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 This day in History - December 31
466 Historic Events for December 31
1882

L‚on Michel Gambetta, French attorney/premier (1881-82), dies at 44

Death
1882

Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)

Birth
1882

David Cohen, Dutch historian/chairman (Jewish Council)

Birth
1889

Ion Creanga, Romanian (fairy tales) author, dies at 52

Death
1890

Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot

Event
1892

Jason Robards Sr, Hillsdale Mich, actor (Acapulco)

Birth
1893

Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist/author (Flemish Resurrection)

Birth
1893

J M Blankenberg, cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa)

Birth
1893

Jacob G de Scheffer, Dutch vicar/theologist, dies at 74

Death
1894

Ernest John Moeran, British composer

Birth
1894

Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish/US actress (Madame Dubarry)

Birth
1894

Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes-integral), dies at 38

Death
1896

Ronald Adam, Herefordshire England, actor (Phantom Shot)

Birth
1896

Leland Hone, cricketer (scored 7 and 6 in only England Test 1879), dies

Death
1896

25th auto built in US

Event
1897

Rhys Williams, Wales, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart)

Birth
1897

Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898)

Event
1899

Karl Mill”cker, Austrian conductor/composer (Try-out Kiss), dies at 57

Death
1899

Gaston Glass, Paris France, film executive

Birth
1899

Silvestre Revueltas, Santiago Papasquiaro M‚xico, composer (Sensemaya)

Birth
1902

Boers and British army sign peace treaty

Event
1904

Chuck Gardiner, UK, NHL goalie (Vezina winner)

Birth
1904

Nathan Milstein, Odessa Russia, concert violinist (Phila Orch 1942)

Birth
1905

Tadeusz Breza, writer

Birth
1905

Guy Mollet, French socialist premier (1956-57)

Birth