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Calendar for December 31st, 2012


In Scotland, December 31 is known as Hogmanay, the word children use to ask for their traditional present of an oatmeal cake (which is why this is also called Cake Day). The first person to cross the threshold into one's home, called the first footer, is an indication of the year to come. Although the tradition varies, if the first footer is tall and dark, the year will be a good one.

Every Year

  • Make Up Your Mind Day

  • St. Sylvester

  • 1690s

  • 1695: A window tax was imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax

  • 1790s

  • 1796: Baltimore, Maryland was incorporated

  • 1850s

  • 1857: Ottawa selected by Queen Victoria as capital of Province of Canada

  • 1860s

  • Born 1869: Henri Matisse (artist)

  • 1870s

  • 1879: The cornerstone for the Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii, was laid

  • 1900s

  • Born 1905: Jule Styne (composer)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Odetta (American folk singer)

  • 1935: C. B. Darrow received a patent for his Monopoly game

  • Born 1937: Anthony Hopkins (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1943: John Denver (singer)

  • Born 1943: Ben Kingsley (actor)

  • 1947: Entertainer Roy Rogers and actress Dale Evans were married

  • Born 1948: Donna Summer (singer)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1959: Val Kilmer (actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1965: Nicholas Sparks (author)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1985: Rick Nelson (singer)

  • 1990s

  • 1995: The last new Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip was published

  • Born 1995: Gabby Douglas (gymnast, Olympic gold medalist)

  • 2000s

  • 2005: An extra second, or leap second, was added to clocks worldwide

  • 2010s

  • Died 2014: Edward Herrmann (actor)

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