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December 31st Today's Highlights in History

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Thursday, December 31st
The 365th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 31, 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 31, 1869, Henri Matisse, one of the foremost painters of 20th century French art, was born. Following his death on Nov. 3, 1954, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 31, 1864, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about President Abraham Lincoln's plan for Reconstruction of the Union. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1775    The British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.

1857    Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.

1862    President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.

1879    Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.

1961    The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.

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, D.C., marking the end of diplomatic relations with the United States.

1985    Rock 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 Dallas.

1986    A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, killed 97 and injured 140 people.

1993    Entertainer Barbra Streisand performed her first paid concert in 22 years, singing to a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

1997    Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.

2004    Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych resigned, acknowledging that he had little hope of reversing the presidential election victory of his Western-leaning rival, Viktor Yushchenko.

2006    The death toll for Americans killed in the Iraq war reached 3,000.

Current Birthdays

Ben Kingsley turns 66 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini Actor Ben Kingsley turns 66 years old today.

80    George Schlatter
TV producer ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In")

72    Anthony Hopkins

69    Tim Considine
Actor ("My Three Sons")

68    Sarah Miles

67    Andy Summers
Rock musician (The Police)

66    Peter Quaife
Rock musician (The Kinks)

65    Taylor Hackford
Director, producer

63    Diane Von Furstenberg
Fashion designer

62    Burton Cummings
Rock musician (The Guess Who)

62    Tim Matheson
Actor ("Animal House," "The West Wing")

61    Joe Dallesandro

61    Donna Summer

58    Tom Hamilton
Rock musician (Aerosmith)

56    James Remar

51    Bebe Neuwirth
Actress ("Cheers")

50    Val Kilmer

50    Paul Westerberg
Rock singer (The Replacements)

47    Don Diamont
Actor ("The Young and the Restless")

47    Ric Ivanisevich
Rock musician (Oleander)

46    Scott Ian
Rock musician (Anthrax)

44    Gong Li

44    Nicholas Sparks

37    Joe McIntyre
Singer (New Kids on the Block)

34    Mikko Siren
Rock musician (Apocalyptica)

30    Bob Bryar
Rock musician (My Chemical Romance)

Historic Birthdays

Henri Matisse

12/31/1869 - 11/3/1954
French painter
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88    Jules Styne
12/31/1905 - 9/20/1994
American songwriter

88    Nathan Milstein
12/31/1903 - 12/21/1992
Russian-born American violinist

87    Elizabeth Arden
12/31/1878 - 10/18/1966
Canadian-born American cosmetic executive

78    Ben Jones
12/31/1882 - 6/13/1961
American racehorse trainer

78    George C. Marshall
12/31/1880 - 10/16/1959
U.S. Army general

86    Robert Aitken
12/31/1864 - 10/29/1951
American astronomer

66    Charles Cornwallis
12/31/1738 - 10/5/1805
English soldier and statesman

65    Jacques Cartier
12/31/1491 - 9/1/1557
French explorer

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