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.
1879: Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City.
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