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30 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

 

30 December: In a year, the 29th of December is the 364th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 365th day of the year.

What special day is today?

On this day, the establishment of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which became the biggest country (area-wise) in the world; full moons were seen in a month; and A powerful earthquake hit Tokyo that killed approximately 37,000 people.

Famous birthdays include Tiger Woods, Rudyard Kipling, and Ramana Maharshi.

December 30 also marks Rizal Day in Philippines.

Let’s explore what happened today.

30 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 30 December

Art & Artists

  • 1939 Release of the Burgess Meredith starrer movie “Of Mice and Men”, an American drama movie.
  • 1969 The song “My Way” was recorded by the American actor-singer, Frank Sinatra for the first time. It was based on “Comme d’habitude”, a popular French song. Paul Anka was the lyricist of the recorded song.

Science & Technology

  • 1953 The first units of NTSC colour television were commercially available for selling. Each TV set was priced at $1,175.
  • 1982 Two full moons were seen in a month which was termed as “blue moon”. This happened as an anomaly between the lunar cycle and the calendar we use.

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1906 The foundation of the All-India Muslim League in Dacca (later Dhaka, Bangladesh).
  • 1918 The transformation of the Spartacus League into the Communist Party of Germany.
  • 1922 The establishment of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which became the biggest country (area-wise) in the world.

People & Society

  • 1853 The United States signing of ”the Gadsden Purchase” to acquire approximately 30,000 square miles (78,000 square km) of supplementary territory from the northern Mexican.
  • 1986 Announcement made by the British government to replace electronic sensors in place of canaries as forewarning detectors of poisonous gas carbon monoxide in coal mines.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1703 A powerful earthquake hit Tokyo that killed approximately 37,000 people.
  • 1903 Chicago, Illinois based the Iroquois Theatre caught fire which took 605 lives.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1902 Robert Falcon Scott arrived at the Ross Ice Shelf along with E.A. Wilson and Ernest Henry Shackleton. It was the southernmost point visited by any man.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1939 Don Bradman, the legendary cricketer from Australia scored his 34th double century to set a world record. He scored 267 runs for South Australia playing against Victoria.

Birth Anniversaries (30 December)

  • 1865 – Rudyard Kipling (Writer, Britain)
  • 1879 – Ramana Maharshi (Spiritual guru and philosopher, India)
  • 1884 – Tojo Hideki (Prime Minister, Japan)
  • 1887 – K.M. Munshi (Politician, writer and educationist, India)
  • 1975 – Tiger Woods (Golfer, American)
  • 1984 – LeBron James (Basketball player, American)

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Death Anniversaries (30 December)

  • 1916 – Grigori Rasputin (Mystic, Russia)
  • 1944 – Romain Rolland (Writer, France)
  • 1971Vikram Sarabhai (Physicist & Industrialist, India)
  • 2006 – Saddam Hussein (President, Iraq)

What Special Day is Today: (30 December)

  • Rizal Day (Philippines)
  • The fifth day of Kwanzaa (United States)
  • The sixth of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)

Conclusion

The penultimate day of a year (30 December) hold innumerable game-changing moments in politics, economy, science, sports, and entertainment.

The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

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