December 31 in History – What happened on 31 December in Past

31 December - Today in History - Important historical events happened on this day in India and World History

According to Gregory calendar, on December 31, the day number in a year is 365 and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. December 31 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

December 31 in History - Top Historical Events

YearEvent / Incidence / Incident
1225Lý Chiêu Hoàng, the only empress regnant in the history of Vietnam, married Tr?n Thái Tông, making him the first emperor of the Tran Dynasty at age seven.
1492100,000 Jews were evacuated from the Sicilian region of Italy.
1514The famous Belgian surgeon Vozelius was born in Brussels.
1600The British East India Company was established.
1711John Churchill as the first king of Marlborough ordered the English army to move out.
1744English astronomer James Bradley announced the discovery of the dramatic movement of the Earth.
1756Russia joins Versailles's alliance.
1758The British Expeditionary Army occupied Gore Dakar) Senegal.
1759Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease at £45 per annum to the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin and began brewing Guinness.
1775American Revolutionary War-At the Battle of Quebec, British forces repulsed an attack by the Continental Army to capture Quebec City And enlist French Canadian support.
1775Battle of Quebec in the American Revolutionary War: Americans tried to take over the British stronghold.
1781America's first bank Bank of North America opened.
1781Bank of North America was the first bank to be opened in America.
1802Maratha Peshwa Bajirao II came under the protection of the British.
1827Matchmaker was invented by the British inventor John Walker.
1831Valedictory transfer to Grammaris Park in New York City).
1857Queen Victoria selected Ottawa, then a small logging town, to be the capital of the British colony of Canada.
1857Queen Victoria made Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1862American Civil War-The Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, began in an engagement where both sides would suffer their highest casualty rate of the war.
1907Times Square in New York City held its first New Year's Eve Celebration with the ball drop.
1911Marie Curie received her second, Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
1916Douglas Haig was promoted to Field Marshal of the British Army.
1925Hindi writer Shrilal Shukla, famous for satire, was born.
194918 countries of the world recognized Indonesia.
1962The Netherlands left New Guinea, an island in the Southwest Pacific Ocean.
1963Despite Prime Minister Roy Welensky efforts, the Central African Federation officially collapsed, splitting into three separatenations-Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
1964Donald Campbell set the world record for the fastest speed in the water by sitting in his jet boat.
1965Jean-Bédel Bokassa, leader of the Central African Republic Army, and his military officers began a coup d'état against the government of President David Dacko.
1972Puerto Rican baseball players Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to deliver aid to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.
1983Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was selected to lead Nigeria After a successful military coup d'etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari.
1983The United Kingdom granted independence to Brunei.
1984Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister for the second time.
1986Three disgruntled employees set fire to the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which killed 98 people and injured 140 others, making it the second deadliest hotel fire in United States history.
198697 people were killed and 140 were injured in a fire at the DuPont Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico, San Juan.
1993Brandon Teena, an American trans man, was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska; his death led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.
1998The European Exchange Rate Mechanism froze the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone and established the value of the euro currency.
1999Panama took control of the Panama Canal Zone from the United States, in accordance with the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties.
1999Panama took control of the Panama Canal Zone from the United States, in accordance with the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties.
1999The then Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned and Viladmir Putin became his successor.
1999Boris Yeltsin resigned as President of Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was appointed as acting president.
2004Taipei 101 in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, opened to the public as the world's tallest sky scraper.
2004175 people died in a fire at a nightclub in Buenos Aires Argentina).
2010In Tunisia, a protester dies of injuries incurred during continued protest over unemployment and living conditions.
2010Italy's plan to ban plastic bags goes into effect; the country was using 20 billion plastic bags a year - about 300 per person.
2011A string of 35 fires in Hollywood burn within a 5-hour time frame, causing at least $350,000 in damage.
2011In North Korea, Kim Jong-un is given the title of Supreme Commander of North Korea's armed forces.
2012A study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, announces a harmful type of space radiation may accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease.
2012Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recovers from a cancer operation; his Cabinet ministers get together to pray for his recovery.
2013Breaking with the long-standing tradition among Russian heads of state, President Vladimir Putin delivered two New Year's speeches rather than one; he made his second stress from Khabarovsk, a city that experienced devastating floods this summer.
2013The famous final New Year's Eve countdown in Times Square will be lead by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; she will have the honor of pushing the ceremonial countdown button to start the descent of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball.
2014A ship carrying 900 Syrians is intercepted and safely brought to shore by the Italian coast guard; the ship had been manned by human traffickers who abandoned the vessel after setting the navigation system on a collision course with the Italian coast.
2014Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced his resignation; the 89-year-old president indicated after reelection in 2013 that he would retire before the end of the 7-year term.
2014At least 36 people were killed and 49 others were injured in a stampede on New Year's Eve in China's Shanghai city.



Famous Birthdays of December 31:

YearName / Profession / Country
1917Evelyn Knight / Singer / United States of America
1938Rosalind Cash / Actress / United States of America
1937Tess Jaray / Painter / United Kingdom
1938Atje Keulen-Deelstra / Skater / Netherlands
1977Wardy Alfaro / Footballer / Costa Rica
1939Willye White / Sprinter / United States of America
1981Matthew Pavlich / Footballer / Australia
1958Geoff Marsh / Cricketer / Australia
1950Inge Helten / Sprinter / Germany
1963Scott Ian / Writer / United States of America
1923Giannis Dalianidis / Director / Greece
1940Mani Neumeier / Drummer / Germany
1919Tommy Byrne / Baseball Player / United States of America
1991Bojana Jovanovski / Tennis Player / Serbia
1928Tatyana Shmyga / Actress / Russia
1973Malcolm Middleton / Singer / Scotland
1968Gerry Dee / Actor / Canada
1964Michael McDonald / Actor / United States of America
1970Carlos Morales Quintana / Architect / Spain
1912John Frost / General / India
1946Diane von Fürstenberg / Fashion Designer / United States of America
1956Helma Knorscheidt / Shot Putter / Germany
1977Donald Trump / Business Man / United States of America
1952Elizabeth Norment / Actress / United States of America
1962Chris Hallam / Swimmer / United Kingdom
1968Junot Diaz / Writer / United States of America
1982Luke Schenscher / Basketball Player / Australia
1985Jonathan Horton / Gymnast / United States of America
1932Don James / Footballer / United States of America
1948Donna Summer / Writer / United States of America

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