Today in History, December 31st

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 31st!

1852 The richest year of the gold rush ends with $81.3 million in gold produced.
1857 Britain’s Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1862 Union General William Rosecrans’ army repels two Confederate attacks at the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone’s River).
1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
1910 John B. Moisant and Arch Hoxsey, two of America’s foremost aviators, die in separate plane crashes.
1911 Helene Dutrieu wins the Femina aviation cup in Etampes. She sets a distance record for women at 158 miles.

Helene Dutrieu

Helene Dutrieu

1915 The Germans torpedo the British liner Persia without any warning killing 335 passengers.
1923 The Sahara is crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1930 Brewery heir Adolphus Busch is kidnapped.
1941 General MacArthur reports that U.S. lines in Manila have been pushed back by the Japanese.
1942 After five months of battle, Emperor Hirohito allows the Japanese commanders at Guadalcanal to retreat.
1944 Hungary declares war on Germany.
1951 The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.
1965 California becomes the largest state in population.
1974 Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.
1977 Cambodia breaks relations with Vietnam.
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.
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. (She isn’t singing here, but here she is in 1993. )
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.
2006 The death toll for Americans killed in the Iraq war reached 3,000.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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