History of 31st Decemeber, Negotiations for the hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 concluded
1841 – The State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the U.S.
1857 – Britain’s Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1862 – U.S. President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
1877 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes became the first U.S. President to celebrate his silver (25th) wedding anniversary in the White House.
1879 – Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.
1891 – New York’s new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals.
1897 – Brooklyn, NY, spent its last day as a separate entity before becoming part of New York City.
1923 – In London, the BBC first broadcast the chimes of Big Ben.
1929 – Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played “Auld Lang Syne” as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time.
1946 – U.S. President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
1947 – Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were married.
1953 – Willie Shoemaker broke his own record as he won his 485th race of the year.
1954 – The last episode of the radio show “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” aired.
1955 – General Motors became the first U.S. corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year.
1956 — Prabhu Ganesan, Tamil film actor and producer, was born
1960 – The farthing coin, which had been in use in Great Britain since the 13th century, ceased to be legal tender.
1961 – In the U.S., the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.
1965 — Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Indian cricketer, was born
1967 – The Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The game is known as the Ice Bowl since it was played in a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero. (NFL)
1974 – Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.
1978 – Taiwanese diplomats struck their colors for the final time from the embassy flagpole in Washington, DC. The event marked the end of diplomatic relations with the U.S.
1979 – At year end oil prices were 88% higher than at the start of 1979.
1986 – A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, killed 97 and injured 140 people. Three hotel workers later pled guilty to charges in connection with the fire.
1990 – Titleholder Gary Kasparov of the U.S.S.R. won the world chess championship match against his countryman Anatoly Karpov.
1996 – NCR Corp. became an independent company.
1997 – Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.
1999 – Negotiations for the hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 concluded
2004 – In Taiwan, the Taipei 101 skyscraper opened to the public. >