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 - Taipei 101
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2004: Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in the world at the time, standing at a height of 1,670 feet, officially opens. It held the record as the world's tallest building until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.

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