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On This Day - December 31, A Shot Of History

Get On This Day delivered free to your inbox: 1857 – Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada. 1999 – First President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, resigns from office, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President and successor. 2009 – Both a blue moon and a lunar eclipse occur. 1907 – The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York. Produced by Meiqi AN

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