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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 - Bruce Springsteen
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1980: Bruce Springsteen plays an epic show at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., lasting four hours, 38 minutes and covering 38 songs. As far as anybody can tell, it's the longest Springsteen show ever.

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