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In 1775, dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, the Bri­tish re­pulsed an at­tack by Con­ti­nen­tal Army gen­er­als Richard Mont­gomery and Bene­dict Arnold at Que­bec; Mont­gomery was killed.

In 1879, Thomas Edi­son first pub­licly demon­strated his elec­tric in­can­des­cent light by il­lu­mi­nat­ing some 40 bulbs at his lab­o­ra­tory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

In 1904, New York’s Times Square saw its first New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion, with an es­ti­mated 200,000 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

In 1951, the Mar­shall Plan ex­pired after dis­tribut­ing more than $12 bil­lion in for­eign aid.

In 1972, Ma­jor League base­ball player Roberto Cle­mente,

38, was killed when a plane he char­tered and was trav­el­ing on to bring re­lief sup­plies to earth­quake-dev­as­tated Nicaragua crashed shortly after take­off from Puerto Rico.

In 1974, pri­vate U.S. cit­i­zens were al­lowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.

In 1985, singer Rick Nel­son, 45, and six other peo­ple were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve per­for­mance in Dal­las.

In 1987, Robert Mu­gabe (moo-GAH’-bay) was sworn in as Zim­babwe’s first executive pres­i­dent.

In 1991, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the gov­ern­ment of El Sal­vador and rebels reached agree­ment at the United Na­tions on a peace ac­cord to end 12 years of civil war.

In 1999, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Boris Yeltsin an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion (he was suc­ceeded by Vladimir Putin).

In 1997, Michael Kennedy, the 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent on Aspen Moun­tain in Colorado. Pian­ist Floyd Cramer died in Nashville at age 64.

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