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 - Ben Kingsley
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1943: Actor Ben Kingsley, best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film "Gandhi," is born in Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. Kingsley, seen here at left with fellow actor Bruce Willis, is also known for roles in movies such as "Bugsy," "Schindler's List," "House of Sand and Fog," "Sexy Beast" and "Hugo."

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