December 31 in History
1600December 31, 1600:
A royal charter in England incorporates the East India Company, a company formed to exploit trade with India, East Asia and Southeast Asia.
1775December 31, 1775:
The British defeat American troops in the Battle of Quebec.
1857December 31, 1857:
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom names Ottawa as the capital city of Canada.
1879December 31, 1879:
“Pirates of Penzance”, a comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert, is premiered at New York City’s Fifth Avenue Theatre.
1904December 31, 1904:
New Year’s Eve celebration debuts in Time Square, New York City.
1972December 31, 1972:
American baseball player Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash while on his way to Nicaragua with relief items for earthquake survivors.
1991December 31, 1991:
The Soviet Union goes out of existence following the member unions’ decision to be independent countries earlier in the month.
1999December 31, 1999:
The control of the Panama Canal is officially handed to Panama by the United States.
2004December 31, 2004:
The Taipei 101 opens in Taipei, Taiwan as the world’s tallest building, standing at 508 meters.