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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31 - The Day in History

December 31 : General Interest
1999: Panama Canal turned over to Panama

On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time... read more

American Revolution
1775 : Patriots are defeated at Quebec

1927 : Henry Ford publishes the last issue of the Dearborn Independent

Civil War
1862 : Confederate General Forrest escapes capture at Parker's Crossroads

Cold War
1978 : United States ends official relations with Nationalist China

1984 : Subway vigilante turns himself in

1972 : Baseball star dies in plane crash

General Interest
1600 : Charter granted to the East India Company
1775 : Patriots defeated at Quebec
1879 : Edison demonstrates incandescent light
1968 : Soviets test supersonic airliner

1937 : Anthony Hopkins born

1972 : Pete Hamill quits drinking

1985 : Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash

Old West
1943 : John Denver born in New Mexico

1961 : Kennedy and Khrushchev exchange holiday greetings

1972 : Plane carrying Roberto Clemente crashes

Vietnam War
1968 : Bloodiest year of the war ends
1971 : U.S. annual casualty figures down
1972 : U.S. and communist negotiators prepare to return to the Paris talks

World War I
1880 : American general and diplomat George C. Marshall is born

World War II
1944 : Hungary declares war on Germany


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