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 This day in History - December 31
466 Historic Events for December 31
1974

NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter to 5 yrs for record $3.75 million

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1975

Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47

Death
1975

42nd Sugar Bowl: Alabama 13 beats Penn State 6

Event
1975

Cole Ford, kicker (Oakland Raiders)

Birth
1976

TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run

Event
1976

The Cars played their 1st gig

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1977

WFAT (Bkln NY pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM

Event
1977

Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

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1977

Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa

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1977

Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam

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1977

Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait

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1977

"Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances

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1977

"Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 perfs

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1977

Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov and JJ), dies at 62

Death
1977

Ildiko Kecan, Miss Hungary Universe (1997)

Birth
1978

"Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances

Event
1978

CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy

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1978

Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier

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1978

Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US

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1978

"Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances

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1979

Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts

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1980

NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks

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1980

A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18

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1980

Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns

Event
1980

Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69

Death