CMN Almanac

Today is Monday, December 31st, the 365th day of the year.  It is the last

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

day of the year.


Write a Friend Month, Make Up Your Mind Day,

Unlucky Day, Today is New Year’s Eve


Tyrone Corbin, 56, basketball player/coach

Lance Riddick, 56, actor

Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Bryon Russell, 48, basketball player

Jason Campbell, 37, football player

Gabby Douglas, 23, gymnast


Selma Burke, 118, sculptor (d. 1995)

Rosalind Cash, 80, actress (d. 1995)

Donna Summer, 70, singer (d. 2012)

Woodrow "Woody" Strode

Woodrow “Woody” Strode


Roberto Clemente, 1972, baseball player (b. 1936)

Lloyd Haynes, 1986, actor (b. 1932)

Woodrow “Woody” Strode, 1994, actor (b. 1906)

James Avery, 2013, actor (b. 1945)


1783 – Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern U.S. states.

1862 – Watch Night, residents of Rochester, N.Y. joined Frederick

Lloyd Haynes

Lloyd Haynes

Douglass in anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

1904 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known

as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.

1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year.

1953 – Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president.

1967 – “The Ice Bowl”, Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship

game (-13°F).

James Avery

James Avery

1977 – “Bubbling Brown Sugar” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after

766 performances.

1984 – The first nationally broadcast telethon for the United Negro College Fund

raises $14.1 million.

1988 – “The Fog Bowl”, a heavy, dense fog rolled over Soldier Field in Chicago

during the second quarter of the Bears/Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game,

cutting visibility to about 15-20 yards for the rest of the game (Bears win 20-12).

1995 – “Paul Roebson” closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances.


As a Capricorn born on December 31st, your personality is defined by its hardworking, charming and creative qualities. Like all Capricorns, you show great determination in efforts that you feel to be worthwhile. This quality is paired well with the creativity and enthusiasm that you display in all aspects of your life. You are quite social and others value your witty and warm personality. Throughout your life you have noticed that people actively seek out your company. You would be surprised to know how many of your friends genuinely appreciate your loyalty and attention.


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