This day in history - December 31

This day in history - December 31.

 

What happened on this day in history? Important events on this day in history, December 31, had a major impact on the history of the world. Pivotal occurrences that happened on December 31 surrounded events relating to the Battle of Englefield, Founding of the British East India Company, Signing of a 9,000 year lease by Arthur Guiness, Banquet in an Iguanadon Mould, First Successful Run of Karl Benz's Two Stroke Engine, First Public Demonstration of Edison's Incandescent Light Bulb, First Celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square, Proclamation of the Cessation of Hostilities of World War II, Breaking of Both Land and Water Speed Records by Donald Campbell and Break up of AT&T Bell System. Many famous people were associated with these momentous events including Ęthelwulf, John Watts, George White, Elizabeth I, Arthur Guiness, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, Karl Benz, Thomas Edison, Henry Villard, Adolph Ochs, Harry S. Truman, Donald Campbell and Vincent Pasquale Biunno.

Battle of Englefield - December 31, 870: On this day in history, December 31, 870, important events took place today in Berkshire, England, surrounding the Battle of Englefield. During their invasion of Wessex, the Danes camped at Reading. On December 31, 870, they sent a party to Englefield where they were met by Ęthelwulf and his forces who, having killed many of the Danes, drove them back to Reading . The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 870 were Ęthelwulf. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Battle of Englefield *** Date: December 31, 870 *** Place: Berkshire, England *** Category: Battle *** Historical Period: 9th Century *** This day in history ***

Founding of the British East India Company - December 31, 1600: On this day in history, December 31, 1600, significant events took place today in London, England, respecting the Founding of the British East India Company. The East India Company was founded by John Watts and George White on December 31, 1600. It was given a Royal Charter as the 'Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies' by Queen Elizabeth I . The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1600 were John Watts, George White, Elizabeth I. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Founding of the British East India Company *** Date: December 31, 1600 *** Place: London, England *** Category: Industry *** Historical Period: 17th Century *** This day in history ***

Signing of a 9,000 year lease by Arthur Guiness - December 31, 1759: On this day in history, December 31, 1759, significant events took place today in Dublin, Ireland, respecting the Signing of a 9,000 year lease by Arthur Guiness. Irish brewer Arthur Guiness began brewing in 1759. On December 31, 1759, he signed a 9,000 year lease for the brewery in Dublin, Ireland, that he used to produce the dark ale 'Guiness'. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1759 were Arthur Guiness. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Signing of a 9,000 year lease by Arthur Guiness *** Date: December 31, 1759 *** Place: Dublin, Ireland *** Category: Industry *** Historical Period: 18th Century *** This day in history ***

Banquet in an Iguanadon Mould - December 31, 1853: On this day in history, December 31, 1853, significant events took place today in London, England, respecting the Banquet in an Iguanadon Mould. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins was commissioned to make lifesize models of extinct animals for exhibiting in the newly renovated Crystal Palace park. On December 31, 1853, Hawkins held a banquet inside the mould of one of the Igunadon models he had produced for the park. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1853 were Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Banquet in an Iguanadon Mould *** Date: December 31, 1853 *** Place: London, England *** Category: General Interest *** Historical Period: 19th Century *** This day in history ***

First Successful Run of Karl Benz's Two Stroke Engine - December 31, 1878: On this day in history, December 31, 1878, significant events took place today in Mannheim, Germany, respecting the First Successful Run of Karl Benz's Two Stroke Engine. In an effort to find new sources of income, Karl Benz began work on a reliable two stroke engine in his workshop in Mannheim. On December 31, 1878, his engine ran reliably for the first time. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1878 were Karl Benz. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: First Successful Run of Karl Benz's Two Stroke Engine *** Date: December 31, 1878 *** Place: Mannheim, Germany *** Category: Inventions *** Historical Period: 19th Century *** This day in history ***

First Public Demonstration of Edison's Incandescent Light Bulb - December 31, 1879: On this day in history, December 31, 1879, significant events took place today in New Jersey, USA, respecting the First Public Demonstration of Edison's Incandescent Light Bulb. Thomas Edison demonstrated his incandescent light bulb for the first time, publicly, on December 31, 1879. The demonstration, in Menlo Park, New Jersey, was attended by Henry Villard, whose steamship 'Columbia' became the first commercial user of the bulb. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1879 were Thomas Edison, Henry Villard. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: First Public Demonstration of Edison's Incandescent Light Bulb *** Date: December 31, 1879 *** Place: New Jersey, USA *** Category: Inventions *** Historical Period: 19th Century *** This day in history ***

First Celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square - December 31, 1904: On this day in history, December 31, 1904, significant events took place today in New York, USA, respecting the First Celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square. Owner of the New York Times, Adolph Ochs, successfully lobbied New York to rename Longacre Square 'Times Square'. On December 31, 1904, the first New Year's Eve celebrations were staged in Times Square, by Ochs, to celebrate the opening of his new headquarters. The ball drop was introduced in 1907. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1904 were Adolph Ochs. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: First Celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square *** Date: December 31, 1904 *** Place: New York, USA *** Category: General Interest *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

Proclamation of the Cessation of Hostilities of World War II - December 31, 1946: On this day in history, December 31, 1946, important events took place today in Washington D.C.,USA, in respect of the Proclamation of the Cessation of Hostilities of World War II. American President Harry S. Truman signed Presidential Proclamation 2714 on December 31, 1946. The proclamation officially declared the cessation of hostilities of World War II, finally bringing it to an end. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1946 were Harry S. Truman. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Proclamation of the Cessation of Hostilities of World War II *** Date: December 31, 1946 *** Place: Washington D.C.,USA *** Category: Politics *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

Breaking of Both Land and Water Speed Records by Donald Campbell - December 31, 1964: On this day in history, December 31, 1964, significant events took place today in Perth, Australia, respecting the Breaking of Both Land and Water Speed Records by Donald Campbell. British speed record breaker Donald Campbell became the first, and only, person to break both the land and water speed records in the same year, when he reached an average speed of 276.33mph on Lake Dumbleyung, Perth, on December 31, 1964. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1964 were Donald Campbell. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Breaking of Both Land and Water Speed Records by Donald Campbell *** Date: December 31, 1964 *** Place: Perth, Australia *** Category: Sport *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

Break up of AT&T Bell System - December 31, 1983: On this day in history, December 31, 1983, momentous events took place today in Texas, USA, with regard to the Break up of AT&T Bell System. AT&T Bell System was broken up into eight separate companies on December 31, 1983. The move, made in response to an 'anti trust' lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice, included a proposal that the anti trust consent decree, administered by Judge Vincent Pasquale Biunno, be withdrawn. The famous people associated with this historical event on this day in history: December 31, 1983 were Vincent Pasquale Biunno. Facts on this day in History December 31: Events on this day in history: Break up of AT&T Bell System *** Date: December 31, 1983 *** Place: Texas, USA *** Category: Industry *** Historical Period: 20th Century *** This day in history ***

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