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Events of December 31st:

Often known as "New Year's Eve", December 31st is the 365th day of the year (366th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. It is the last of the year - the following day, January 1st marks the beginning of a new year.

On this page, we have placed information about December 31st, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on December 31st:

1720 Prince Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Maria Stuart "Bonnie Prince Charlie" (Jacobite pretender to the British throne)

1738 Charles Cornwallis (British General)

1869 Henri Matisse (artist)

1880 George C. Marshall (US military leader, statesman)

George C. Marshall


1898 Umm Kulthum (singer)

1937 Anthony Hopkins (actor)

1941 Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson (soccer player and manager)

1943 Ben Kingsley (actor)

1943 John Denver (singer)

1948 Donna Summer (singer)

Donna Summer


1959 Val Kilmer (actor)

1960 Steve Bruce (soccer player and manager)

1962 Heather McCartney (model, activist)



December 31st in History:

1600 British East India Company is chartered.

1904 First New Year's Eve celebration held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square).

1909 Manhattan Bridge opens.

1923 BBC first broadcasted the Big Ben clock chimes.

Big Ben


1955 General Motors is the first US corporation to make a profit of over 1 billion dollars in a year.

1983 Brunei becomes fully independent from UK.

1995 The last strip of Calvin and Hobbes is published.

2004 The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in the world standing 1,676 feet (508 metres).


December 31st is also:

New Year's Eve.

6th Day of Christmas

6th Day of Christmas


Kwanzaa (26 December to 1 January) - Celebration of Kuumba (Creativity)

Kwanzaa


Paul McCartney sues to dissolve the The Beatles legal partnership.


Astrology

People born on December 31st are Capricorn

Capricorn

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