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Today In History - December 30
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Today in History in 1460 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI; in 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” premiered; and in 1963 “Let’s Make a Deal” premiered on NBC-TV.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1460 - Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI
  • 1703 - Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die
  • 1853 - A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon (ornithopod dinosaur) created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London.
  • 1879 - Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" premieres
  • 1903 - Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history
  • 1922 - Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR & Transcaucasian SSR
  • 1922 - Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre
  • 1924 - Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society
  • 1950 - Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states in France Union
  • 1963 - "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV


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Famous Birthdays

  • 39 - Titus, Rome, 10th Roman Emperor (79-81), conqueror of Jerusalem
  • 1865 - Rudyard Kipling, Bombay, author (Jungle Book, Gunga Din-Nobel 1907), (d. 1936)
  • 1873 - Al Smith, American politician and first Roman Catholic presidential candidate (D) (d. 1944)
  • 1911 - Jeanette Nolan, actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 - Bo Diddley, [Ellas Bates], Miss, rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley)
  • 1928 - Jack Lord, actor (Steve McGarrett-Hawaii 5-0, God's Little Acre), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 - Skeeter Davis, [Mary Penick], Dry Ridge Ky, singer (End of World)
  • 1932 - John Hillerman, Denison Tx, actor (Magnum PI, Blazing Saddles)
  • 1934 - Russ Tamblyn, actor (Win Place or Steal, Twin Peaks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1934 - Joseph Bologna, American actor
  • 1934 - Del Shannon, American singer (d. 1990)
  • 1935 - Sandy Koufax, Dodger pitcher (Cy Young '63, '65, '66, perfect-1967)
  • 1942 - Michael Nesmith, Houston, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville)
  • 1945 - Davy Jones, Manchester England, singer (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), (d. 2012)
  • 1975 - Eldrick Tont 'Tiger' Woods, Cypress California, golfer (16 Majors and 74 PGA wins)

Famous Weddings

  • 1816 - English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft
  • 1852 - Future US President Rutherford B. Hayes (30) weds teetotaler and abolitionist Lucy Webb (21)
  • 1857 - Confederate Army John Singleton Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville
  • 1879 - Composer John Philip Sousa (25) weds Jane van Middlesworth Bellis
  • 1896 - Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal (35) weds girlfriend Josephine Bracken (20) before his execution in Fort Santiago, Manila
  • 1916 - MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania
  • 1918 - Gangster Al Capone (19) marries Mae Josephine Coughlin, mother of his child
  • 1941 - Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach
  • 1975 - Director Martin Scorsese (33) weds teacher and author Julia Cameron (27) in Libertyville, Illinois
  • 1984 - Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed
  • 1993 - Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)
  • 1996 - "The Last Emperor" Chinese actress Vivian Wu (30) weds producer-director Oscar Costo (43) in Shanghai, China
  • 1998 - NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd
  • 2004 - Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida
  • 2006 - Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
  • 2011 - Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27) in London, United Kingdom

Famous Divorces

  • 1955 - Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1946 - Patty Smith Hill, songwriter (Happy Birthday To You), dies at 78
  • 1970 - Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38
  • 1979 - Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77
  • 2006 - Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad at 69

To see more events, birthdays and deaths listed at Today in History from HistoryOrb.com Click on EXTRAS at the top of the Lincoln Herald home page then click Today in History.


 

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