335 -St Silvester I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 406 -80,000 Vandels attack the Rhine at Mainz 406 -Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gallia. 535 -Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year. 765 -Coffin of Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China 870 -Skirmish at Englefield: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army 1229 -James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca. 1492 -100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily 1502 -Cesare Borgia (son of pope Alexander VI) occupies Urbino 1564 -Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion 1600 -British East India Company chartered 1604 -Admiral Steven van der Haghen's fleet reaches Bantam 1621 -Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor/Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Mikulov 1660 -James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France. 1669 -France & Brandenburg sign secret treaty 1670 -France & England sign Boyne-treaty 1680 -Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens 1687 -1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope 1688 -Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham [OS=Dec 21] 1695 -A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax. 1700 -Frisia/Groningen adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 1/12/1701 1708 -Great Alliance captures Bridge 1711 -Duke of Marlborough fired as English army commander 1744 -James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble) 1745 -Bonnie Prince Charlies army meets with de Esk 1756 -Russia joins the Alliance of Versailles 1758 -British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal 1762 -Mozart family moves from Vienna to Salzburg 1775 -Battle of Quebec; Americans unable to take British stronghold 1776 -Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors 1779 -English fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels 1781 -Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens 1783 -Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states 1805 -End of French Republican calendar; France returns to Gregorianism 1831 -Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City. 1841 -Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons 1852 -Future president & Mrs Rutherford B Hayes marry 1857 -Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada 1859 -Dutch colony in Dutch Indies counts 4,800 slaves 1861 -22,990 mm of rain falls in Cherrapunji Assam in 1861, world record 1862 --Jan 20th) Battle of Stone's River, TN (Stone River, Monfreesboro) 1862 -Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1862 -Pres Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to Union 1862 -Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee 1862 -Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank off Cape Hatteras, NC 1870 -J D Schneiter patents rocket mail in France, (not done) 1879 -Cornerstone laid for Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US) 1879 -Cornerstone laid for Honolulu's Iolani Palace 1879 -Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp 1879 -Gilbert/Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," premieres in NYC 1879 -Opera "Pirates of Penzance" is produced (NYC) 1890 -Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot 1896 -25th auto built in US 1897 -Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898) 1902 -Boers & British army sign peace treaty 1904 -The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York. 1906 -French/British/Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia 1907 -For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year 1907 -G Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera 1910 -US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910 1911 -Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize 1914 -Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000 1917 -Dutch Social-democratic trade union NVV counts 159,450 members 1918 -Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager 1920 -Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG 1921 -Last San Francisco firehorses retired 1923 -1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester 1923 -BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID 1923 -H Tierney/J McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in NYC 1924 -Hubble announces existence of distant galaxies 1925 -14th congress of CPSU decides to accelerate industry 1927 -Ponsford scores 336 against SA, giving him 1146 for month 1929 -Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri 1930 -Pontifical encyclical Casti connubii against mixed marriages 1930 -US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930 1932 -John P O'Brien sworn-in as mayor of NYC 1934 -Helen Richey becomes 1st woman to pilot an airmail transport 1935 -CPH becomes Dutch Communist Party 1935 -Charles Darrow patents Monopoly 1938 -Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana 1938 -Dutch national debt hits ƒ3,986,629,805.70 1939 -25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton) 1939 -Dutch national debt hits ƒ4,218,553,180.99 1940 -37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton) 1941 -Young Park (2) in the Bronx named in honor of Samuel Young 1942 -60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton) 1942 -Battle in Barents Sea 1942 -Potatoes rationed in Holland 1943 -NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater 1944 -48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah 1944 -Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab 1944 -World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany. 1945 -Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services 1945 -Ratification of UN Charter completed 1946 -French troops leave Lebanon 1946 -Pres Truman officially proclaims end of WW II 1948 -Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike 1949 -18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia 1950 -Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year 1951 -1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced
1953 -Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president 1953 -WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins 1953 -Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year 1955 -"Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances 1955 -The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year. 1957 -AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy 1958 -47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2) 1958 -Cubans dictator Batista flees 1958 -International Geophyscial Year ends 1958 -Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X 1961 -"lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances 1961 -1st performance of Beach Boys 1961 -Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name 1961 -Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon 1961 -Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game 1961 -Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion 1962 -"Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn 1962 -American Basketball League announces suspension of operation 1962 -Dutch leave New Guinea 1962 -Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo 1962 -Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cin for 10 yrs 1963 -Chicago Bears win NFL championship 1963 -Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years) 1963 -Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time 1964 -Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph) 1964 -Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN 1966 -Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks 1966 -Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting 1966 -Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92 1966 -Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks 1967 -"Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 perfs 1967 -1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118 1967 -Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game 1967 -Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F) 1968 -1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144) 1968 -1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144 1968 -NY Jets win AFL championship 1969 -Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi 1970 -Congress authorizes Eisenhower dollar coin 1970 -Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to disolve Beatles 1970 -President Allende nationalizes Chilean coal mines 1970 -Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out 1971 -KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting 1971 -Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA 1972 -39th Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma 14 beats Penn State 0 1972 -Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987 1972 -Miami Dolphins beat Pitts Steelers 21-7 in AFC championship game 1972 -Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3 in NFC championship game 1973 -40th Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24 beats Alabama 23 1973 -61st Australian Mens Tennis: John Newcombe beats O Parun (63 67 75 61) 1973 -Johan Cruyff chosen European soccer Player of year 1974 -41st Sugar Bowl: Nebraska 13 beats Florida 10 1974 -Free agent pitcher Catfish Hunter signs $3M 5 year NY Yank contract 1974 -Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin 1974 -Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac 1974 -NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter to 5 yrs for record $3.75 million 1974 -Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer 1975 -42nd Sugar Bowl: Alabama 13 beats Penn State 6 1976 -TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run 1976 -The Cars played their 1st gig 1977 -"Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 perfs 1977 -"Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances 1977 -Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait 1977 -Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam 1977 -Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa 1977 -Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado 1977 -WFAT (Bkln NY pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM 1978 -"Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances 1978 -"Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances 1978 -CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy 1978 -Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier 1978 -Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US 1979 -Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts 1980 -A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18 1980 -NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks 1980 -Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns 1981 -CNN Headline News debuts 1981 -Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution 1981 -Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000 1982 -CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years 1982 -NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features 1982 -TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run 1983 -Brunei gains complete independence from Britain 1983 -Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium 1983 -Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup 1984 -Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash 1984 -NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH 1984 -Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira 1984 -Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta 1984 -US leaves UNESCO 1986 -Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97 1986 -Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound 1986 -WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG) 1989 -"Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances 1989 -"Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 perfs 1989 -Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi 1989 -Fog Bowl: Heavy fog rolls in on Bears 20-12 victory over Eagles 1989 -Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year 1990 -Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds 1990 -Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
1990 -United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace 1991 -CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existance 1991 -Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner 1991 -Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83 1991 -J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner 1991 -USSR, last day of existence 1992 -Target date for Europe's single market 1992 -WCBS TV news anchor Carol Martin weds Joe Terry 1993 -Barbra Striesand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years 1993 -Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33) 1994 -1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland 1994 -Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands (AABN) disbands 1994 -This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively. 1995 -"Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC 1995 -"Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances 1995 -"Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances 1995 -"Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances 1995 -"Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 perfs 1995 -"Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances 1995 -62nd Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech beats Texas 1995 -Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip 1995 -Matthew Elliott scores separate cricket century same day for Victoria 1997 -Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268 1997 -Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills 1997 -Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service 1997 -More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809 1997 -Orlando Hernandez, half-brother of pitcher Livan, defects from Cuba 1997 -S Afr & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head 1998 -US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year 1998 -Exchange rates between the euro and legacy currencies in the Eurozone become fixed. 1999 -Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama 1999 -Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President. 2004 -The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet). 2007 -Bocaue Fire. Seven people injured when a fire razed several fireworks stores in the Municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines. 2007 -The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.