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Today in History

December 31

Historical events and fun news items:

1879   Thomas Edison first demonstrates incandescent light

1891   A new immigration depot is opened on Ellis Island, New York.

1904   The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square

1946   President Harry Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.

1991   The Soviet Union is officially dissolved.

1995   The last strip of the popular comic Calvin and Hobbes is published.

Famous Birthdays:

1869   Henri Matisse (French painter)

1880   George C. Marshall (WWII General and author of Marshall Plan)

1939   Anthony Hopkins (Actor)

1943   Ben Kingsley (Actor)

1943   John Denver (Singer)

1947   Tim Matheson (Actor - The West Wing)

1959   Val Kilmer (Actor)

Today in History Archive:

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