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Famous Events For December 31

Famous Events For December 31 – Today In History

What Happened on December 31 in World History?

Early Centuries – December 31 Historic Events – Before 1700

1. December 31, 0192 – unsuccessful attempt on the life of Roman Emperor Commodus by poisoning by his mistress; but smothered in the bathtub
2. December 31, 0406 – commencement of assault on Gallia by 80,000 Vandals, Alans, and Suebians crossing the River Rhine at Mainz
3. December 31, 0535 – Byzantine General Belisarius defeats Ostrogothic military HQ of Syracuse and thus finishes the capture of Sicily
4. December 31, 0765 – burial of Ho-tse Shen-hui in a stupa built in China
5. December 31, 0870 – Ethelred of Wessex defeats Danish assault at the battle at Englefield
6. December 31, 1229 – The overthrow of the island of Majorca on behalf of Christian kingdoms was carried out by James I of Aragon, the Conqueror after entering Medina Mayurqa (Palma)
7. December 31, 1492 – Sicily throws out 100,000 Jews

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8. December 31, 1502 – Urbino captured by Cesare Borgia (son of Pope Alexander IV)
9. December 31, 1564 – a demand for freedom of conscience/religion by Willem van Orange
10. December 31, 1600 – formation of British East India Company
11. December 31, 1604 – The army under Admiral Steven van der Hagen enters Bantam
12. December 31, 1621 – The Treaty of Mikulov was executed by Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor/Ferdinand II
13. December 31, 1660 – Louis XIV of France identifies James II of England as Duke of Normandy
14. December 31, 1669 – confidential agreement between France and Brandenburg
15. December 31, 1670 – Boyne-treaty was executed between France and England
16. December 31, 1680 – inauguration of Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht
17. December 31, 1687 – a religious group – Huguenots – protestants leave France to Cape of Good Hope
18. December 31, 1688 – Nottingham occupied by pro-James II-earl of Devonshire
19. December 31, 1695 – Many shopkeepers close their shop windows to avoid payment tax brought into force in England

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18th Century – What Happened on December 31 – The 1700s

20. December 31, 1700 – the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by Frisia and Groningen – tomorrow is 1/12/1701
21. December 31, 1711 – dismissal of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, as English army commander
22. December 31, 1744 – Earth’s nutation motion was discovered by English astronomer James Bradley
23. December 31, 1756 – Alliance of Versailles admits Russia as a member
24. December 31, 1758 – an expeditionary army of British seizes Goree (Dakar) Senegal
25. December 31, 1775 – Americans were defeated when attempting to capture British headquarters at the Battle of Quebec in the American Revolutionary War
26. December 31, 1776 – to contain the inflation, Rhode Island brings in legislation to fix the wage and price controls – 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors
27. December 31, 1779 – British army defeats Dutch Merchant ships
28. December 31, 1781 – inauguration of the 1st US bank – Bank of North America
29. December 31, 1783 – all northern US states ban getting African slaves

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19th Century – December 31 This Day That Year – The 1800s

30. December 31, 1805 – with France adopting the Gregorian calendar, the French Republican Calendar comes to a close
31. December 31, 1831 – transfer of Gramercy Park to New York City
32. December 31, 1841 – The first state to permit dental surgeons was Alabama
33. December 31, 1857 – Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria as the new capital of Canada
34. December 31, 1859 – there were 4800 slaves in the Dutch colony in Dutch Indies
35. December 31, 1861 – Cherrapunji in Assam in India created a world record by receiving 22,990 mm of rain in 1861
36. December 31, 1862 – American Civil War – Battle of Stone’s River (Battle of Murfreesboro), Tennesse
37. December 31, 1862 – West Virginia admitted into the Union by an Act of President Abraham Lincoln
38. December 31, 1862 – war at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee
39. December 31, 1862 – sinking of the “Monitor” ship belonging to the Union off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
40. December 31, 1870 – copyright granted to J D Schneiter for his rocket mail in France
41. December 31, 1879 – laying the foundation stone for the construction of Honolulu Iolani Palace (the only royal palace in the US)
42. December 31, 1879 – public presentation by Edison of his incandescent lamp
43. December 31, 1879 – debut performance of the comic show “Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan in NYC
44. December 31, 1897 – Brooklyn comes under the jurisdiction of NYC (1/1/1898) and incidentally it was the last day for Brooklyn as a city

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20th Century – Important Events On This Day December 31 – 1900s

45. December 31, 1901 – Nomination of Tomas Estrada Palma as the first President of Cuba, under its new Constitution
46. December 31, 1904 – New York City hosted the New Year’s Eve celebration for the first time at Time Square (then Longacre Square)
47. December 31, 1906 – agreement on the rights of Abyssinia among French, British, and Italy
48. December 31, 1906 – Antony Wilding defeats Francis Fisher, 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 at the Australasian Championship Men’s Tennis, Christchurch, NZ
49. December 31, 1907 – The New Year was ushered in by dropping a ball at Times Square for the first time
50. December 31, 1907 – Music composer, Gustav was the director of the Metropolitan Opera
51. December 31, 1910 – about 9 billion cigarettes were manufactured in 1910 by the US tobacco industry
52. December 31, 1911 – 2nd Nobel Prize Award for Marie Curie
53. December 31, 1917 – 159,450 members form the Dutch Social-democratic Trade Union NVV
54. December 31, 1918 – appointment of Kid Gleason as the Manager of White Sox in place of Pants Rowland

55. December 31, 1920 – Roy Park was out in the first delivery in only Test Cricket inn Vs England at MCG
56. December 31, 1921 – The fire horses of San Francisco retire
57. December 31, 1921 – Australian Rhys Gemmell defeats his countryman Alf Hedeman, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 at the Australasian Championships Men’s Tennis, Perth
58. December 31, 1923 – first radio broadcast sent across the Atlantic, Pittsburgh-Manchester
59. December 31, 1923 – Big Ben chime ID for BBC started
60. December 31, 1923 – first performance of the musical “Kid Boots” by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy in New York City
61. December 31, 1924 – Ban on newspapers of the opposition ordered by the Italian Fascist Mussolini
62. December 31, 1925 – the 14th assembly of CPSU decides to put the industry on a fast-track
63. December 31, 1927 – achieving 336 against SA, gives Ponsford 1146 a month
64. December 31, 1929 – circular communication issued by Pope Pius XI on Divini illius magistri
65. December 31, 1930 – Papal circular communication on Casti connubial against mixed marriages
66. December 31, 1930 – 123 billion cigarettes were manufactured by US tobacco producers in 1930 in the US
67. December 31, 1932 – John P O’Brien takes oath as mayor of NYC
68. December 31, 1934 – The first woman to pilot an airmail aircraft was Helen Richey
69. December 31, 1935 – change of name of CPH to Dutch Communist Party
70. December 31, 1935 – copyright to Charles Darrow for his Monopoly game
71. December 31, 1938 – Indiana introduces “drunk meter”, an instrument to test the breath, developed by Dr. R N Harger
72. December 31, 1938 – The national debt of the Dutch touches f3,986,629,805.70
73. December 31, 1939 – The national debt of the Dutch touches f4,218,553,180.99
74. December 31, 1941 – The park in the Bronx was named Young Park in honor of Samul Young
75. December 31, 1942 – British Navy and German Kriegsmarine off North Cape, Norway clash – war of the Barents Sea
76. December 31, 1943 – Frank Sinatra was welcomed at NYC’s Time Square at Paramount Theater
77. December 31, 1944 – In a train accident in Ogden, Utah, 48 people lost their life
78. December 31, 1944 – Japanese army vacates harbor city Akyab

79. December 31, 1944 – Declaration of war by Hungary on Germany: WWII
80. December 31, 1945 – in the 1st post-war cricket match, Bradman achieves 112, SA Vs Aust Services
81. December 31, 1945 – Authentication of the United Nations Charter accomplished
82. December 31, 1946 – French army vacate Lebanon
83. December 31, 1946 – formal declaration by US President Harry Truman of the end of WWII
84. December 31, 1948 – police action by Dutch police stimulated a strike in Java
85. December 31, 1949 – The Republic of Indonesia was acknowledged by 18 countries
86. December 31, 1950 – a maximum of 388 wins in a year performed by Jockeys Bill Shoemaker & Joe Culmone
87. December 31, 1951 – conversion of radioactive energy to electricity by use of battery publicized for the 1st time
88. December 31, 1952 – Australia defeats the USA in Adelaide at the 41st Davis Cup (4-1)
89. December 31, 1952 – Jake LaMotta, earlier world middleweight title holder was defeated by Danny Naradico in the 7 rounds in a light heavyweight in a non-title spell in Coral Gables Gables, Florida; This defeat was the only knockdown in his profession, his corner stopping the fight after the round
90. December 31, 1953 – Hulan Jack takes oath as president of Manhattan Municipality
91. December 31, 1953 – TV transmission channel 4 in G’ville-Spartanburg, SC commences
92. December 31, 1953 – Bill Shoemaker achieves 485 wins in a year thus breaking the earlier record
93. December 31, 1953 – Australia defeats USA (3-2) in the 42nd Davis Cup in Melbourne
94. December 31, 1955 – last show of “Vamp” at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 presentations
95. December 31, 1955 – The first US Corporation to report earnings of USD1 billion in a year was the General Motors Corporation
96. December 31, 1957 – Award of James Sullivan Memorial Trophy to Bobby Morrow by Amateur Athletic Union
97. December 31, 1958 – USA defeats Australia (3-2) at the 47th Davis Cup in Brisbane
98. December 31, 1958 – Fulgencio Batista, Cuban dictator, informs his Cabinet of his intention to run away from the country
99. December 31, 1958 – end of International Geophysical Year which lasted from July 1, 1957, to 31st Dec. 1958
100. December 31, 1958 – award of national riding championship 4X to Bill Shoemaker – 1st jockey to achieve this distinction
101. December 31, 1961 – last show of “Irma La Douce” at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 shows
102. December 31, 1961 – premiere show of The Beach Boys under the same title
103. December 31, 1961 – an unsuccessful rebellion by a Syrian group in Lebanon
104. December 31, 1961 – Green Bay Packers defeat NY Giants by not allowing them to score a goal, 37-0; Vince Lombardi, head coach achieves the first of 5 NFL titles in a duration of 7 seasons at the National Football League Championship, City Stadium, Green Bay
105. December 31, 1961 – termination of the Marshall Plan (financial aid, etc., to Western European countries after WWII) after dispensing $12 billion and more
106. December 31, 1962 – Gene Rayburn hosts the first show of “Match Game” on NBC
107. December 31, 1962 – stoppage of their business by the American Basketball League
108. December 31, 1962 – Dutch vacate New Guinea
109. December 31, 1962 – Katanga annexed to the Democratic Republic of Congo
110. December 31, 1962 – an agreement between Ohio and Reds when the latter agreed to continue in Cin for 10 years
111. December 31, 1963 – Debut show of “Dear Abby” on CBS radio, which ran for 11 years
112. December 31, 1963 – first combined music performance by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir
113. December 31, 1964 – maximum water speed of 276.33 mph achieved by Donald Campbell (UK)

114. December 31, 1964 – Indonesia withdraws from the membership of the UN over Malaysian issue
115. December 31, 1966 – The musical “I’m a Believer” by Monee reaches the #1 position and retains the position for 7 weeks
116. December 31, 1966 – restarting of Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicta) off England
117. December 31, 1966 – first Test cricket lay of Bishen Singh Bedi in a match between India Vs WI at Calcutta, 2-92
118. December 31, 1966 – commencement of operations of Toboggan Chutes in Cleveland Metroparks
119. December 31, 1967 – An unsuccessful attempt by Motorcycle daredevil, Evel Knevel to jump the Caesar’s Palace Fountain, Las Vegas. He breaks many parts of his lower abdomen and ankles
120. December 31, 1967 – last show of “Henry, Sweet Henry” at Palace Theater NYC after 80 presentations
121. December 31, 1967 – LA Lakers defeat Houston (147-118) during the 1st NBA play at Great Western Forum
122. December 31, 1967 – Oakland Raiders defeat Houston Oilers, 40-7; George Bland scores 4 field goals for Raiders in the first AFL Championship title
123. December 31, 1967 – Green Bay Packers defeat Cowboys, 21-17 for the NFL Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay at a cold temperature of -13 F referred to as “The Ice Bowl”
124. December 31, 1968 – the first aircraft flying at a speed more than that of sound (Russian TU-144)
125. December 31, 1968 – NY Jets achieve the AFL championship title
126. December 31, 1969 – During the rule of Major Ngouabi, the Congo-Brazzaville becomes the People’s Republic
127. December 31, 1970 – approval by Congress to mint Eisenhower dollar coin
128. December 31, 1970 – a case filed by Paul McCartney to disband The Beatles
129. December 31, 1970 – Nationalization of Chilean coal mines by President Allende
130. December 31, 1970 – The Aust/Eng Test cricket at MCG washed away
131. December 31, 1971 – TV transmission channel No.4 in Boise, ID commences on PBS
132. December 31, 1971 – The terms of the contract of Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr. USMC comes to an end

133. December 31, 1971 – appointment of John Benn as Ombudsman of Northern Ireland in place of Edmund Compton
134. December 31, 1972 – adjustment of Time by a second to the Atomic time
135. December 31, 1972 – Miami Dolphins defeat Pittsburgh Steeler, 21-7
136. December 31, 1972 – Detention of Martin McGuinness under the new Republic of Ireland Act
137. December 31, 1972 – Margaret Court defeats Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 6-4, 7-5. She achieved her career 11th and final Australian Singles crown at the Australian Open Women’s Tennis
138. December 31, 1972 – Washington Redskins defeated Dallas Cowboys 26-3 at the NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
139. December 31, 1973 – Johan Cruyff had the honor of being chosen for the European Football Player of the Year
140. December 31, 1973 – Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley defeats Chris Evert, 7-6,4-6, 6-0 during her debut of 4 home singles titles
141. December 31, 1974 – Gold 100-balboa coins of the Republic Panama, were minted at Franklin Mint
142. December 31, 1974 – songwriters and singers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
143. December 31, 1974 – NY Yankees enter into a contract for a maximum of $3.75 million for 5 years with Jim “Catfish” Hunter
144. December 31, 1974 – A new computer Altair 8800 by Popular Electronics was kept on exhibition
145. December 31, 1974 – 1974 – Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley defeats Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia to defend her championship 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian Open Women’s Tennis
146. December 31, 1974 – Best European Football Player award to Ajax forward Johan Cruyff ahead of Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Legia Warsaw midfielder Kazimierz Deyna; this was Johan Cruyff’s successive 3rd award
147. December 31, 1976 – TV soap advt. serial “Somerset” terminates after running for 6 years
148. December 31, 1976 – American Rock band group, Cars premiere performance
149. December 31, 1977 – last performance of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 presentations
150. December 31, 1977 – last show of “Man of La Mancha” at Palace Theater NYC after 124 presentations

151. December 31, 1977 – leadership in Kuwait was assumed by Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah
152. December 31, 1977 – Cambodia and Vietnam break ambassadorial relationship
153. December 31, 1977 – Donald Wood was an editor of a newspaper in South Africa and an anti-apartheid activist. He runs away from South Africa to London
154. December 31, 1977 – A serial murderer, Ted Bundy runs away from prison in Colorado
155. December 31, 1977 -airing of programs on 1620 AM from WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station)
156. December 31, 1977 – First and only one Grand Salm achieved by American Vitas Gerulaitis defeating Englishman John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2 at the Australian Open Men’s Tennis
157. December 31, 1977 – Writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o was put behind bars for writing a play jointly with another writer criticizing the Kenyan government
158. December 31, 1978 – last show of “Magic show” at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 presentations
159. December 31, 1978 – last show of “Runaways” at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 presentations
160. December 31, 1978 – Admiral Stansfield, CIA director attains superannuation
161. December 31, 1978 – appointment of Chapour Bakhtiar as prime minister by Iran’s Shah
162. December 31, 1978 – ambassadorial level dealings were cut off between Taiwan and US
163. December 31, 1978 – last performance by The Runaways’ band’s gig at Daly City, Cow Palace
164. December 31, 1979 – music performances at Winterland Rock Concert Hall were terminated and Hall closed in San Francisco after 556 performance
165. December 31, 1980 – 18 persons lost their lives when a hotel owned by a Jewish was blasted in Nairobi Kenya
166. December 31, 1980 – The NY Islanders did not allow the Chicago Black Hawks to score any goal and defeated them (9-0)
167. December 31, 1980 – Leopold Senghor, President of Senegal steps down
168. December 31, 1981 – premiere of CNN Headline News
169. December 31, 1981 – The constitution of Ghana was put on hold when Lt Jerry Rawlings assumed as head of Ghana
170. December 31, 1981 – a maximum of 475,000 were reported as unemployed in the Netherlands
171. December 31, 1982 – The final event of CBS Mystery Theater on the radio was broadcast after 8 years
172. December 31, 1982 – The soap opera “Doctors” completed its 19-year performance
173. December 31, 1983 – complete freedom granted to Brunei by the British
174. December 31, 1983 – appointment of Jose Happart as mayor of Voeren Belgium
175. December 31, 1983 – The military takes over Nigeria and its National Assembly disbanded
176. December 31, 1983 – Appointment of Benjamin Ward as the 1st African American NY City Police Commissioner by Mayor Ed Koch
177. December 31, 1983 – Major General Muhammadu Buhari takes over as Head of State of Nigeria after a military takeover; President Shagari was dismissed
178. December 31, 1984 – Rick Allen, the drummer of the rock band Def Leppard, lost an arm in a car accident
179. December 31, 1984 – submission of NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz to authorities in NH
180. December 31, 1984 – first test cricket play for Mohammad Azharuddin Vs England at Calcutta
181. December 31, 1984 – quitting of US from UNESCO
182. December 31, 1986 – in an inferno in Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico 97 persons lost their life
183. December 31, 1986 – The first supersonic aircraft flight Russian TU-144
184. December 31, 1986 – change of nomenclature of WIS-AM in Columbia SC to WVOC (now WOMG)
185. December 31, 1988 – The Fog Bowl, a heavy dense fog covers Soldier Field in Chicago; the visibility was reduced to 15-20 yards during the second quarter of the Bears Vs Eagles, NFC Divisional Playoff game; Bears win 20-12
186. December 31, 1988 – Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh NHL center scores all the goals in the Penguins’ 8-6 victory over the NJ Devils; excellently achieves 5 goals, each in a different way including power play, shorthanded, penalty, and empty set and 3 assists
187. December 31, 1989 – last show of “Me and My Girl” at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 shows
188. December 31, 1989 – last show of the “Threepenny Opera” at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 presentations
189. December 31, 1989 – The achievement for the year with 598 wins created by Jockey Kent Desormeaux
190. December 31, 1990 – Iraq starts recruiting for defense all 17-year-old
191. December 31, 1990 – commencement of Sci-Fi channel on cable TV
192. December 31, 1990 – The Presidential Palace was captured by the United Somali Congress
193. December 31, 1991 – The communist party of Netherlands, CPN ceases
194. December 31, 1991 – appointment of Daniel R McCarthy as managing general partner of NY Yankee
195. December 31, 1991 – The stock price of Dow Jones touches a high of 3168.83
196. December 31, 1991 – stepping down of J Donald Crump as CFL Commissioner
197. December 31, 1993 – appearance of Barbra Streisand in public after 20 years for a music performance
198. December 31, 1994 – Baltimore Maryland experienced its 1st snowless December
199. December 31, 1994 – dissolution of AABN – Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands
200. December 31, 1994 – In the Island of Kiribati, Dec.31 is omitted since the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change their time zone from UTC -11 to UTC +13 and UTC -10 to UTC +14 respectively

201. December 31, 1994 – last show of “Danny Gans on Broadway” at Neil Simon NYC
202. December 31, 1995 – last show of “Having Our Say” at Booth Theater NYC after 308 shows
203. December 31, 1995 – last show of “Heiress” at Cort Theater NYC after 340 presentation
204. December 31, 1995 – last show of “Paul Robeson” at Longacre Theater after shows in NYC
205. December 31, 1995 – last performance of “Racing season” at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 14 shows
206. December 31, 1995 – last show of “Tempest” at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 shows
207. December 31, 1995 – The comic serial “Calvin & Hobbes” was terminated by Cartoonist Bill Watterson after 10 years of its run on the assumption that he had accomplished everything he could in the medium
208. December 31, 1997 – Intel revised the price of Pentium II-233 MHZ from $401 to $268
209. December 31, 1997 – stepping down of Marv Levy (72) as NFL Buffalo coach after 12 terms which included 4 successively missed Super Bowl
210. December 31, 1997 – The Hotmail email service was purchased by Microsoft for $400 million and re-introduced as MSM Hotmail
211. December 31, 1997 – Statistics in Sweden show that there was more death than were born in 1997. This is the 1st time since 1809
212. December 31, 1997- The half-brother of pitcher Livan, Orlando Hernandez, absconds from Cuba
213. December 31, 1997 – A team of surgeons from South Africa and the US separate the Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head
214. December 31, 1997 – Dominik Hasek, Buffalo’s Czech NHL goalie arrests 36 shots and achieves 27th career shutout whereby Sabrs defeated Ottawa Senators, 3-0; achieved 6th shutout in December, first since George Hainsworth in 1928-29 to gain this distinction
215. December 31, 1998 – a maximum of $6.24 billion a year was achieved by US movie box office
216. December 31, 1998 – The conversion rates between the euro and legal currencies in the Eurozone Union become fixed
217. December 31, 1999 – Control of the Panama Canal was given back to Panama
218. December 31, 1999 – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes charge as acting president of Russia on Boris Yeltsin steps down

21st Century – December 31 This Day In History – The 2000s

219. December 31, 2004 – the formal inauguration of Taipei 101, known tallest building in the world 509 meters high ((1670 feet)
220. December 31, 2005 – appointment of Jamie Dimon as CEO of JP Morgan Chase
221. December 31, 2006 – The last Rugby match in old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin when Leister defeated Ulster, 20-12 in a Celtic League play
222. December 31, 2007 – In a devastating fire accident that demolished many fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines, seven people received injuries
223. December 31, 2007 – The construction project of Big Dig in Boston, Massachusetts comes to an end
224. December 31, 2010 – post-destruction of the world, zombie TV series, “The Walking Dead” featuring Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal debuts on AMC
225. December 31, 2014 – in a stampede due to revelers on the New Year on Shanghai’s Bund riverfront, 36 people lost their lives and 47 were injured
226. December 31, 2014 – swearing in of Beji Caid Essebsi as Tunisia’s first elected president
227. December 31, 2015 – The death killed by US Police toll was 1134 black men in 2015 and it is likely to be more than 9 times
228. December 31, 2015 – # Clemson defeats #4 Oklahoma, 37-17 at the 82nd Orange Bowl
229. December 31, 2016 – appointment of Chris Oili, painter, as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017 New Year Honor for services to art
230. December 31, 2017 – 30 people died in a Bus accident at Migaa near Molo, central Kenya
231. December 31, 2017 – prohibition of the sale of ivory in China comes into force
232. December 31, 2017 – Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Cleveland Browns, 28-24 at Heinz Field; becomes the 2nd team in NFL to a 0-16 achievement in the season
233. December 31, 2017 – Singer Lorde canceled his show in Israel; was called an extremist in an advertisement in the Washington Post
234. December 31, 2017 – Rajinikanth, an Indian movie star announces his intention to enter politics
235. December 31, 2018 – James Harden of Houston guard achieves 43 points to make the Rockets defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-101
236. December 31, 2018 – Prime Minister Sheik Hasina was victorious in the elections held in Bangladesh to secure her 3rd term; there were 17 deaths in violent clashes

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