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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 - Tim Matheson
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1947: Actor Tim Matheson, best known for playing Eric "Otter" Stratton in 1978's "National Lampoon's Animal House" and Vice President John Hoynes in the TV series "The West Wing," is born in Glendale, Calif.

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