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Dec 31, 1984: Subway Vigilante Turns Himself In

Bernhard Goetz, the white man dubbed the “Subway Vigilante” after he shot four young black men on a New York City subway train, turns himself in at a police station in Concord, New Hampshire. Goetz claimed that the men, all

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Dec 31, 1985: Rick Nelson Dies in a Plane Crash

Former teen idol Rick Nelson dies in plane crash in De Kalb, Texas, on December 31, 1985. When the teenage Ricky Nelson launched his pop career in 1957 by picking up a guitar and singing at the end of an

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Dec 31, 1999: Panama Canal Turned Over to Panama

On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of

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