On This Day in History for December 31 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 159 of 159

  • 1971 Edmund Compton, then Northern Ireland Ombudsman, is replaced by John Benn
  • 1972 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
  • 1972 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation
  • 1974 Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • 1974 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
  • 1974 Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer
  • 1976 TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run
  • 1976 The Cars played their 1st gig
  • 1977 Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait
  • 1977 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • 1977 Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1977 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 1977 Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government
  • 1978 CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
  • 1978 Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
  • 1978 Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
  • 1978 The Runaways' band's last ever concert at Daly, CA.'s Cow Palace
  • 1980 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • 1980 Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns
  • 1981 Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • 1981 Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000
  • 1982 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run
  • 1983 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • 1983 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • 1983 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup
  • 1983 Benjamin Ward appointed 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch

BattleCoup d'état

1983 President Shagari of Nigeria is overthrown in a military coup and Major General Muhammadu Buhari is installed as Head of State

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • 1984 NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH
  • 1984 Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 7th Prime Minister succeeding his mother Indira Gandhi
  • 1984 US leaves UNESCO
  • 1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • 1986 Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • 1986 WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)

CommunicationThe 1988 Fog Bowl

1988 "The Fog Bowl", a heavy, dense fog rolls over Soldier Field in Chicago during second quarter of the Bears vs Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cuts visibility to 15-20 yards (Bears win 20-12)

  • 1990 Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds
  • 1990 Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
  • 1990 United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace
  • 1991 CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existence
  • 1991 Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83
  • 1994 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1994 Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands (AABN) disbands
  • 1994 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.
  • 1995 Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip
  • 1997 Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268
  • 1997 Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail
  • 1997 More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809
  • 1997 Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba
  • 1997 South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head
  • 1998 Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed.
  • 1999 Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting President

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 2004 Official opening of Taipei 101, then the tallest skyscraper in the world, at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet)
  • 2007 Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
  • 2007 The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.
  • 2014 36 die and 47 are wounded during a stampede of New Year revellers on Shanghai's Bund riverfront

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2014 Beji Caid Essebsi is sworn in as Tunisia's 1st ever freely elected President

President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi
President of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi
  • 2015 US law enforcement kills 1,134 in 2015, young black men 9x more likely to be victims

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Chris Ofili is appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to art

Painter Chris Ofili
Painter
Chris Ofili

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