December 31 Dateline

"Finish each day and be done with it. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We in Australia celebrate the New Year's Eve (NYE) spectacular fireworks ahead of many of you around the world. Link ---->  Sydney New Year's Eve 2018

Famous Birthdays

1720 - Bonnie Prince Charlie
1869 - Henri Matisse, Artist
1937 - Anthony Hopkins, Actor
1943 - John Denver, Singer, songwriter, actor
1943 - Sir Ben Kingsley, Actor
1948 - Donna Summer, Singer
1959 - Val Kilmer, Actor

Actor Val Kilmer

Historical Events

1879 - Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens in London.

Here's a complete overture of Sullivan's music from The Pirates of Penzance.

1933 - Inventor Charles Darrow patents the board game "Monopoly" in the U.S. A London version of the game was launched the following year.

1960 - The farthing or quarter penny,ceases to be legal tender in UK after six hundred years in use.

1999 - Boris Yeltsin surprises the world by resigning as Russian President, handing over power to Vladimir Putin, as Acting President.

1999 - In celebration of the new millennium, nations around the world launch celebrations to usher and welcome it.

2000 - President Clinton signs the UN treaty to establish a permanent International Criminal Court, which will try cases of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Video Credit:
The Complete Overture from the Pirate of Penzance.  YouTube, uploaded by Alfonso O.  Accessed DEcember 31, 2016.

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4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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