On this day December 31

Samuel Hernandez, Editor

1862 – U.S. President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.

1879 – Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.

 

1923 – In London, the BBC first broadcast the chimes of Big Ben.

 

1946 – U.S. President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

 

1961 – In the U.S., the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.