On Your Birthday: December 31



1841 – The State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the U.S.

1862 – President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.

1877 – President Rutherford B. Hayes became the first U.S. President to celebrate his silver (25th) wedding anniversary in the White House.

1879 – In Menlo Park, NJ, Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting.

1891 – New York’s new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals.

1907 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in Times Square (then called Longacre Square) in New York, NY.

1929 – Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played “Auld Lang Syne” as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time.

1940 – As a result of a dispute between the radio networks and the American Society of Composers and Publishers [ASCAP], the radio industry begins a ten month ban on playing ASCAP licensed music.

1946 – President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

1953 – Jockey Willie Shoemaker breaks his own record, winning his 485th race of the year.

1955 – General Motors becomes the first corporation in the United States to earn more than a billion dollars in a single year.

1967 – Daredevil Evel Knievel loses control of his motorcycle during a jump of 141 feet over the fountains in front of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV. In the crash, he suffers a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles and a concussion. He spent nearly a month in a coma.

1967 – The Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The game, played at a wind chill factor of minus 40 degrees, is dubbed “The Ice Bowl.”

1974 – Private citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.

1975 – Elvis Presley performed for 60,000 fans at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, MI. He set a world record for earning $800,000 for a single concert by a single artist.

1979 – At year end oil prices were 88% higher than at the start of 1979.

1981 – MTV hosted the first New Year’s Eve Rock and Roll Ball.

1983 – The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.

1984 – Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard loses his left arm when his car overturns near Sheffield, England.

1985 – Ricky Nelson and six others died in an airplane crash near DeKalb, TX. A fire had broken out on the plane.

2009 – Both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occurred.

2010 – Tornadoes touched down in midwestern and southern states in the U.S., including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma. A total of 36 tornadoes touched down, resulting in 9 deaths and $113 million in damages.

2011 – NASA succeeded in putting the first of two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory satellites in orbit around the moon.

2012 – ABC airs Dick Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” for the first time since Dick Clark’s death. Ryan Seacrest, who joined as co-host in 2005, takes over the annual show.



Sir Anthony Hopkins 1937 – Actor (“The Silence of the Lambs”, “The Remains of the Day”, “Nixon”, “Amistad”)

Tim Considine 1940 – Actor (Played “Spin” in the 1950’s Disney movie and TV series “Spin and Marty”, “My Three Sons”)

Sarah Miles 1941 – Actress (“The Servant”, “Blowup”, “Ryan’s Daughter”, “Hope and Glory”)

Andy Summers 1942 – Musician (The Police)

Sir Ben Kingsley 1943 – Actor (“Gandhi”, “House of Sand and Fog”, “Bugsy”, “Sexy Beast”)

Barbara Carrera 1945 – Actress (TV’s “Dallas”)

Tim Matheson 1947 – Actor (“Animal House”, TV’s “The West Wing”)

Burton Cummings 1947 – Musician (The Guess Who)

Joe Dallesandro 1948 – Actor (“The Cotton Club”)

Tom Hamilton 1951 – Musician (Aerosmith)

James Remar 1953 – Actor (“Sex and the City”, “The Warriors”, “48 Hrs”, “The Cotton Club”, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”, “Dexter”)

Bebe Neuwirth 1958 – Actress (TV’s “Frasier”, “Cheers”, movies “Jumanji”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, “The Summer of Sam”)

Val Kilmer 1959 – Actor (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, “Alexander”, “The Saint”, “Heat”, “Batman Forever”, “Tombstone”, “The Doors”, “Willow”, “Top Gun”, “Real Genius”, “Top Secret”)

Paul Westerberg 1959 – Musician (The Replacements)

Scott Ian 1963 – Musician (Anthrax)

Joe McIntyre 1972 – Singer (New Kids on the Block)

Donald Trump, Jr. 1977 – TV personality (TV’s The Apprentice”, “The Celebrity Apprentice”)



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