December 31st

 

 

 

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).

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