30 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Titus, AD 39
  • Rudyard Kipling, 1865
  • Simon Guggenheim, 1867
  • Stephen Leacock, 1869
  • Alfred E. Smith, 1873
  • L. P. Hartley, 1895
  • Sir Carol Reed, 1906
  • Bert Parks, 1914
  • Jo Van Fleet, 1922
  • Bo Diddley, 1928
  • Jack Lord, 1930
  • Sandy Koufax, 1935
  • Russ Tamblyn, 1935
  • Del Shannon, 1939
  • Davy Jones, 1945
  • Patti Smith, 1946
  • Jeff Lynne, 1947
  • Tracey Ullmann, 1959
  • Tiger Woods, 1975
  • LeBron James, 1984

Died On This Day:

  • Richard Plantagenet duke of York assassinated, 1460
  • Pope Innocent IX, 1591
  • Robert Boyle, 1691
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer, 1894
  • Grigory Rasputin assassinated/drowned, 1916
  • Alfred North Whitehead, 1947
  • Richard Rodgers, 1979
  • Irving 'Swifty' Lazar, 1993
  • Lew Ayres, 1996
  • John Gregory Dunne, 2003
  • Artie Shaw, 2004
  • Rona Jaffe, 2005
  • Saddam Hussein hanged, 2006
  • Ronald Searle, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1672 - Violinist John Banister inaugurates first advertised public concert in his home in London charging one shilling; audience could name the tunes they wished to hear.
  • 1731 - Boston News-letter becomes first publication to report news of a concert event.
  • 1853 - James Gadsden negotiates purchase of land from Mexico which later becomes NM & AZ.
  • 1854 - America's first oil company, the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co. is incorporated in New York.
  • 1880 - Transvaal Boers under Kruger declare a republic.
  • 1887 - Petition delivered to Queen Victoria to ban pubs on Sundays containing signatures of one million women.
  • 1897 - Zululand annexed to Natal.
  • 1903 - 589 dead in Chicago's famous Iroquois Theatre fire.
  • 1916 - Rasputin poisoned, shot, shot again, bludgeoned, bound, and thrown into freezing river by Prince Yusupov's group.
  • 1922 - Union of Socialist Soviet Republics inc. Russia, Ukraine, Trans-caucasus, established.
  • 1924 - Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galactic systems; news that Andromeda not in Milky Way creates a storm.
  • 1940 - Los Angeles freeway system dedicated.
  • 1947 - King Michael of Rumania abdicates.
  • 1948 - 'Kiss Me Kate' starts 1,070 performance run in NY.
  • 1972 - US stops heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Egwin

Holiday:

  • Republic Day in Madagascar

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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