THIS DAY IN #HISTORY 3112


This day in #history 3112
DECEMBER 31ST

535 – Byzantine General Belisarius completes the
conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.

1600 – British East India Company chartered

1687 – 1 st Huguenots depart France to Cape of
Good Hope

1744 – James Bradley announces discovery of
Earth’ s nutation motion (wobble )

1756 – Russia joins the Alliance of Versailles

1758 – British expeditionary army occupies Goree
(Dakar ) Senegal

1775 – Battle of Quebec ; Americans unable to take British stronghold

1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price
controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

1779 – English fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels

1781 – Bank of North America, 1 st US bank opens

1783 – Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states

1805 – End of French Republican calendar ; France returns to Gregorianism

1831 – Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City .

1841 – Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons

1857 – Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new
capital of Canada

1859 – Dutch colony in Dutch Indies counts 4, 800
slaves

1945 – Ratification of UN Charter completed

1946 – French troops leave Lebanon

1946 – Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

1958 – Cuban dictator Batista tells his Cabinet he is fleeing the country

1962 – Dutch leave New Guinea

1962 – Katanga becomes part of Democratic
Republic of Congo

1969 – Congo -Brazzaville becomes People ‘s
republic , under major Ngouabi

1980 – Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns

1981 – CNN Headline News debuts

1981 – Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution

1983 – Brunei gains complete independence from
Britain

1983 – Nigeria ‘s National Assembly dissolves after military coup

1984 – Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India’s 6 th PM succeeding his mother Indira Gandhi

1991 – USSR , last day of existence

1997 – Microsoft buys Hotmail E -mail service

1999 – Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

2004 – The official opening of Taipei 101 , the current tallest skyscraper in the world , standing at a height of 509 metres ( 1 ,670 feet ).

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1937 – Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)

1941 – Sir Alex Ferguson , Scottish football manager

FAMOUS DEATHS

1994 – Woody Strode, actor (Posse, Cotton Club , Vigilante), dies at 80

FAMOUS WEDDING

1997 – ” The Fresh Prince” Will Smith (43 ) weds
actress and singer-songwriter Jada Pinkett ( 40) in Baltimore, Maryland

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

2005 – ” One Tree Hill ” actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24 ) weds ” Enation ” musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon

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