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On this day: December 31

Published On: Dec 29 2012 04:25:41 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Anthony Hopkins
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1937: Actor Anthony Hopkins, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as Hannibal Lecter in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," is born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales. Hopkins is also known for roles in movies such as "The Elephant Man," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Legends of the Fall," "The Remains of the Day," "Nixon" and "Amistad."

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