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On This Day: December 31st

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in history
1879

Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of an electric incandescent lamp.

1938
The first breath test for drivers, "drunkometer," was introduced in Indianapolis.
1946
President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
1961
The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.
1963
Central African Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was formally dissolved.
1964
The al-Fatah guerrillas of Yasser Arafat launched their first terrorist raid on Israel.
1987
Robert Mugabe sworn in as Zimbabwe's president.
December 31 BirthdaysHenri Matisse

Pronunciation: [äNrE´ mätEs´]

1869–1954, French Artist.


Anthony Hopkinsactor
Ben Kingsleyactor
Simon Wiesenthalwriter, activist
Connie Williswriter
Gong Liactor
John Denverentertainer
George C. Marshallgeneral and cabinet member
Charles Cornwallisgeneral
Jacques Cartierexplorer
Elizabeth Ardenbeautician, business executive



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