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  • What happened on December 30
  • December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There is one day remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on 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.
  • 1419 – Hundred Years’ War: Battle of La Rochelle
  • 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.
  • 1813 – War of 1812: British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York.
  • 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 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.
  • 1896 – Canadian ice hockey player Ernie McLea scores the first hat-trick in Stanley Cup play, and the Cup-winning goal as theMontreal Victorias defeat the Winnipeg Victorias 6–5.
  • 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 (later Dhaka, Bangladesh).
  • 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 Moscow river three days later.
  • 1916 – The last coronation in Hungary is performed for King Charles IV and Queen Zita.
  • 1919 – Lincoln’s Inn in London, England, UK admits its first female bar student.
  • 1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.
  • 1927 – The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1936 – The United Auto Workers union stages its first sitdown 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 – Cold War: King Michael I of Romania is forced to abdicate by the Soviet Union-backed Communist government of Romania.
  • 1958 – The Guatemalan Air Force sinks several Mexican fishing boats alleged to have breached maritime borders, killing three and sparking international tension.
  • 1965 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines.
  • 1972 – Vietnam War: The United States halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 1993 – Israel establishes diplomatic relations with Vatican City and also upgrades to full diplomatic relations with Ireland.
  • 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 Airport is bombed.
  • 2006 – The Indonesian passenger ferry MV Senopati Nusantara sinks in a storm, resulting in at least 400 deaths.
  • 2006 – Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is executed.
  • 2009 – A segment of the Lanzhou–Zhengzhou–Changsha pipeline ruptures in Shaanxi, China, and approximately 150,000 l (40,000 US gal) of diesel oil flows down the Wei River before finally reaching the Yellow River.
  • 2009 – A suicide bomber kills nine people at Forward Operating Base Chapman, a key facility of the Central Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan.
  • 2013 – More than 100 people are killed when anti-government forces attack key buildings in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

 

 

  • Births on December 30
  • AD 39 – Titus, Roman emperor (d. 81)
  • 159 – Empress Dowager Bian, second wife of Cao Cao, mother of Cao Wei’s first emperor, Cao Pi (d. 230)
  • 1204 – Abû ‘Uthmân Sa’îd ibn Hakam al Qurashi, ruler of Minorca (d. 1282)
  • 1371 – Vasily I of Moscow (d. 1425)
  • 1490 – Ebussuud Efendi, Ottoman lawyer and jurist (d. 1574)
  • 1642 – Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (d. 1707)
  • 1673 – Ahmed III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1736)
  • 1678 – William Croft, English organist and composer (d. 1727)
  • 1722 – Charles Yorke, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)
  • 1724 – Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter and educator (d. 1805)
  • 1760 – Charles Sapinaud de La Rairie, French general (d. 1829)
  • 1792 – Sylvester Jordan, German lawyer and politician (d. 1861)
  • 1819 – Theodor Fontane, German author and poet (d. 1898)
  • 1819 – John W. Geary, American lawyer and politician, 16th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • 1825 – Samuel Newitt Wood, American lawyer and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1842 – Osman Hamdi Bey, Ottoman administrator, intellectual, art expert and painter (d. 1910)
  • 1849 – John Milne, English seismologist and geologist (d. 1913)
  • 1851 – Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Atlanta (d. 1929)
  • 1853 – André Messager, French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1929)
  • 1857 – Sylvio Lazzari, French-Austrian composer (d. 1944)
  • 1865 – Rudyard Kipling, Indian-English author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1936)
  • 1869 – Stephen Leacock, English-Canadian political scientist and author (d. 1944)
  • 1869 – Ōzutsu Man’emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 18th Yokozuna (d. 1918)
  • 1873 – Al Smith, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Governor of New York (d. 1944)
  • 1878 – William Aberhart, Canadian evangelist and politician, 7th Premier of Alberta (d. 1943)
  • 1879 – Ramana Maharshi, Indian guru and philosopher (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Archer Baldwin, American-English farmer and politician (d. 1966)
  • 1883 – Mary Forbes, English actress (d. 1974)
  • 1883 – Lester Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1960)
  • 1884 – Hideki Tōjō, Japanese general and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)
  • 1887 – William Kolehmainen, Finnish-American runner and coach (d. 1967)
  • 1890 – Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Mexican soldier and politician, 47th President of Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1897 – Alfredo Bracchi, Italian songwriter and screenwriter (d. 1976)
  • 1899 – Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer, lawyer, and politician, 2nd Governor of Svalbard (d. 2001)
  • 1904 – Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer and academic (d. 1987)
  • 1905 – Daniil Kharms, Russian poet, author, and playwright (d. 1942)
  • 1906 – Carol Reed, English director and producer (d. 1976)
  • 1910 – Paul Bowles, American composer and author (d. 1999)
  • 1911 – Jeanette Nolan, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1913 – Lucio Agostini, Italian-Canadian conductor and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1913 – Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)
  • 1914 – Bert Parks, American actor, singer, television personality, and beauty pageant host (d. 1992)
  • 1917 – Seymour Melman, American engineer and author (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Dick Spooner, English cricketer (d. 1997)
  • 1919 – David Willcocks, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Jack Lord, American actor and director (d. 1998)
  • 1921 – Rashid Karami, Lebanese lawyer and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Lebanon (d. 1987)
  • 1922 – Jane Langton, American author and illustrator
  • 1923 – Prakash Vir Shastri, Indian academic and politician (d. 1977)
  • 1924 – Yvonne Brill, Canadian-American propulsion engineer (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Ian MacNaughton, Scottish actor, producer, and director (d. 2002)
  • 1926 – Stan Tracey, English pianist and composer (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Jan Kubíček, Czech painter and sculptor (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)
  • 1929 – Rosalinde Hurley, English physician, microbiologist, and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1930 – Roy Yorke Calne, English surgeon and academic
  • 1930 – Red Rhodes, American guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1930 – Tu Youyou, Chinese chemist and pharmacist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1931 – Skeeter Davis, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1931 – John T. Houghton, Welsh physicist and author
  • 1931 – Frank Torre, American baseball player and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – John N. Bahcall, American astrophysicist and astronomer, co-developed the Hubble Space Telescope (d. 2005)
  • 1934 – Joseph Bologna, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1934 – Barry Briggs, New Zealand motorcycle racer and sportscaster
  • 1934 – Joseph P. Hoar, American general
  • 1934 – Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1990)
  • 1934 – Russ Tamblyn, American actor
  • 1935 – Omar Bongo, Gabonese lieutenant and politician, President of Gabon (d. 2009)
  • 1935 – Sandy Koufax, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1935 – Jack Riley, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1937 – Gordon Banks, English footballer and manager
  • 1937 – John Hartford, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2001)
  • 1937 – Jim Marshall, American football player
  • 1937 – Paul Stookey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Glenda Adams, Australian author and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1939 – Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 1983)
  • 1940 – James Burrows, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1941 – Mel Renfro, American football player and coach
  • 1942 – Vladimir Bukovsky, Russian author and activist
  • 1942 – Guy Edwards, English race car driver
  • 1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1942 – Janko Prunk, Slovenian historian, academic, and politician
  • 1942 – Robert Quine, American guitarist (d. 2004)
  • 1942 – Toomas Savi, Estonian physician and politician
  • 1942 – Fred Ward, American actor
  • 1944 – William J. Fallon, American admiral
  • 1944 – Joseph Hilbe, American mathematician and philosopher
  • 1945 – Davy Jones, English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1945 – Lloyd Kaufman, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded Troma Entertainment
  • 1945 – Paola Pigni, Italian runner
  • 1945 – Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1946 – Clive Bunker, English drummer and songwriter
  • 1946 – Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet
  • 1946 – Berti Vogts, German footballer and coach
  • 1947 – James Kahn, American author, screenwriter, and producer
  • 1947 – Jeff Lynne, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1947 – Steve Mix, American basketball player and coach
  • 1948 – Jed Johnson, American interior designer and director (d. 1996)
  • 1949 – David Bedford, English runner
  • 1949 – Jim Flaherty, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Canadian Minister of Finance (d. 2014)
  • 1950 – Timothy Mo, Chinese-English author
  • 1950 – Lewis Shiner, American journalist and author
  • 1950 – Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish computer scientist, created the C++ programming language
  • 1950 – Martti Vainio, Finnish runner
  • 1951 – Doug Allder, English footballer and coach
  • 1951 – Chris Jasper, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer
  • 1951 – Nick Rose, English runner
  • 1952 – June Anderson, American soprano and actress
  • 1953 – Daniel T. Barry, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1953 – Dana Key, American singer, guitarist, and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1953 – Graham Vick, English director and producer
  • 1953 – Meredith Vieira, American journalist and game show host
  • 1954 – Barry Greenstein, American poker player and philanthropist
  • 1956 – Ingus Baušķenieks, Latvian singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1956 – Suzy Bogguss, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress and singer
  • 1957 – Patricia Kalember, American actress
  • 1957 – Matt Lauer, American television journalist and anchor
  • 1957 – Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1958 – Steven Smith, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1959 – Antonio Pappano, English pianist and conductor
  • 1959 – Kåre Thomsen, Norwegian guitarist and graphic designer
  • 1959 – Tracey Ullman, English-American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter
  • 1959 – Josée Verner, Canadian politician, 8th Canadian Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • 1960 – Richard M. Durbin, English biologist and academic
  • 1961 – Douglas Coupland, German-Canadian author and playwright
  • 1961 – Bill English, New Zealand farmer and politician, 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1961 – Sean Hannity, American radio and television host
  • 1961 – Ben Johnson, Jamaican-Canadian sprinter
  • 1961 – Charlie Nicholas, Scottish footballer and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Chandler Burr, American journalist and author
  • 1963 – Milan Šrejber, Czech tennis player
  • 1964 – Almir Kayumov, Russian footballer and referee (d. 2013)
  • 1964 – Sylvie Moreau, Canadian actress and screenwriter
  • 1964 – George Newbern, American actor
  • 1965 – Heidi Fleiss, American procurer
  • 1966 – Gary Chartier, American philosopher, scholar, and academic
  • 1966 – Bennett Miller, American director and producer
  • 1967 – Carl Ouellet, Canadian wrestler and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Bryan Burk, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1968 – Adam Dale, Australian cricketer
  • 1968 – Sandra Glover, American hurdler
  • 1969 – Emmanuel Clérico, French race car driver
  • 1969 – Dave England, American snowboarder and stuntman
  • 1969 – Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
  • 1969 – Michelle McGann, American golfer
  • 1969 – Meredith Monroe, American actress
  • 1971 – Sister Bliss, English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1971 – C. S. Lee, Korean-American actor
  • 1971 – Ricardo, Spanish footballer and manager
  • 1972 – Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • 1972 – Dita Indah Sari, Indonesian trade union leader and activist
  • 1972 – Steven Wiig, American actor and drummer
  • 1973 – Jason Behr, American actor
  • 1973 – Ato Boldon, Trinidadian runner, sportscaster, and politician
  • 1974 – Alexandro Alves do Nascimento, Brazilian footballer (d. 2012)
  • 1975 – Scott Chipperfield, Australian footballer
  • 1975 – Tiger Woods, American golfer
  • 1976 – Kastro, American rapper
  • 1976 – Patrick Kerney, American football player
  • 1976 – A. J. Pierzynski, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1977 – Laila Ali, American boxer and actress
  • 1977 – Glory Alozie, Nigerian-Spanish sprinter and hurdler
  • 1977 – Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
  • 1977 – Saša Ilić, Serbian footballer
  • 1977 – Scott Lucas, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1977 – Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Lucy Punch, English actress
  • 1977 – Kazuyuki Toda, Japanese footballer
  • 1978 – Devin Brown, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Tyrese Gibson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1978 – Phillips Idowu, English triple jumper
  • 1978 – Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer
  • 1978 – Rob Scuderi, American ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Michael Grimm, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1980 – Eliza Dushku, American actress and producer
  • 1980 – D. J. Mbenga, Congolese-Belgian basketball player
  • 1980 – Alison McGovern, English politician
  • 1981 – Ali Al-Habsi, Omani footballer
  • 1981 – Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1981 – Matt Ulrich, American football player
  • 1982 – Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
  • 1982 – Tobias Kurbjuweit, German footballer
  • 1982 – Dawan Landry, American football player
  • 1982 – Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • 1983 – Davide Mandorlini, Italian footballer
  • 1983 – Nick Symmonds, American runner
  • 1983 – Kevin Systrom, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Instagram
  • 1984 – Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984 – LeBron James, American basketball player, producer and businessman
  • 1985 – Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist
  • 1985 – Bryson Goodwin, Australian rugby league player
  • 1986 – Domenico Criscito, Italian footballer
  • 1986 – Ellie Goulding, English singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1986 – Gianni Zuiverloon, Dutch footballer
  • 1989 – Ryan Sheckler, American skateboarder and entrepreneur
  • 1989 – Kateřina Vaňková, Czech tennis player
  • 1990 – Joe Root, English cricketer
  • 1992 – Ryan Tunnicliffe, English footballer
  • 1992 – Carson Wentz, American football player

 

 

 

  • Deaths on December 30
  • 274 – Pope Felix I
  • 1331 – Bernard Gui, inquisitor (b. 1261 or 1262)
  • 1460 – Edmund, Earl of Rutland, Irish politician, Lord Chancellor of Ireland (b. 1443)
  • 1460 – Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (b. 1411)
  • 1525 – Jakob Fugger, German banker and businessman (b. 1459)
  • 1572 – Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect, designed the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (b. 1512)
  • 1573 – Giovanni Battista Giraldi, Italian author and poet (b. 1504)
  • 1591 – Pope Innocent IX (b. 1519)
  • 1621 – Job of Manyava, Ukrainian monk and saint (b. 1550)
  • 1640 – John Francis Regis, French priest and saint (b. 1597)
  • 1644 – Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist, physiologist, and physician (b. 1577)
  • 1662 – Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria (b. 1628)
  • 1769 – Nicholas Taaffe, 6th Viscount Taaffe, Irish-Austrian soldier and courtier (b. 1685)
  • 1777 – Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria (b. 1727)
  • 1788 – Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian painter and academic (b. 1702)
  • 1803 – Francis Lewis, Welsh-American merchant and politician (b. 1713)
  • 1879 – Manuel de Araújo Porto-Alegre, Baron of Santo Ângelo, Brazilian poet and painter (b. 1806)
  • 1896 – José Rizal, Filipino ophthalmologist, journalist, and author (b. 1861)
  • 1908 – Thomas-Alfred Bernier, Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (b. 1844)
  • 1916 – Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic (b. 1869)
  • 1928 – Jean Collas, French rugby player and tug of war competitor (b. 1874)
  • 1937 – Hans Niels Andersen, Danish businessman, founded the East Asiatic Company (b. 1852)
  • 1940 – Childe Wills, American engineer (b. 1878)
  • 1941 – El Lissitzky, Russian photographer and architect (b. 1890)
  • 1944 – Romain Rolland, French author and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1866)
  • 1945 – Song Jin-woo, South Korean journalist and politician (b. 1889)
  • 1947 – Han van Meegeren, Dutch painter (b. 1889)
  • 1947 – Alfred North Whitehead, English-American mathematician and philosopher (b. 1861)
  • 1954 – Archduke Eugen of Austria (b. 1863)
  • 1955 – Rex Ingamells, Australian poet and author (b. 1913)
  • 1967 – Vincent Massey, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Governor General of Canada (b. 1887)
  • 1968 – Trygve Lie, Norwegian journalist and politician, 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (b. 1896)
  • 1970 – Sonny Liston, American boxer (b. 1932)
  • 1971 – Jo Cals, Dutch lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1914)
  • 1971 – Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist and academic (b. 1919)
  • 1979 – Richard Rodgers, American playwright and composer (b. 1902)
  • 1982 – Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter and illustrator (b. 1896)
  • 1983 – Violette Cordery, English race car driver (b. 1900)
  • 1986 – Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1988 – Yuli Daniel, Russian author and poet (b. 1925)
  • 1988 – Isamu Noguchi, American sculptor and landscaper (b. 1904)
  • 1990 – Raghuvir Sahay, Indian author, poet, and critic (b. 1929)
  • 1993 – İhsan Sabri Çağlayangil, Turkish lawyer and politician, 20th Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Irving “Swifty” Lazar, American talent agent (b. 1907)
  • 1993 – Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian-French physicist and academic (b. 1907)
  • 1994 – Dmitri Ivanenko, Ukrainian-Russian physicist and academic (b. 1904)
  • 1995 – Ralph Flanagan, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1914)
  • 1995 – Doris Grau, American voice actor and script supervisor (b. 1924)
  • 1996 – Lew Ayres, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1997 – Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese author and illustrator (b. 1926)
  • 1998 – Sam Muchnick, American wrestling promoter, co-founded the National Wrestling Alliance (b. 1905)
  • 1999 – Joff Ellen, Australian comedian and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1999 – Fritz Leonhardt, German engineer, co-designed the Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge and Fernsehturm Stuttgart (b. 1909)
  • 1999 – Des Renford, Australian swimmer (b. 1927)
  • 2000 – Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1909)
  • 2002 – Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2002 – Eleanor J. Gibson, American psychologist and academic (b. 1910)
  • 2002 – Mary Wesley, English author (b. 1912)
  • 2003 – John Gregory Dunne, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (b. 1932)
  • 2004 – Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2005 – Rona Jaffe, American novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2006 – Saddam Hussein, Iraqi general and politician, 5th President of Iraq (b. 1937)
  • 2006 – Terry Peck, Falkland Islander police officer and spy (b. 1938)
  • 2006 – Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2009 – Rowland S. Howard, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1959)
  • 2009 – Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesian journalist and politician, 4th President of Indonesia (b. 1940)
  • 2011 – Ronald Searle, English-French cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Philip Coppens, Belgian-American journalist and author (b. 1971)
  • 2012 – Beate Sirota Gordon, Austrian-American director and producer (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1909)
  • 2012 – Carl Woese, American microbiologist and biophysicist (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Dennis Ferguson, Australian sex offender (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Kinnaird R. McKee, American admiral (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – José María Maguregui, Spanish footballer and manager (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Eiichi Ohtaki, Japanese singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Johnny Orr, American basketball player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Terry Becker, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Jim Galloway, Scottish-Canadian clarinet player and saxophonist (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Luise Rainer, German-born American-British actress (b. 1910)
  • 2015 – Doug Atkins, American football player (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Howard Davis, Jr., American boxer and trainer (b. 1956)
  • 2015 – Mangesh Padgaonkar, Indian poet, playwright, and translator (b. 1929)
  • 2015 – Howard Pawley, Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Premier of Manitoba (b. 1934)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on December 30
  • Christian feast day:
    • Abraham the Writer
    • Anysia of Salonika
    • Egwin of Evesham
    • Frances Joseph-Gaudet (Episcopal Church)
    • Liberius of Ravenna
    • Pope Felix I
    • Ralph of Vaucelles
    • Roger of Cannae
    • December 30 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Day of the Declaration of Slovakia as an Independent Ecclesiastic Province (Slovakia)
  • Rizal Day (Philippines)
  • The fifth day of Kwanzaa. (United States)
  • The sixth of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Western Christianity)

 

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