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Callistus III was born.
1600 The English East India
Company was chartered
by Queen Elizabeth, under the title of "The
Governor and Company of Merchants of London,
trading into the East Indies."
British General Charles Cornwallis was born.
U.S. General Richard Montgomery died.
Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, was born.
Gramercy Park was deeded to New York City.
USS Monitor sank in a
Henri Matisse was born.
Businesswoman Elizabeth Arden was born.
1880 George Catlett Marshall, U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary
of Defense, was born.
Ellis Island opened as a U.S. immigration
1892 Actor Jason
Robards was born.
1904 The first
New Year's Eve celebration was held in Times
Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New
York, New York.
1905 Frank Marshall Davis, journalist and poet, was born.
Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France, was born.
For the first time, a ball dropped at
Times Square to signal the new year.
hunter" Simon Wiesenthal was born.
Darrow patented the Monopoly game.
1943 Singer John
Denver was born.
1943 Actor Ben Kingsley was
designer Diane von Furstenberg was born.
Donna Summer was born.
George Thorogood was born.
1950 Austrian President Karl
Bebe Neuwirth was born.
1959 Actor Val
Kilmer was born.
became part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
1962 "Match Game" debuted on
The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
was formally dissolved.
1968 The first
supersonic airliner, a Russian TU-144, was test
player Roberto Clemente died.
Headline News debuted.
Ricky Nelson died.
1990 The Sci-Fi
Senator Alan Cranston died.
Bill Watterson ended his "Calvin &
Hobbes" comic strip.
Floyd Cramer died.
The United States formally transferred
sovereignty over the Panama Canal to Panama.
1999 U.S. government official
Elliot Richardson died.
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