Historical Events on December 31, Special Events on This Day

Important Events From This day in History December 31st. Find Out What happened 31st December This Day in History on your birthday. Also you can find some answers for the following questions;
Which major historical events happened on December 31?
What happened on December 31st in history?
What special day is December 31?
What happened in history on December 31st?

What Happened on December 31st This Day in History

Year Name
2020 The World Health Organization issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine.[17]
2019 The World Health Organization is informed of cases of pneumonia with an unknown cause, detected in Wuhan.[15] This later turned out to be COVID-19, the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2018 Thirty-nine people are killed after a ten-story building collapses in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, Russia.
2015 A fire breaks out at the Downtown Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates, located near the Burj Khalifa, two hours before the fireworks display is due to commence. Sixteen injuries were reported; one had a heart attack, another suffered a major injury, and fourteen others with minor injuries.
2014 A New Year's Eve celebration stampede in Shanghai kills at least 36 people and injures 49 others.
2011 NASA succeeds in putting the first of two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory satellites in orbit around the Moon.
2010 Tornadoes touch down in midwestern and southern United States, including Washington County, Arkansas; Greater St. Louis, Sunset Hills, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma, with a few tornadoes in the early hours. A total of 36 tornadoes touched down, resulting in the deaths of nine people and $113 million in damages.
2009 Both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occur.
2004 The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).
2000 The last day of the 20th Century and 2nd Millennium.
1999 The first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, resigns from office, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President and successor.
1999 The U.S. government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama. This act complied with the signing of the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties.
1999 Indian Airlines Flight 814 hijacking ends after seven days with the release of 190 survivors at Kandahar Airport, Afghanistan.
1998 The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.
1994 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC−10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively.
1994 The First Chechen War: The Russian Ground Forces begin a New Year's storming of Grozny.
1992 Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
1991 All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date, five days after the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
1983 The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
1983 Benjamin Ward is appointed New York City Police Department's first ever African American police commissioner.
1983 In Nigeria, a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Second Nigerian Republic.
1981 A coup d'état in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann's PNP government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
1968 The first flight of the Tupolev Tu-144, the first civilian supersonic transport in the world.
1968 MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750 crashes near Port Hedland, Western Australia, killing all 26 people on board.
1965 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, leader of the Central African Republic army, and his military officers begin a coup d'état against the government of President David Dacko.
1963 The Central African Federation officially collapses, subsequently becoming Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
1961 RTÉ, Ireland's state broadcaster, launches its first national television service.
1956 The Romanian Television network begins its first broadcast in Bucharest.
1955 General Motors becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
1951 Cold War: The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Western Europe.
1946 President Harry S. Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.
1944 World War II: Operation Nordwind, the last major Wehrmacht offensive on the Western Front, begins.
1942 USS Essex, first aircraft carrier of a 24-ship class, is commissioned.
1942 World War II: The Royal Navy defeats the Kriegsmarine at the Battle of the Barents Sea. This leads to the resignation of Grand Admiral Erich Raeder a month later
1906 Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar signs the Persian Constitution of 1906.
1879 Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
1878 Karl Benz, working in Mannheim, Germany, files for a patent on his first reliable two-stroke gas engine. He was granted the patent in 1879.
1862 American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
1862 American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
1857 Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, then a small logging town, as the capital of the Province of Canada.
1853 A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an iguanodon created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London, England.
1831 Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
1796 The incorporation of Baltimore as a city.
1790 Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today, is published for the first time.
1775 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Quebec: British forces repulse an attack by Continental Army General Richard Montgomery.
1759 Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000-year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.
1757 Empress Elizabeth I of Russia issues her ukase incorporating Königsberg into Russia.
1687 The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.
1670 The expedition of John Narborough leaves Corral Bay, having surveyed the coast and lost four hostages to the Spanish.
1660 James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.
1600 The British East India Company is chartered.
1501 The First Battle of Cannanore commences, seeing the first use of the naval line of battle.
1229 James I the Conqueror, King of Aragon, enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain), thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.
1225 The Lý dynasty of Vietnam ends after 216 years by the enthronement of the boy emperor Trần Thái Tông, husband of the last Lý monarch, Lý Chiêu Hoàng, starting the Trần dynasty.
1105 Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV is forced to abdicate in favor of his son, Henry V, in Ingelheim.
870 Battle of Englefield: The Vikings clash with ealdorman Æthelwulf of Berkshire. The invaders are driven back to Reading (East Anglia); many Danes are killed.
535 Byzantine general Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Gothic garrison of Palermo (Panormos), and ending his consulship for the year.
406 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.
Famous People Born on December 31

Here is a random list who born on December 31. For full list please click on the link above.

Year Name
1964 Winston Benjamin, Antiguan cricketer
1928 Tatyana Shmyga, Russian actress and singer (d. 2011)
1885 Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1970)
1922 Luis Zuloaga, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2013)
1905 Jule Styne, English-American composer (d. 1994)
1991 ND Stevenson, American cartoonist
1968 Junot Diaz, Dominican-born American novelist, short story writer, and essayist
1948 Joe Dallesandro, American actor
1972 Joey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter and actor
1937 Barry Hughes, Welsh footballer and manager (d. 2019)
Famous People Deaths On December 31

Here is a list of some famous peope who died on December 31. For full list please click on the link above.

Date Name
1891 Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Nigerian bishop and linguist (b. 1809)
2010 Raymond Impanis, Belgian cyclist (b. 1925)
1655 Janusz Radziwiłł, Polish–Lithuanian politician (b. 1612)
192 Commodus, Roman emperor (b. 161)
1575 Pierino Belli, Italian commander and jurist (b. 1502)
1818 Jean-Pierre Duport, French cellist (b. 1741)
1872 Aleksis Kivi, Finnish author and playwright (b. 1834)
2009 Cahal Daly, Irish cardinal and philosopher (b. 1917)
1921 Boies Penrose, American lawyer and politician (b. 1860)
1799 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and author (b. 1723)