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This Day in History – December 31

This Day In History
1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors.
1781 – Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens.
1841 – Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons.
1862 – President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sank off Cape Hatteras, NC.
1879 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Pirates of Penzance” premieres in NYC.
1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year.
1910 – US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910.
1914 – Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000.
1930 – US tobacco industry produce 123 billion cigarettes in 1930.
1935 – Charles Darrow patents Monopoly.
1943 – NYC’s Time Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater.
1946 – President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of World War II.
1953 – Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year.
1955 – The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.
1962 – American Basketball League announces suspension of operation.
1970 – Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles.
1974 – NY Yankees sign Jim “Catfish” Hunter for 5 years for a record $3.75 million.
1981 – CNN Headline New debuts.
1993 – Barbara Striesand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years.
1997 – Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service.
2014 – 44th Fiesta Bowl: #20 Boise State beats #10 Arizona, 38-30.
2014 – 81st Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #8 Mississippi State, 49-34.
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