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)  

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