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Daily Calendar for Thursday, December 31, 2020

Born

  • Jacques Cartier (explorer) –
  • Henri Matisse (artist) –
  • Jule Styne (composer) –
  • Odetta (American folk singer) –
  • Anthony Hopkins (actor) –
  • Ben Kingsley (actor) –
  • John Denver (singer) –
  • Donna Summer (singer) –
  • Val Kilmer (actor) –
  • Nicholas Sparks (author) –
  • Gabby Douglas (gymnast, Olympic gold medalist) –

Died

  • Rick Nelson (singer) –
  • Edward Herrmann (actor) –
  • Natalie Cole (singer) –

Events

  • A window tax was imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax–
  • Baltimore, Maryland was incorporated–
  • Ottawa selected by Queen Victoria as capital of Province of Canada–
  • The cornerstone for the Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii, was laid–
  • Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians first played Auld Lang Syne” at midnight”–
  • C. B. Darrow received a patent for his Monopoly game–
  • Entertainer Roy Rogers and actress Dale Evans were married–
  • Helium-filled sun shade patented–
  • The last new Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip was published–
  • An extra second, or leap second, was added to clocks worldwide–

Weather

  • Los Angeles received 7.36 inches of rain in 24 hours, causing flooding–
  • For the month of December, Kansas City, Missouri, received a total snowfall of 16.6 inches.–
  • New Year’s Eve snowstorm hit the deep South: Meridian, Mississippi, received 15 inches of snow–
  • Concord, New Hampshire, set a new December snowfall record with 44.5 inches for the month–

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