Saturday, December 31, 2016
History for December 31 - On-This-Day.com:
Henri Matisse 1869, George Marshall 1880, Simon Wiesenthal 1908
Anthony Hopkins 1937, John Denver 1943, Donna Summer 1948
1695 - The window tax was imposed in Britain, which resulted in many windows being bricked up.
1857 - Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1879 - Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.
1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.
1967 - The Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The game is known as the Ice Bowl since it was played in a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero. (NFL)
1990 - Titleholder Gary Kasparov of the U.S.S.R. won the world chess championship match against his countryman Anatoly Karpov.
1997 - Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.
1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was designated acting president.