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This Day in History for December 31 — Times Square Celebrates, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1879: Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time (more info)

1907: The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square -- then known as Longacre Square -- in New York City (more info)

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This Day in History for December 21 — Pilgrims Hit Plymouth Rock, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1620: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (more info)

1898: Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (more info)

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This Day in History for December 20 — Elvis Drafted Into Army, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803: The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (more info)

1860: South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (more info)

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This Day in History for December 19 — House Impeaches Bill Clinton, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776: Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled 'The American Crisis' (more info)

1777: George Washington's Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (more info)

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This Day in History for December 17 — Wright Brothers’ First Flight, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1903: Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make history's first successful flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft (more info)

1944: The U.S. Army announces the end of its policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps, allowing "evacuees" to return home (more info)

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This Day in History for December 10 — First Heisman Trophy Awarded, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1898: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the Spanish-American War (more info)

1901: The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace (more info)

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This Day in History for December 7 — Attack on Pearl Harbor, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787: Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (more info)

1941: In an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the U.S. naval base at Oahu Island's Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (more info)

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This Day in History for December 4 — U.S. Joins the U.N., and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1875: Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees the country (more info)

1918: President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first U.S. president to travel to Europe while in office (more info)

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This Day in History for December 3 — Illinois Becomes a State, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1818: Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state (more info)

1964: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California-Berkeley following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building to demonstrate against the regents' decision to forbid protests on U.C. property (more info)

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This Day in History for November 30 — ‘Thriller’ Released, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1981: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear-weapons reductions in Europe (more info)

1982: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' the best-selling album of all time, is released (more info)

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This Day in History for November 29 — State of Israel Formed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1929: American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions become the first to fly over the South Pole (more info)

1947: Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of the independent Jewish state of Israel (more info)

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This Day in History for November 27 — First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1095: Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (more info)

1895: At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies (more info)

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