Sunday, December 31, 2017

Greenerpasture Daily News - 1904 - December 31 – In New York City, the first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square.

New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

1857  Unseasonable Weather

On the 22d of December, the weather was so unseasonable in the neighborhood of New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the farmers employed their teams in ploughing.

The Daily Milwaukee News -  Milwaukee, Wisconsin -  December 31, 1857
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Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA

1870 - FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT AT FRANKLIN! FALL OF THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE. SEVERAL LIVES LOST. DESTRUCTION OF THE MARSHALL HOUSE.
About half past eleven o'clock yesterday morning, a fire broke out in the Marshall House, situated at the Franklin end of the Suspension Bridge at that point, which connects the Allegheny Valley Railroad with the town. Though the most strenuous efforts were made to save the structure it was entirely destroyed. During the burning of the hotel the flames communicated to the bridge, upon which were... Read MORE...

The Petroleum Centre Daily Record -  Pennsylvania -  December 31, 1870
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Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam)

1904 - December 31 – In New York City, the first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square.

1904. The History of New Year's Eve In Times Square (www.youtube.com)

"In 1904, the New York Times moved from the City Hall are to the triangular piece of land at the intersection of 7th Avenue, Broadway, and 42nd Street. People thought they were crazy for moving so far... Read MORE...

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December 31, 1904
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Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

1919  Bonds Are Stolen

Fayetteville, Ark., Dec. 31. - Between $25,000 and $30,000 in liberty bonds were secured by robbers who looted the vault in the Bank of Lincoln, this county, last night, according to information received here this morning. No explosion was heard and there is no clew to the robbers.

Muskogee Times-Democrat -  Muskogee, Oklahoma -  December 31, 1919
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Tampa, Florida, USA

1919 - FIRE SWEEPS TAMPA. BLAZE STARTED BY SPARKS FROM SHIPS; DESTROYS TWO BLOCKS.
Tampa, Fla., Dec. 31. - Two blocks in the wholesale district, bounded by the river and by Tampa, Whiting and Washington streets were destroyed by fire late yesterday. Early estimates placed the loss between $350,000 and $500,000.

The business section was cut off from electric lights and power, and special police protection was provided merchants last night, thieves having robbed offices at the ... Read MORE...

San Antonio Light -  San Antonio, Texas -  December 31, 1919
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Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

1928 - Teens Die at Rail Crossing
30 teens, mostly the children of Kenosha's Social elite. went on a scavenger hunt. There were a total of eight cars in the hunt. 3 of the cars met up at a railroad crossing on 12th avenue and 75th street . There was a freight train going northbound and they all stopped. As soon as the freight train passed, One car sped over the tracks okay but there was a passenger train going southbound that... Read MORE...

Kenosha Evening News -  Kenosha, Wisconsin -  December 31, 1928
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Great Falls, Montana, USA

1949 - Man Looking for Gas Leak Finds It by Lighting Match; Fire Extinguished.
Great Falls, Dec. 30 - (AP) - It finally happened.

A gas company employe, checking a report of escaping gas in a Great Falls residence Friday afternoon, went looking for the leak with matches, city firemen reported. He found it.

Firemen extinguished the blaze after some damage resulted. The fire was at the home of Theodore Remus.

Mrs. Remus, after smelling the escaping gas, had notified... Read MORE...

Billings Gazette -  Billings, Montana -  December 31, 1949
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1775  December 31 - The Battle of Québec was fought on December 31 between the American Continental Army and British defenders of Québec City. It was the first major defeat for the Americans in the Revolutionary War.



1870  The straw in a barn-yard near Santa Clara, California, was set on fire by a piece of meteoric iron which fell there the other day.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1879  December 31 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

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1892  BUILDING DESTROYED.
Duluth, Minn., Dec. 30. - Flames destroyed the Fargusson building in Duluth, Minn., causing a loss of about $250,000 on building and contents.

Stevens Point Daily Journal
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

1916  December 31 – The Hampton Terrace Hotel in North Augusta, South Carolina, one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the nation at the time, burns to the ground.

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Died December 31

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