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 - Calvin and Hobbes
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Universal Press Syndicate

1995: Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip after 10 years and 3,150 strips. At the height of its popularity, the strip was featured in more than 2,400 newspapers worldwide.

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