December 31 Dateline

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

Sharing how we Sydneysiders in Australia celebrate the NYE, ahead of many of you around the world. Here are links with images of Sydney's New Year's Eve spectacular fireworks:  Sydney New Year's Eve 2017

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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2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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