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Important Events From This day in History – 31st December

by Harry Choms
Today in History
Let’s look at major events that happened today in history;

Today in History

  • 2009 Both a Blue Moon and lunar eclipse occured on the same day

    The next such event on New Year’s eve will be in 2028.

2009 Both a Blue Moon and lunar eclipse occured on the same day

  • 1994 Date skipped in Kiribati

    The Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands in Kiribati skip December 31st due to a change in their time zone from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC−10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively.

  • 1983 Coup in Nigeria

    A military coup in Nigeria overthrew the civilian government of Shehu Shagari and installed Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

1983 Coup in Nigeria

  • 1909 Manhattan Bridge opens for traffic

    On this day, the Manhattan Bridge, one of the first suspension bridges, opened to traffic. Leon Moisseiff designed the bridge, which spans the East River in New York City.

  • 1907 The first annual ball drop at Times Square

    Adolph Ochs, the owner of the New York Times, organized the first annual tradition of dropping the ball at 11:59 p.m. to mark the start of the New Year.

1907 The first annual ball drop at Times Square

Births On This Day, December 31

  • 1990 Patrick Chan

    Canadian figure skater

  • 1980 Richie McCaw

    New Zealand rugby union footballer

  • 1977 Psy

    South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, dancer

  • 1941 Alex Ferguson

    Scottish footballer, manager

  • 1869 Henri Matisse

    French painter

Deaths On This Day, December 31

  • 2015 Natalie Cole

    American singer-songwriter, actress

  • 1985 Ricky Nelson

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor

  • 1980 Marshall McLuhan

    Canadian author, theorist

  • 1972 Roberto Clemente

    Puerto Rican baseball player

  • 1889 Ion Creangă

    Romanian author, educator

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