Happy New Year’s Eve – we hope you’ve had an amazing year! December 31st is officially No Interruptions Day and Make Up Your Mind Day.
We’ve made it to the very last day of the year, that’s a reason to celebrate!
You probably already guessed this, but today has been a very important day in history, it’s the end of a year, but also the start of something new! Here you’ll find some interesting facts and events that all happened on New Year’s Eve throughout history.
Did you know that on this day in 1977, Ted Bundy escaped from jail? He broke through the ceiling of the chief jailer’s apartment and, wearing clothes he found there, walked out the front door.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 31st in history!
What Events Happened On December 31 In History?
2017 The Washington Post called the Lorde a bigot in an ad after she canceled her show in Israel.
2009 A blue moon and a lunar eclipse occurred on the same day.
The fact that both happened on New Year's Eve made the event even more special. While we use the expression "once in a blue moon" to refer to something rare, a blue moon is just the second full moon within a calendar month. Unfortunately for spectators, the lunar eclipse was only partial; otherwise, it would have been an incredible sight!
1999 Boris Yeltsin resigned as the President of Russia, which left Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting President.
1993 Barbra Streisand performed her first live public concert in 20 years.
1988 The Fog Bowl, a heavy, dense fog rolled over Soldier Field in Chicago during the second quarter of the Bears vs. Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game.
It cut the visibility to 15-20 yards.
1977 Ted Bundy escaped from jail.
While imprisoned in Colorado, Ted Bundy used the fact that employees were in Christmas break to his advantage. When he broke out, many employees were away, including the chief jailer.
1970 Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit to break up The Beatles.
1967 Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Caesar’s Palace Fountain.
Jumping the Vegas' Caesars Palace Fountain was Knievel's longest attempted motorcycle jump at 141 feet. He failed the jump and broke several bones – his pelvis, femur, hip fractures, wrist, and both ankles. On top of that, he suffered a concussion.
1946 US President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of World War II.
1907 The New Year’s Eve Ball was lowered in New York Times Square for the very first time.
1895 American inventor Ogden Bolton Jr. patented the first electric-powered bicycle.
1857 Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the new capital of Canada.
1600 The British East India Trading Company was given a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I.
The company's name to which the charter was awarded was the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies. The initial charter essentially gave the company a monopoly on all trade west of the Americas and east of Africa.
192 AD Roman Emperor Commodus survived an assassination attempt.
Conspirators talked the Emperor's mistress into poisoning Commodus, but he vomited up the poison. The collaborators sent Commodus' wrestling partner to strangle him in the bath – a plot which succeeded.
Famous Quotes Said On December 31
What is your favorite quote from December 31st? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day in history.
“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
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