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« on: December 31, 2009, 08:07:35 am »

Wednesday, December 30th
The 364th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   
   On Dec. 30, 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 30, 1873, Alfred Smith, the four-time governor of New York State and 1928 presidential candidate, was born. Following his death on Oct. 4, 1944, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   
   On December 30, 1899, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Manila during the Philippine-American War. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1813    The British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

1865    Author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India.

1903    About 600 people died when fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago.

1911    Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.

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

1928    Rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley was born Ellas Bates in McComb, Miss.

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

1947    King Michael of Romania agreed to abdicate, but charged he was being forced off the throne by Communists.

1978    Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched a Clemson University player during a game.

1988    President Ronald Reagan and President-elect George H.W. Bush were subpoenaed to testify as defense witnesses in the pending Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North. (The subpoenas were subsequently quashed.)

1993    Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize one another.

1997    Armed men massacred 412 men, women and children in four mountain villages in Algeria.

1999    Former Beatle George Harrison fought off a knife-wielding intruder who broke into his mansion west of London and stabbed him in the chest.

2003    The federal government announced it would ban the sale of ephedra, an herbal stimulant linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.

2006    Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hanged.

2007    Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of an election that opponents and observers alleged was rigged; violence flared in Nairobi slums and coastal resort towns, killing scores in the following days.

2008    In a surprise move, a defiant Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named former state Attorney General Roland Burris to Barack Obama's Senate seat.

Current Birthdays

LeBron James turns 25 years old today.

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James turns 25 years old today.


75    Joseph Bologna
Actor

75    Russ Tamblyn
Actor

74    Jack Riley
Actor ("The Bob Newhart Show")

74    Sandy Koufax
Baseball Hall of Famer

72    Paul Stookey
Folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary)

69    James Burrows
TV director ("Taxi," "Cheers," "Will and Grace")

67    Michael Nesmith
Rock singer, musician (The Monkees)

67    Fred Ward
Actor

64    Davy Jones
Rock singer (The Monkees)

63    Patti Smith
Rock musician

62    Jeff Lynne
Rock singer, musician (ELO)

56    Meredith Viera
TV host ("Today")

54    Sheryl Lee Ralph
Actress

53    Suzy Bogguss
Country singer

53    Patricia Kalember
Actress

52    Matt Lauer
TV host ("Today")

50    Tracey Ullman
Actress, comedian

49    Rob Hotchkiss
Rock musician

48    Sean Hannity
TV host ("Hannity & Colmes")

40    Jay Kay
Singer (Jamiroquai)

40    Byron McMackin
Rock musician (Pennywise)

40    Meredith Monroe
Actress ("Dawson's Creek")

38    Daniel Sunjata
Actor ("Rescue Me")

37    Maureen Flanniga
Actress

36    Jason Behr
Actor

34    Tiger Woods
Golfer

33    A.J. Pierzynski
Baseball player

32    Laila Ali
Boxer, TV personality

31    Tyrese
R&B singer, actor

29    Tim Lopez
Rock musician (Plain White T's))

27    Kristin Kreuk
Actress ("Smallville")

Historic Birthdays

Alfred Smith

12/30/1873 - 10/4/1944
American politician and four-time governor of New York State
(Go to obit.)

77    Bert Parks
12/30/1914 - 2/2/1992
American game show host

69    Sir Carol Reed
12/30/1906 - 4/25/1976
English film director

71    Alfred Einstein
12/30/1880 - 2/13/1952
German-born American musicologist and critic

70    Ramana Maharshi
12/30/1879 - 4/14/1950
Hindu philosopher and yogi

70    Rudyard Kipling
12/30/1865 - 1/18/1936
English writer

77    Asa Griggs Candler
12/30/1851 - 3/12/1929
American developer of Coca-Cola

62    John Milne
12/30/1850 - 7/30/1913
English seismologist and geologist; inventor of the seismograph


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