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Today In History - December 31

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Today in History in 1907, the first time the ball dropped in Times Square to signal the new year; in 1911 Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize; and in 1946 U.S. President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of WW II.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1695 - A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
  • 1775 - Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold
  • 1862 - President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union
  • 1890 - Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot
  • 1907 - For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year
  • 1907 - G Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera
  • 1910 - US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910
  • 1911 - Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize
  • 1923 - BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID
  • 1946 - Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II
  • 1958 - Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X
  • 1963 - Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
  • 1977 - Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado
  • 1990 - Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1491 - Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)
  • 1738 - Charles Lord Cornwallis, soldier/statesman "fire when ready Gridley"
  • 1815 - George Gordon Meade, Major General (Union Army), died in 1872
  • 1869 - Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, impressionist painter (Odalisque), (d. 1954)
  • 1880 - George Marshall, Uniontown Pa, authored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), (d. 1959)
  • 1920 - Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1937 - Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)
  • 1943 - Ben Kingsley, Scarborough England, actor (Gandhi, Betrayal, Maurice)
  • 1943 - John Denver, NM, American country singer (Rocky Mountain High), thank God he's a country boy
  • 1947 - Tim Matheson, California, actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)
  • 1948 - Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1959 - Bebe Neuwirth, Princeton NJ, actress (Lilith-Cheers, Damn Yankees)

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
  • 1978 - Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns
  • 1989 - Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi
  • 1992 - WCBS TV news anchor Carol Martin weds Joe Terry
  • 1992 - MLB Outfielder David Justice (26) weds actress Halle Berry (26) in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1993 - Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)
  • 1993 - Actor and host Wayne Brady (21) weds Diana Lasso in Orlando
  • 1997 - "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (43) weds actress and singer-songwriter Jada Pinkett (40) in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1997 - Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren (52) weds The Devil's Advocate director Taylor Hackford (53) at the Ardersier Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands
  • 2000 - Actress Kate Hudson (21) weds Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (34) in Aspen, Colorado
  • 2001 - Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2002 - Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia
  • 2002 - Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (54) weds TV host Sharon Osbourne (50) at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • 2003 - "Torn" singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" singer Daniel Johns (24) at Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas, Australia
  • 2004 - Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
  • 2004 - English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
  • 2005 - "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 2005 - Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada
  • 2006 - L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2006 - Actor Robert Lindsay (57) weds actress and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford (44) at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club
  • 2008 - Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
  • 2010 - NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago
  • 2011 - "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California
  • 2012 - "Playboy Enterprises" Chief Creative Officer Hugh Hefner (86) weds glamour model Crystal Harris (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles
  • 2013 - "Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco (28) weds professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting (26) at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California
  • 2013 - Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • 192 - Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31
  • 1384 - John Wycliffe, English religious reformer/bible translator, dies
  • 1972 - Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38
  • 1985 - Rick Nelson, singer/actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), dies at 45
  • 1986 - Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54
  • 2013 - James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68

To see more events, birthdays and deaths listed at Today in History from Click on EXTRAS at the top of the Lincoln Herald home page then click Today in History.


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