Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Today in History: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On Dec. 31, 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.
On this date in:
1857Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1862President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
1951The Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.
1974Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.
1985Rock 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.
1993Entertainer Barbra Streisand performed her first paid concert in 22 years, singing to a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/Amy Sancetta
1997Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.
2006The death toll for Americans killed in the Iraq war reached 3,000.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Ben Kingsley turns 71 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
Andy SummersRock musician (The Police)72
Taylor HackfordDirector, producer70
Diane Von FurstenbergFashion designer68
Burton CummingsRock musician (The Guess Who)67
Tim MathesonActor ("Animal House," "The West Wing")67
Bebe NeuwirthActress ("Cheers")56
Val KilmerActor55
Paul WesterbergRock singer (The Replacements)55
Actor Anthony Hopkins turns 77 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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