Today in History, December 30th

By | December 30, 2013
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 30th!

1460 The Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.
1803 The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.
1813 The British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812. British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812
1861 Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.
1862 The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet for comment.
1865 Author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India.

 Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

1903 About 600 people died when fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago.
1905 Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho is killed by an assassin’s bomb.
1911 Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.
1922 Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
1928 Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley was born Ellas Bates in McComb, Miss.
1932 The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.
1940 California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.
1947 Romania’s King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.
1965 Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic’s sixth president.
1972 After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.
1976 Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates, closing the book on the Attica uprising.
1978 Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched a Clemson University player during a game.

Woody Hayes punch

Woody Hayes

1993 Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize one another.
2003 The federal government announced it would ban the sale of ephedra, an herbal stimulant linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.
2006 Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
2010 Top-ranked Connecticut’s record 90-game winning streak in women’s basketball ended with a 71-59 loss to No. 9 Stanford.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

Author: Today in History

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

2 thoughts on “Today in History, December 30th

  1. Ed Darrell

    1932 – The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.

    How interesting; exactly the position of the Tea Party in the U.S. today.

    You missed one of my favorite events of the day. This is the anniversary of the 1924 publication by Edwin Hubble of his observations, showing that what had been thought to be “clouds” in the stars were actually other galaxies, much like our own Milky Way — in short, the universe is much bigger and more populated by stars than anyone had really imagined. It’s Hubble Day!

  2. Grant

    Oh ya, good stuff! My father loves astronomy…I am sure he will appreciate the addition to today’s list!


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