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On December 31st, 1879, Thomas
Edison first publicly demonstrated his
electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, New
In 1775, the British repulsed an attack by
Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and
Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.
In 1862, President
Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to
In 1897, Brooklyn,
New York, spent its last day as a separate entity
before becoming part of New York City.
In 1946, President
Truman officially proclaimed the end of
hostilities in World War Two.
In 1961, the
Marshall Plan expired after distributing more
than 12 billion dollars in foreign aid.
In 1974, private
US citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for
the first time in more than 40 years.
In 1978, Taiwanese
diplomats struck their colors for the final time
from the embassy flagpole in Washington, marking
the end of diplomatic relations with the US.
In 1985, singer
Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed
when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking
the group to a New Year's Eve performance in
ninety-seven people were killed when fire broke
out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto
Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty
to charges in connection with the blaze.)
In 1997, Michael
Kennedy, the 39-year-old son of the late Senator
Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing
accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.
Ten years ago:
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir fired
Science Minister Ezer Weizman, accusing him of
meeting with officials of the Palestine
Five years ago:
Bosnian government officials and Bosnian Serb
leaders signed a UN-brokered cease-fire
agreement. Russian ground forces launched a
ferocious assault on the Chechen capital of
One year ago:
Europe's leaders proclaimed a new era as eleven
nations merged currencies to create the euro, a
shared money they said would boost business,
underpin unity and strengthen their role in world
"The past at least
Daniel Webster, American statesman (1782-1862).