What Happened on December 31

Historical Events

  • 406 80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning an invasion of Gallia.
  • 1775 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold
  • 1861 22,990mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in India in 1861, a world record
  • 1904 The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.
  • 2004 The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).
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Did You Know?

English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble)

On December 31, 1744

Famous Weddings

  • 1910 Editor Maxwell Perkins (26) weds Louise Saunders at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1940 Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona
  • 1950 Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton
  • 1955 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)
  • 1973 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker
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