December 31: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
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- 1862 - American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
- 1879 - Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, inMenlo Park, New Jersey.
- 1907 - The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
- 2009 - Both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occur.
- 2011 - NASA succeeds in putting the first of two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory satellites in orbit around the moon.
- Famous Birthdays: Jacques Cartier (French explorer), Johann Spurzheim (German physician), Robert Grant Aitken (American astronomer), Henri Matisse (French painter), Avram Hershko (Israeli biologist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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