Dec 31, 2016
Saturday Morning Post. December 31. In 1687, the first Huguenots set sail for the Cape of Good Hope, where they later created the South African wine industry with the vines they took with them on the voyage. In 1841, Alabama enacted the first dental legislation. In 1897, Brooklyn, NY, spent its last day as a separate entity before becoming part of New York City. In 1907, the first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in Times Square (known then as Longacre Square). In 1946, President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. In 1970, Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles. In 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was designated acting president. In 2009, both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occurred. Happy Birthday, Henri Matisse, Elizabeth Arden, Simon Wiesenthal, Odetta, Gabby Douglas. It’s International Solidarity Day. Mission: Set sail for the Cape of Good Hope.