Monday, December 31, 2012
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On December 31 in

1759 Arthur Guinness founded his famous brewery at St. James's Gate in Dublin.

1775 During the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.

1879 Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.

1909 The Manhattan Bridge, spanning the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was officially opened to vehicular traffic.

1946 President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

1951 The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.

1969 Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was shot to death with his wife and daughter in their Clarksville, Pa., home by hitmen acting at the orders of UMWA president Tony Boyle.

1972 Major League baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed when a plane he'd chartered and was traveling on to bring relief supplies to earthquake-devastated Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Rico.

1985 Singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year's Eve performance in Dallas.

1986 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty in connection with the blaze.)

1987 Robert Mugabe (moo-GAH'-bay), prime minister of Zimbabwe, was sworn in as the country's first executive president.

1992 President George H.W. Bush visited Somalia, where he saw firsthand the famine racking the east African nation, and praised U.S. troops who were providing relief to the starving population.

In The Star

Dec. 31 1937, in The Star:

A Calhoun County grand jury today returned a capital indictment for one defendant charged with murder in connection with a shooting that occurred at a roadhouse on Pelham Road. Also this date: Anniston Chamber of Commerce President R.R. Cole released statistics related to business, building and industry in the city throughout the year. Cole said 1937 was a year of progress and promise.

Dec. 31 1987, in The Star:

Several Anniston area topless dancers say a new ordinance outlawing their profession will result only in several single mothers being out of work and back on the welfare rolls. The ordinance takes effect on Jan. 4. Also this date: According to an advertisement in the Star, Handy TV Appliance is offering a deal on a three-head VCR with remote for only $249.

Birthdays of Monday, Dec. 31:

TV producer George Schlatter is 83.
Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 75.
Actor Tim Considine ("My Three Sons") is 72.
Actress Sarah Miles is 71.
Rock musician Andy Summers is 70.
Actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 69.
Producer-director Taylor Hackford is 68.
Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is 66.
Actor Tim Matheson is 65.
Pop singer Burton Cummings is 65.
Actor Joe Dallesandro is 64.
Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 61.
Actor James Remar is 59.
Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 54.
Actor Val Kilmer is 53.
Singer Paul Westerberg is 53.
Actor Don Diamont is 50.
Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 50.
Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 49.
Actress Gong Li is 47.
Author Nicholas Sparks is 47.
Actor Lance Reddick is 43.
Pop singer Joe McIntyre is 40.
Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 37.
Rapper PSY (Park Jae-sang) is 35.
Rock musician Bob Bryar is 33.
Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas is 17.

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