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Dec
31
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1999
Panama Canal turned over to Panama
On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the... read more »
HISTORY & CULTURE
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Here's a look back at some of the legendary musicians, writers, actors, politicians, and self-made entrepreneurs who died this year who forever changed the world through their visionary art and inspirational endeavors. read more »
American Revolution
1775
Patriots are defeated at Quebec »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1937
Anthony Hopkins born »
1972
Pete Hamill quits drinking »
1985
Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash »
Civil War
1862
Battle of Parker's Crossroads »
Cold War
1978
United States ends official relations with Nationalist China »
Crime
1984
Subway vigilante turns himself in »
Disaster
1972
Baseball star dies in plane crash »
General Interest
1600
Charter granted to the East India Company »
1775
Patriots defeated at Quebec »
1879
Edison demonstrates incandescent light »
1968
Soviets test supersonic airliner »
Inventions & Science
1927
Henry Ford publishes the last issue of the Dearborn Independent »
Presidential
1961
Kennedy and Khrushchev exchange holiday greetings »
Sports
1972
Plane carrying Roberto Clemente crashes »
Vietnam War
1968
Bloodiest year of the war ends »
1971
U.S. annual casualty figures down »
1972
U.S. and communist negotiators prepare to return to the Paris talks »
Westward Expansion
1943
John Denver born in New Mexico »
World War I
1880
American general and diplomat George C. Marshall is born »
World War II
1944
Hungary declares war on Germany »

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