1491 – Jacques Cartier the French explorer was born on the 31st December 1491 (died 1557).
1695 – Window tax was imposed in England on the 31st December 1695, causing many householders to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
1790 – Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper was published for the first time on the 31st December 1790.
1869 – Henri Matisse the French painter was born on the 31st December 1869 (died 1954).
1909 – Manhattan Bridge opened on the 31st December 1909.
1943 – Ben Kingsley the English actor was born on the 31st December 1943.
1955 – The General Motors Corporation became the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year on the 31st December 1955.
1959 – Val Kilmer the American actor was born on the 31st December 1959.
1961 – RTÉ, Ireland’s state broadcaster launched its first national television service on the 31st December 1961.
1962 – Heather McCartney the American-English potter was born on the 31st December 1962.
1967 – The Youth International Party known as the “Yippies” was founded on the 31st December 1967.
1977 – Psy the South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and dancer was born on the 31st December 1977.
1979 ~ Elaine Cassidy the Irish award-winning Irish actress was born in Kilcoole, Ireland on the 31st December in 1979. Elaine Cassidy is best known for her roles as Abby Mills in Harper’s Island, Felicia in Felicia’s Journey, Runt in Disco Pigs, Lydia in The Others, and Katherine Glendenning in The Paradise.
1994 – The 31st December in 1994 was skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands changed time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC-10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively on the 31st December 1994.
2013 ~ The Associated Press was at the heart of New York City’s largest annual celebration, presenting a video recap of 2013’s key moments at New Year’s Eve in Times Square on the 31st December 2013 ~ AP wishes you a Happy New Year!…