12/31/2018 12:01:00 AM Today In History - December 31
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
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:
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
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)
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