Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/December 31

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This is a list of selected December 31 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only five to six events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Blurb Reason
New Year's Eve (Gregorian calendar) unreferenced sections
Hogmanay in Scotland refimprove section
1600 – The British East India Company was founded by a Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I. refimprove section
1759Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease at £45 per annum to the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin and began brewing Guinness. lots of CN tags
1960 – The farthing, a British coin first minted in England in the 13th century, ceased to be legal tender. unreferenced section
1981 – President of Ghana Hilla Limann was deposed in a coup d'état. refimprove
1983 – Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was selected to lead Nigeria after a successful military coup d'etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari. unreferenced section
1999Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia, resigned and named Vladimir Putin as acting President. outdated
2004Taipei 101 in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, opened to the public as the world's tallest skyscraper. inappropriate tone



December 31

Painting of helicopter rescue efforts at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire
Painting of helicopter rescue efforts at the Dupont Plaza Hotel fire

Richard Montgomery (d. 1775) · Henri Matisse (b. 1869) · Junot Díaz (b. 1968)

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