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On this day: December 31

POSTED: 02:25 AM PST Dec 29, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 30, 2013 

Times Square holds its first New Year's Eve celebration, the board game Monopoly is patented, "Calvin and Hobbes" say goodbye, and the U.S. relinquishes control of the Panama Canal, all on this day.

OTD December 31 - Henri Matisse
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Library of Congress

1869: Painter Henri Matisse, one of the leading figures in modern art, is born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, France.

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