December 31 holidays in 2017

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Watch Night
Multiple CountriesChristian
Old Year's Night
BarbadosObservance
New Year's Eve
-Multiple Types
New Year's Eve (from 2pm)
BrazilOptional Holiday
New Year´s Eve
-Observance
New Year's Eve (from noon)
IcelandNational Holiday
New Year's Eve (Bank holiday)
AndorraBank Holiday
Festival Day
MontserratPublic Holiday
December 31 Bank Holiday
JapanBank Holiday
International New Year's Eve
VietnamObservance
World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day
AzerbaijanPublic Holiday
Make Up Your Mind Day
Multiple CountriesUnofficial


Historical Events

  • 1759: Arthur Guinness begins brewing Guinness beer.
  • 1775: At the Battle of Quebec during the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Army led by General Richard Montgomery is repelled by British forces.
  • 1796: Baltimore is incorporated as a city.
  • 1831: New York receives the deed for Gramercy Park.
  • 1857: Ottawa is chosen as Canada’s capital by Queen Victoria.
  • 1862: An act that admits W. Virginia to the Union is signed by U.S President Abraham Lincoln. This basically divides the state into two parts.
  • 1862: The Battle of Stones River during the American Civil War starts around Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • 1878: Karl Benz applies for a patent on his two-stroke gasoline powered engine. He would receive the patent the following year.
  • 1879: In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Inventor Thomas Edison gives the public their first look at incandescent lighting.
  • 1907: The 1st New Year’s Eve Celebration is held in Longacre Square – which would eventually become known as Times Square.
  • 1944: Hungary issues a declaration of war against Nazi Germany during World War II.
  • 1944: The last major Nazi offensive on the Western Front – Operation Nordwind – begins on this day during WWII.
  • 1946: United States President Harry S. Truman officially declares the end of general hostilities during WWII.
  • 1951: After giving Europe more than thirteen billion in foreign economic aid, the Marshall Plan expires on this day.
  • 1955: The first United States corporation to make over a billion dollar is automaker GM.

Famous Birthdays

  • French painter and sculptor Henri Matisse is born in 1869.
  • American race car driver Fred Marriott is born in 1872.
  • American general, Nobel Prize laureate and U.S Secretary of State, George Marshall is born in 1880.
  • American singer Evelyn Knight is born in 1917.
  • American actor and poet Taylor Mead is born in 1924.
  • American actor, author and screenwriter, Ed Bunker is born in 1933.
  • Welsh actor and director Anthony Hopkins is born in 1937.
  • American actor Val Kilmer is born in 1959.
  • English footballer and manager Steve Bruce is born in 1960.