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- 1695 - The window tax was imposed in Britain, which resulted in many windows being bricked up.
- 1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.
- 1947 - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were married.
- 1978 - Taiwanese diplomats struck their colors for the final time from the embassy flagpole in Washington, DC. The event marked the end of diplomatic relations with the U.S.
- 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.