Today in History – December 30

1702 – Queen Anne’s War: James Moore, Governor of the Province of Carolina, abandoned the Siege of St. Augustine.

1813 – War of 1812: British soldiers burned Buffalo, New York.

1816 – The Treaty of St. Louis between the United States and the united Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi Indian tribes was proclaimed.

1825 – The Treaty of St. Louis between the United States and the Shawnee Nation was proclaimed.

1853 – Gadsden Purchase: The United States bought land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.

1890 – Following the Wounded Knee Massacre, the United States Army and Lakota warriors faced off in the Drexel Mission Fight.

1903 – A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois killed at least 605.

1905 – Former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg was assassinated at the front gate of his home in Caldwell.

1916 – Russian mystic and advisor to the Tsar Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was murdered by a loyalist group led by Prince Felix Yusupov. His frozen, partially-trussed body was discovered in a Petrograd river three days later.

1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.

1936 – The Flint sit-down strike hit General Motors.

1962 – In Nashville, TN, Brenda Lee’s home was destroyed by fire.

1979 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer announced their break-up.

1999 – George Harrison and his wife were attacked in their home during a robbery. Though, Harrison was stabbed in the chest four times, he and his wife were able to subdue the assailant until police arrived.

2002 – In Tucson, AZ, Diana Ross was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

2005 – Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean and tied the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.

2006 – Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was executed.

2009 – A suicide bomber killed nine people at Forward Operating Base Chapman, a key facility of the Central Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan.

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