Today in History: December 30, 2007


In 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


In 1813, Danzig surrenders to allied armies.

In 1813, the British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

In 1935, Italian bombers destroy Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.

In 1941, Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization

In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.


In 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees and wounding five other people (John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he committed suicide in prison).

In 1997, a massacre in Algeria’s insurgency began in four mountain villages as armed men killed 412 people in an attack that lasted from dusk until dawn.


In 1703, Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die.

In 1836, Lehman-theater in St Petersburg catches fire; 100s die.

In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.


In 1731, 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston).

In 1809, wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston.

In 1877, Johnannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna.

In 1879, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” premieres.

In 1940, California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.

In 1948, the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate” opened on Broadway.

In 1980, “Wonderful World of Disney” last performance on NBC-TV.


In 1869, Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms.

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike, at the Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich.


In 1853, the United States bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase for $10 million; Area is now southern Arizona & New Mexico.

In 1906, Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy.

In 1911, Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of Republic of China.

In 1965, Ferdinand Marcos inaugurated as President of the Phillipines.

In 1985, President Zia of Pakistan ends martial law.

In 1987, Premier Mugabe elected President of Zimbabwe.

In 1993, Vatican recognizes Israel.


In 1892, Dr Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes 1st Black medical journal.

In 1952, Tuskegee Institute reports 1952 as 1st year in 71 with no lynchings in US.

In 1989, 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000.

In 1990, 11th United Negro College Fund raises $10,000,000.


In 1973, 1st picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab).


In 1817, 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona).


In 1978, Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach.


In 1984, Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed.


0039 Titus 10th Roman emperor (79-81), conqueror of Jerusalem
1865 Rudyard Kipling Bombay, author (Jungle Book, Gunga Din-Nobel 1907)
1867 Simon Guggenheim philanthropist (died aboard the Titanic)
1869 Stephen Leacock Canada, economist/humorist/professor
1880 Alfred Einstein German/US musicologist/nephew of Albert Einstein
1883 Lester Patrick NHL pioneer
1914 Bert Parks [Jacobson] Atlanta GA, TV host (Miss America)
1928 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates] Mississippi, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer (Bo Diddley)
1928 Jack Lord New York NY, actor (Steve McGarrett-Hawaii 5-0, God’s Little Acre)
1932 John Hillerman Denison TX, actor (Magnum PI, Blazing Saddles, Audrey Rose)
1935 Jack Riley Cleveland OH, actor (Carlin-Bob Newhart, Ocassional Wife)
1935 Sandy Koufax Dodger pitcher (Cy Young ’63, ’65, ’66, perfect-1967)
1939 Del Shannon [Charles Westover] Coopersville MI, rocker (Runaway)
1940 James Burrows TV producer/director (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers)
1942 Michael Nesmith Houston, rocker/actor (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville)
1945 [David] Davy Jones Manchester England, singer/actor (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville)
1947 Jeff Lynne rocker (ELO-Telephone Line, Travelling Wilburys)
1957 Matt Lauer New York NY, TV host (Today Show)
1959 Tracey Ullman Slough England, comediennesinger/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
1972 Kerry Collins NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers)
1975 Tiger Woods golfer
1983 Rachel & Ross Trudeau twins of Jane Pauley & Gerry Trudeau


1525 Jacob Fugger German banker/merchant, dies at 66
1591 Innocent IX [Giovanni Facchinetti] Pope, (1591 62 days), dies at 72
1931 Tyrone Power Sr actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton), dies at 62
1979 Richard Rodgers composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77
1992 Ling-Ling 1st panda China gave US, dies at 23


Italy : New Year’s Eve
Philippiines : Rizal Day (anniversary of his death) (1896)

December 30, the 364th day of the year. There is one day left in 2007.

compiled by Mondoreb
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