Monday, April 22, 2024 (Week 17)

December 31 in History

What happened on December 31 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 31 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 31 in history.

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1977
Cambodia breaks relations with Vietnam.
1965
California becomes the largest state in population.
1944
Hungary declares war on Germany.
1942
After five months of battle, Emperor Hirohito allows the Japanese commanders at Guadalcanal to retreat.
1941
General MacArthur reports that U.S. lines in Manila have been pushed back by the Japanese.
1930
Brewery heir Adolphus Busch is kidnapped.
1923
The Sahara is crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1915
The Germans torpedo the British liner Persia without any warning killing 335 passengers.
1911
Helene Dutrieu wins the Femina aviation cup in Etampes. She sets a distance record for women at 158 miles.
1910
John B. Moisant and Arch Hoxsey, two of America’s foremost aviators, die in separate plane crashes.
1862
Union General William Rosecrans‘ army repels two Confederate attacks at the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone’s River).
1852
The richest year of the gold rush ends with $81.3 million in gold produced.
1775
George Washington orders recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the army.