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 This day in History - December 31
466 Historic Events for December 31
1986

Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97

Event
1986

Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound

Event
1987

[Gordon] Randall [P D] Garrett, author (Lord Darcy), dies at 60

Death
1989

Fog Bowl: Heavy fog rolls in on Bears 20-12 victory over Eagles

Event
1989

Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi

Event
1989

"Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 perfs

Event
1989

"Me and My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances

Event
1989

Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year

Event
1990

Iraq begins a military draft of 17 year olds

Event
1990

Dalton Cathey, dies of AIDS at 44

Death
1990

George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies

Death
1990

Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

Event
1990

Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62

Death
1990

United Somali Congress seizes Presidential Palace

Event
1991

Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.83

Event
1991

USSR, last day of existence

Event
1991

J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner

Event
1991

CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existance

Event
1991

Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner

Event
1992

WCBS TV news anchor Carol Martin weds Joe Terry

Event
1992

Target date for Europe's single market

Event
1993

Loveboat actress Jill Whelan (27) weds Brad St John (33)

Event
1993

Zviad Gamsachurdia, pres of Georgia SSR (1991-1993), suicide at 54

Death
1993

Thomas J Watson Jr, president of IBM (1956-71)/diplomat, dies at 79

Death
1993

Lambert Fokkema, founder Dutch Export Combination, dies at 80

Death