December 31st, 1869
Henri Matisse is born. Matisse was a French painter who liked to use much colour in his paintings. Along with Picasso and Duchamp he is considered to be one of the key figures of modern art.He is said to be the founder of the Fauvism movement.
December 31st, 1904
The first New Year’s eve celebration takes place at the Time Square in New York.
December 31st, 1909
Manhattan bridge opens.
December 31st, 1937
Sir Anthony Hopkins is born. A great Welsh actor with a big career in television, theatre and cinema.He has won three Bafta Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Emmy awards, and has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
December 31st, 1992
Czechoslovakia is dissolved and resulting in the formation of Czech Republic and Slovakia.
December 31st, 2004
Taipei 101 opens, the tallest skyscraper of the world during that time at least. Its height it’s 509 meters (1,670 ft). Today’s tallest skyscraper is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828 m , 2,717 ft, i think).