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 This day in History - December 31
466 Historic Events for December 31
1948

Tony Hamilton, rocker (Aerosmith)

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1948

Joe Dallesandro, Pensicola Fla, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein)

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1948

Donna Summer, Boston, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio)

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1948

Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11, TM-18)

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1949

18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia

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1950

Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1976)

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1950

Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/pres (1918-20, 45-50), dies at 80

Death
1950

Charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83

Death
1950

Robert Bryan Gilder, Corvallis OR, PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open)

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1950

Jockeys W Shoemaker and Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year

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1951

Maxim M Litvinov, [Meyer H Wallach], Russian diplomat, dies at 75

Death
1951

Philipp A Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher/physicist, dies at 76

Death
1951

Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)

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1951

Michael Allen Bantom, Phila, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)

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1951

Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC and Sunshine Band-Give It)

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1951

1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced

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1953

Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64

Death
1953

Jane Badler, Brooklyn NY, actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V)

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1953

James Remar, Boston, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club)

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1953

Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year

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1953

WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (NBC) begins

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1953

Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president

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1954

Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75

Death
1955

"Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances

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1956

Martin Joseph Fettman, Bkln NY, PhD/astronaut (STS 58)

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