December 31 in History: From the oldest Greek newspaper to Vladimir Putin becoming acting President

Turning the pages of history on what happened today.

1600

The British East India Company is chartered.

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1790

Oldest Greek newspaper, Efimeris is published for the first time.

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1857

Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as the capital of Canada.

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1907

The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square in Manhattan.

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1999

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin becomes the acting President.

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