On This Day In History, 31 December

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World Events Today

  • The East India Company was formed today in 1600, its main purpose was to trade in the Indian Ocean region, initially with Mughal India and the East Indies, and later with Qing China
  • The Bank of North America was founded today in 1781 in Philadelphia
  • The exchange rates, between the Euro and the legacy European currencies, were set today in 1998

Entertainment Events Today

  • The chimes of Big Ben were heard outside of their immediate environment for the first time today in 1923, when they were broadcast by the BBC to bring in the New Year
  • After a failed attempt to jump the Caesar’s Palace Fountain in Las Vegas on a motorbike today in 1967, Evel Knievel suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles
  • The last match at the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin took place today in 2006, Leinster beat Ulster 20 points to 12 in a Celtic League game

Family Events Today

  • The Welsh actor, director, and producer Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, who starred in many movies, including The Silence of the Lambs, was born today in 1937 in Margam
  • The legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, was born today in 1941 in Glasgow
  • The founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, married the American model, Crystal Harris, today in 2012, he was aged 86 and she was 26

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Champagne Day

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