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 This day in History - December 31
466 Historic Events for December 31
1905

Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)

Birth
1906

French/British/Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia

Event
1906

Erna Bogen, Hungary, foils (Olympic-bronze-1932)

Birth
1907

Jules de Trooz, Belgium PM, dies at 63

Death
1907

For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year

Event
1907

G Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera

Event
1908

Simon Wiesenthal, Polish/Austrian nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center)

Birth
1908

Marko Rothmuller, composer

Birth
1910

Roy Rowland, film director

Birth
1910

US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910

Event
1910

Dick Kollmar, Rigewood NJ, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What)

Birth
1911

Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

Event
1914

Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show)

Birth
1914

Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000

Event
1916

Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76

Death
1916

Suzy Delair, Paris France, actress (Utopia, White Paws)

Birth
1917

Dutch Social-democratic trade union NVV counts 159,450 members

Event
1918

Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager

Event
1920

Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG

Event
1920

Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 43

Death
1921

Last San Francisco firehorses retired

Event
1921

Rocky Graziano, NYC, boxer (MW champ)/actor (Miami Undercover)[or 6/7]

Birth
1921

J¢zsef Kiss, Hungarian literary (A h‚t), dies at 78

Death
1922

Joan McCracken, Phila Pa, actress (Claudie Story of a Marriage)

Birth
1922

Rex Allen, Wilcox Az, cowboy singer (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor)

Birth