Today is Sunday, December 31, 2017.
1869 Henri Matisse, French Impressionist painter
1869 Henri Matisse
1880 George C Marshall, authored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953)
1937 Anthony Hopkins
1941 Sarah Miles
1943 Ben Kingsley
1943 John Denver
1945 Barbara Carrera
1946 Patti Smith
1948 Donna Summer
1959 Val Kilmer
Make Up Your Mind Day
New Year's Eve
1600 British East India Company chartered
1744 James Bradley announces earth's motion of nutation (wobbling).
1857 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada
1862 Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sinks off Cape Hatteras, NC
1879 Cornerstone laid for Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US).
1879 Edison gives public demonstration of his incandescent lamp.
1890 Ellis Island opens as a US immigration depot
1946 President Truman officially proclaims the end of World War II
1961 Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion
1974 US citizens allowed to buy & own gold for 1st time in 40 years
1999 Control of the Panama Canal reverts to Panama
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