What happened on December 30? There are more than 277 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 30

December 30 In HistoryDecember 30 is the 365th day of the year 2024. There is one day remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 1st week of the year 2025.

On this day in Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615 sunrise will occur at 07:07 AM and sunset will occur at 05:23 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 30 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 29, 2025).

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Historical Events For December 30

  • 1066
    Granada massacre: A Muslim mob storms the royal palace in Granada, crucifies Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacres most of the Jewish population of the city.
  • 1460
    Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield.
  • 1702
    Queen Anne’s War: James Moore, Governor of the Province of Carolina, abandons the Siege of St. Augustine.
  • 1816
    The Treaty of St. Louis (1816) between the United States and the united Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi Indian tribes is proclaimed.
  • 1825
    The Treaty of St. Louis (1825) between the United States and the Shawnee Nation is proclaimed.
  • 1853
    Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.
  • 1896
    Filipino patriot and reform advocate José Rizal is executed by a Spanish firing squad in Manila, Philippines.
  • 1897
    The British Colony of Natal annexes Zululand.
  • 1903
    A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois kills at least 605.
  • 1905
    Former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg is assassinated at the front gate of his home in Caldwell.
  • 1906
    The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, which later laid down the foundations of Pakistan.
  • 1916
    The last coronation in Hungary is performed for King Charles IV and Queen Zita.
  • 1919
    Lincoln’s Inn in London admits its first female bar student.
  • 1922
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.
  • 1924
    Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies.
  • 1927
    The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1936
    The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike.
  • 1943
    Subhas Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair.
  • 1944
    King George II of Greece declares a regency, leaving the throne vacant.
  • 1947
    King Michael of Romania is forced to abdicate by the Soviet Union-backed Communist government of Romania.
  • 1948
    The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opens at the New Century Theatre and becomes the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award.
  • 1965
    Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: The United States halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 1977
    For the second time, Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
  • 1981
    In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.
  • 1993
    Israel and Vatican City establish diplomatic relations.
  • 1996
    In the Indian state of Assam, a passenger train is bombed by Bodo separatists, killing 26.
  • 1996
    Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers who shut down services across Israel.
  • 1997
    In the worst incident in Algeria’s insurgency, the Wilaya of Relizane massacres, 400 people from four villages are killed.
  • 2000
    Rizal Day Bombings: A series of bombs explode in various places in Metro Manila, Philippines within a period of a few hours, killing 22 and injuring about a hundred.
  • 2004
    A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
  • 2005
    Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.
  • 2006
    Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.
  • 2006
    The Indonesian passenger ferry MV Senopati Nusantara sinks in a storm, resulting in at least 400 deaths.
  • 2009
    A segment of Lanzhou–Zhengzhou–Changsha product oil pipeline ruptures in Shaanxi, China, and approximately 150000 l of diesel oil flows down the Wei River before finally reaching the Yellow River.
  • 2011
    Due to a change of time zone the day is skipped in Samoa and Tokelau.

Who Were Born On December 30?

  • 39
    Titus, Roman emperor (d. 81)
  • 1204
    Abû 'Uthmân Sa'îd ibn Hakam al Qurashi, ruler of Minorca (d. 1282)
  • 1552
    Simon Forman, English occultist and astrologer (d. 1611)
  • 1642
    Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (d. 1707)
  • 1673
    Ahmed III, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1736)
  • 1678
    William Croft, English composer (d. 1727)
  • 1722
    Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)
  • 1724
    Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter (d. 1805)
  • 1741
    Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain (d. 1759)
  • 1760
    Charles Sapinaud de La Rairie, French royalist general and counterrevolutionary (d. 1829)
  • 1785
    Dorothea Lieven, Russian noblewoman (d. 1857)
  • 1792
    Sylvester Jordan, German politician and lawyer (d. 1861)
  • 1819
    John W. Geary, 1st Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1873)
  • 1819
    Theodor Fontane, German writer (d. 1898)
  • 1825
    Samuel Newitt Wood, American Politician (d. 1891)
  • 1838
    Émile Loubet, 7th President of France (d. 1929)
  • 1849
    John Milne, English seismologist and geologist (d. 1913)
  • 1851
    Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman and politician (d. 1929)
  • 1853
    André Messager, French composer (d. 1929)
  • 1865
    Rudyard Kipling, English writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1936)
  • 1869
    Ōzutsu Man'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 18th Yokozuna (d. 1918)
  • 1869
    Stephen Butler Leacock, English-born Canadian writer and economist (d. 1944)
  • 1873
    Al Smith, American politician (d. 1944)
  • 1878
    William Aberhart, Canadian politician (d. 1943)
  • 1879
    Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (d. 1950)
  • 1883
    Lester Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1960)
  • 1884
    Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)
  • 1890
    Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, President of Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1897
    Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (d. 1976)
  • 1899
    Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (d. 2001)
  • 1904
    Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (d. 1987)
  • 1905
    Daniil Kharms, Soviet-era surrealist and absurdist poet, writer and dramatist (d. 1942)
  • 1906
    Carol Reed, English film director (d. 1976)
  • 1910
    Paul Bowles, American composer and author (d. 1999)
  • 1911
    Jeanette Nolan, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1913
    Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Lucio Agostini, Italian-born Canadian conductor and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1914
    Bert Parks, American television host (d. 1992)
  • 1914
    Jo Van Fleet, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1917
    Seymour Melman, American industrial engineer (d. 2004)
  • 1920
    Jack Lord, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1921
    Rashid Karami, Lebanese statesman (d. 1987)
  • 1927
    Bernard Barrow, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1927
    Robert Hossein, French film actor and director
  • 1928
    Bo Diddley, American singer and musician (d. 2008)
  • 1929
    Barbara Nichols, American actress (d. 1976)
  • 1929
    Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1931
    Skeeter Davis, American singer (d. 2004)
  • 1934
    Del Shannon, American singer (d. 1990)
  • 1934
    John Norris Bahcall, American physicist (d. 2005)
  • 1934
    Joseph Bologna, American actor
  • 1934
    Joseph P. Hoar, former US Central Command commander
  • 1934
    Russ Tamblyn, American actor, dancer, and singer
  • 1935
    Jack Riley, American actor
  • 1935
    Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Sandy Koufax, American baseball player
  • 1937
    Gordon Banks, English footballer
  • 1937
    Jim Marshall, American football player
  • 1937
    John Hartford, American musician (d. 2001)
  • 1937
    Noel Paul Stookey, American folk singer (Peter, Paul & Mary)
  • 1939
    Felix Pappalardi, American musician and recording producer (Mountain) (d. 1983)
  • 1939
    Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
  • 1940
    James Burrows, American television director
  • 1941
    Mel Renfro, American football player
  • 1942
    Fred Ward, American actor
  • 1942
    Guy Edwards, English racing driver
  • 1942
    Janko Prunk, Slovenian historian
  • 1942
    Michael Nesmith, American singer and musician (The Monkees)
  • 1942
    Vladimir Bukovsky, Russian author and dissident
  • 1944
    William J. Fallon, U.S. Navy Admiral, former U.S. Central Command commander
  • 1945
    Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1945
    Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees)
  • 1945
    Lloyd Kaufman, American film director and producer
  • 1945
    Vernon Wells, Australian actor
  • 1946
    Patti Smith, American singer and poet
  • 1947
    Jeff Lynne, English musician (ELO)
  • 1947
    Michael Burns, American historian
  • 1947
    Steve Mix, American basketball player
  • 1949
    Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician
  • 1950
    Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish computer scientist, creator of C++
  • 1950
    Lewis Shiner, American sci-fi/fantasy author
  • 1951
    Doug Allder, English footballer
  • 1952
    June Anderson, American soprano
  • 1952
    Melissa Fay Greene, American author
  • 1953
    Bill Kazmaier, American powerlifter
  • 1953
    Daniel Barry, American astronaut
  • 1953
    Meredith Vieira, American television journalist
  • 1954
    Barry Greenstein, American poker player
  • 1955
    Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
  • 1956
    Claudia Di Girólamo, Chilean actress
  • 1956
    Patricia Kalember, American actress
  • 1956
    Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress
  • 1956
    Suzy Bogguss, American singer
  • 1957
    Matt Lauer, American newscaster
  • 1957
    Rod Harrington, English darts player
  • 1958
    Steven L. Smith, American astronaut
  • 1959
    Josée Verner, Canadian politician
  • 1959
    Tracey Ullman, English actress and singer
  • 1961
    Ben Johnson, Canadian athlete
  • 1961
    Douglas Coupland, Canadian author
  • 1961
    Sean Hannity, American talk radio and television host
  • 1962
    Henry Cho, Korean-American comedian
  • 1962
    Joshua Clover, American poet
  • 1963
    Chandler Burr, American author
  • 1963
    John van 't Schip, Dutch footballer and football coach
  • 1963
    Michelle Douglas, Canadian human rights activist
  • 1963
    Milan Šrejber, Czech tennis player
  • 1964
    Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1964
    Sylvie Moreau, French Canadian actress
  • 1965
    Darrin C. Huss, Canadian singer (Psyche)
  • 1965
    Heidi Fleiss, American madam
  • 1966
    Bennett Miller, American film director
  • 1967
    Carl Ouellet, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1967
    Karen Dunne, American track and road cyclist
  • 1968
    Meredith Monroe, American actress
  • 1969
    Dave England, American television personality
  • 1969
    Jan Wehrmann, German footballer
  • 1969
    Jay Kay, English musician (Jamiroquai)
  • 1971
    Daniel Sunjata, American actor
  • 1971
    Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer
  • 1972
    Kerry Collins, American football player
  • 1972
    Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • 1972
    Steven Wiig, American actor and musician
  • 1973
    Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
  • 1973
    Frans Bauer, Dutch singer
  • 1973
    Jason Behr, American actor
  • 1973
    Nacho Vidal, Spanish porn star
  • 1974
    Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (d. 2007)
  • 1974
    S. Jithesh, World’s Fastest Performing Cartoonist
  • 1975
    Scott Chipperfield, Australian soccer player
  • 1975
    Tiger Woods, American golfer
  • 1976
    A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Ashley Callie, South African actress (d. 2008)
  • 1976
    Patrick Kerney, American football player
  • 1977
    Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
  • 1977
    Kazuyuki Toda, Japanese footballer
  • 1977
    Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Laila Ali, American boxer
  • 1977
    Saša Ilić, Serbian footballer
  • 1977
    Scott Lucas, Australian rules footballer
  • 1978
    Devin Brown, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Rob Scuderi, American ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • 1978
    Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer
  • 1979
    Flávio, Angolan footballer
  • 1980
    DJ Mbenga, basketball player
  • 1980
    Eliza Dushku, American actress
  • 1980
    Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1981
    Ali Al-Habsi, Omani footballer
  • 1981
    Haley Paige, American porn star (d. 2007)
  • 1981
    Matt Ulrich, American football player
  • 1981
    Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982
    Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • 1982
    Dawan Landry, American football player
  • 1982
    Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
  • 1982
    Robbie Gould, American football player
  • 1983
    Davide Mandorlini, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    LeBron James, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985
    Bryson Goodwin, rugby league player
  • 1985
    Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist
  • 1986
    Domenico Criscito, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Ellie Goulding, British singer
  • 1986
    Gianni Zuiverloon, Dutch footballer
  • 1987
    Jake Cuenca, Filipino actor and commercial model
  • 1988
    Leon Jackson, Scottish singer
  • 1989
    Ryan Sheckler, American professional skateboarder
  • 2000
    Johntae Lipscomb, American actor

Who Died On December 30?

  • 274
    Pope Felix I
  • 1218
    Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1162)
  • 1460
    Edmund, Earl of Rutland, second son of Richard, Duke of York (murdered after battle) (b. 1443)
  • 1460
    Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne (killed in battle) (b. 1411)
  • 1525
    Jacob Fugger, German banker (b. 1459)
  • 1572
    Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect (b. 1512)
  • 1573
    Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian writer (b. 1504)
  • 1591
    Pope Innocent IX (b. 1519)
  • 1621
    Saint Job of Maniava, Ukrainian Orthodox Saint (b. 1550)
  • 1640
    John Francis Regis, French saint (b. 1597)
  • 1644
    Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist (b. 1577)
  • 1662
    Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria (b. 1628)
  • 1691
    Robert Boyle, English scientist (b. 1627)
  • 1769
    Nicholas Taaffe, 6th Viscount Taaffe, Austrian soldier (b. 1685)
  • 1803
    Francis Lewis, signer of the American Declaration of Independence (b. 1713)
  • 1879
    Manuel de Araújo Porto-alegre, Brazilian Romantic poet, painter and caricaturist (b. 1806)
  • 1896
    José Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, (executed) (b. 1861)
  • 1908
    Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian lawyer, journalist and senator (b. 1844)
  • 1937
    Hans Niels Andersen, Danish businessman, founder of the East Asiatic Company (b. 1852)
  • 1940
    Childe Wills, early associate of Henry Ford, one of the first employees of the Ford Motor Company, and a contributor to the design of the Model T (b. 1878)
  • 1941
    El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)
  • 1944
    Romain Rolland, French writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1866)
  • 1945
    Song Jin-woo, Korean politician, educationist, journalist (b. 1889)
  • 1947
    Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher (b. 1861)
  • 1947
    Han van Meegeren, Dutch painter, portraitist and art forger (b. 1889)
  • 1954
    Archduke Eugen of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1863)
  • 1955
    Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)
  • 1967
    Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1887)
  • 1968
    Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician, first United Nations Secretary General (b. 1896)
  • 1970
    Angelos Evert, Greek police chief (b. 1894)
  • 1970
    Sonny Liston, American boxer (b. 1932)
  • 1971
    Jo Cals, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1965 until 1966. (b. 1914)
  • 1971
    Melba Rae, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 1979
    Richard Rodgers, American composer (b. 1902)
  • 1981
    Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • 1984
    Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)
  • 1986
    Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1988
    Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1989
    Lenore Lemmon, wife of George Reeves (b. 1923)
  • 1992
    Ling-Ling, panda given to the USA by China (b. 1969)
  • 1993
    Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (b. 1907)
  • 1993
    Irving “Swifty” Lazar, American Hollywood talent agent (b. 1907)
  • 1993
    Mack David, American lyricist and songwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Dmitri Ivanenko, Russian physicist (b. 1904)
  • 1994
    Maureen Starkey, wife of Ringo Starr (b. 1946)
  • 1995
    Doris Grau, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 1995
    Ralph Flanagan – American band leader (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Jack Nance, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 1996
    Lew Ayres, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1997
    Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • 1998
    George Webb, English actor (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)
  • 1998
    Sam Muchnick, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1905)
  • 1999
    Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer (b. 1909)
  • 1999
    Sarah Knauss, American, once considered the world’s oldest living person (b. 1880)
  • 2000
    Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (b. 1909)
  • 2002
    Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2002
    Mary Wesley, English novelist (b. 1912)
  • 2003
    Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer and actress (b. 1963)
  • 2003
    David Bale, South African–born activist (b. 1941)
  • 2003
    John Gregory Dunne, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004
    Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer (b. 1940)
  • 2005
    Rona Jaffe, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Saddam Hussein, former Iraqi Dictator, (executed for war crimes) (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Terry Peck, Falkland Islander who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Themis Cholevas, Greek basketball player (b. 1926)
  • 2009
    Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (b. 1940)
  • 2009
    Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
  • 2010
    Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)
  • 2010
    Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor (b. 1927)
  • 2011
    Ronald Searle, British cartoonist and writer (b. 1920)

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