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.
1972: Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, dies in a plane crash off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, immediately after takeoff for a relief mission to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente, who won two World Series titles during his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was the 1966 National League MVP, a 15-time All-Star, a 12-time Gold Glove winner, and a member of the 3,000 hit club. He would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
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