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Today in History Today is Friday, December 31, the 365th and last day of 2021. Today’s highlight in history: the…

Today in history

Today is Friday, December 31, the 365th and last day of 2021.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 31, 2019, the Wuhan City Health Commission in central China announced that experts were investigating an outbreak of respiratory disease and that most of the victims had visited a seafood market in the city ; the statement said 27 people had fallen ill with a strain of viral pneumonia and seven were in serious condition.

To this date :

In 1775, during the War of Independence, the British repelled an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold in Quebec; Montgomery was killed.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an enabling act paving the way for the counties of western Virginia to become the state of West Virginia, which took place in June 1863.

In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his incandescent electric light by illuminating some 40 light bulbs in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

In 1904, Times Square in New York City saw its first New Year’s celebration, with around 200,000 people in attendance.

In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

In 1972, Major League baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed when a plane he had chartered and on which he was traveling to deliver relief to earthquake-devastated Nicaragua flew into the sky. crashed shortly after taking off from Puerto Rico.

In 1974, private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in over 40 years.

In 1978, Taiwanese diplomats displayed their colors for the last time from the embassy pole in Washington, DC, marking the end of diplomatic relations with the United States.

In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six others were killed when a fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that took the group to a New Years concert in Dallas.

In 1986, 97 people were killed when a fire broke out at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers then pleaded guilty to the fire.)

In 1999 Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation (he was replaced by Vladimir Putin).

In 2010, tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air hit the South and Midwest, killing a total of eight people in Arkansas and Missouri.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama enacted a vast defense bill despite his “serious reservations” about the provisions governing the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. A NASA probe fired its engine and orbiting the moon on the first of two consecutive arrivals over New Years weekend.

Five years ago: Mariah Carey kicked off 2017 with a sloppy performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC; Carey blamed the show’s producers for the technical difficulties, while Dick Clark Productions called Carey’s claims “absurd.” Actor William Christopher, best known for playing Father Francis Mulcahy in the “MASH” television series, has died in Pasadena, California at the age of 84.

A year ago: All over the world on New Years Eve, pandemic restrictions on outdoor gatherings have caused people to turn to virtual celebrations or fireworks made for television. In Times Square in New York City, the balloon fell as always, but police fenced off the site to prevent crowds from gathering. Authorities have arrested a pharmacist in suburban Milwaukee on suspicion of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of the coronavirus vaccine by removing them from the refrigerator. (Steven Brandenburg, a recognized conspiracy theorist who believed vaccines were the devil’s product, would be sentenced to three years in prison.) Britain has completed its economic break with the European Union. Stocks ended the year at record highs, even after the markets plummeted in the spring as the coronavirus took hold. Former United States Attorney General and Governor of Pennsylvania Dick Thornburgh has died in a retirement community near Pittsburgh; he was 88 years old.

Today’s Birthdays: Television producer George Schlatter is 92 years old. Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 84 years old. Actor Tim Considine (TV: “My Three Sons”) is 81 years old. Actress Sarah Miles is 80 years old. Actress Barbara Carrera is 80 years old. Rock musician Andy Summers is 79 years old. Actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 78 years old. Producer-director Taylor Hackford is 77 years old. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is 75 years old. Actor Tim Matheson is 74 years old. Pop singer Burton Cummings is 74 years old. Actor Joe Dallesandro is 73 years old. Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 70 years old. Actor James Remar is 68 years old. Actor Bebe Neuwirth is 63 years old. Actor Val Kilmer is 62 years old. Singer Paul Westerberg is 62 years old. Actor Don Diamont is 59 years old. Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 59 years old. Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 58 years old. Actor Gong Li is 56 years old. Author Nicholas Sparks is 56 years old. Actor Lance Reddick is 52 years old. Pop singer Joe McIntyre is 49 years old. Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 46 years old. Donald Trump Jr. is 44 years old. Rapper PSY (Park Jae-blood) is 44 years old. Rock musician Bob Bryar is 42 years old. Rock musician Jason Sechrist (Portugal. The Man) is 42 years old. A Comedian Ricky Whittle is 42 years old. Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Is 42 years old. Actor / singer Erich Bergen is 36 years old. DJ / singer Drew Taggart (The Chainsmokers) is 32 years old. American Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Alix Klineman is 32 years old. American Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas is 26 years old.

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