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December 31, 1961
JFK issued a statement of “sincere wishes” to Nikita Khrushchev & the people of the USSR for a “peaceful & prosperous New Year.”
JFK described 1961 as a “troubled” year between their countries & expressed hope for improved relations in 1962. 
Berlin, however, continued to be troublesome & the world would come to the brink of nuclear war in October 1962 in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

         Nikita Khrushchev & JFK in Vienna June 1961

December 31, 1879
Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated his incandescent light for the first time in public.

The demonstration took place in Menlo Park, New Jersey & involved lighting up a city street.

                        Thomas Alva Edison

December 31, 1862

The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The 3 day battle fought in bitterly cold weather resulted in a Union victory.  Federal General William Rosecrans defeated Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

December 31, 1775

Patriots under Colonel Benedict Arnold & General Richard Montgomery failed to capture Quebec.  Montgomery is killed & Arnold & his forces retreat from Canada.

Happy New Year 2011

In keeping with JFK’s statement on this day in 1961, I would like to wish all of you around the world a “peaceful & prosperous New Year”.

I am going to take a holiday tomorrow & will publish a new post on January 2, 2011.  

I want to thank each of you for your interest in my JFK+50 Blog.

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