After posting a similar article for Christmas Day, we decided to delve into the history of New Year’s Eve. In the following list, we have compiled prominent events from the past that transpired in the fleeting hours of each mentioned year. If you like this article, you might want to check out our other New Year’s feature-article here.

The British East India Trading Company is chartered (1600)

East India Company

Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time (1879)

Thomas Edison

US President Harry S. Truman officially declares the end of the Second World War (1946)

Harry Truman Announces end of WW II

The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Longacre Square (now known as Times Square) in New York City (1904)

1904 New Years Eve at Times Square

Opening of Manhattan Bridge (1909)

Manhattan Bridge

The Central African Federation (Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) dissolves, splitting into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia (1963)

Federal Governor General's Departure from the CAF

Dissolution of Czechoslovakia results in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia (1992)

Czechoslovakia in 1969

The ERM (European Exchange Rate Mechanism) freezes the values of the legacy currency in the Eurozone, establishing the euro currency as the sole legal tender of the European Union (1998)


Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first President, hands in his resignation, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President (1999)

Yeltsin (Right) and Putin(2nd From Left)

Official opening of Taiwan’s Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper of its time (2004)

Taipei 101 - Taipei, Taiwan

Author Sameed Khan via Wikipedia

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