On This Day

What Happened on December 30

Important 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
  • 1906 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan
  • 1922 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR
  • 1924 Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society
  • 1950 Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union
  • More Historical Events

Dec 30 in Film & TV

  • 1953 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
  • 1968 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Dec 30 in Sport

  • 1939 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

Did You Know?

Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball

On December 30, 1907

Would You Believe?

Dinner party held inside life-sized model of an Iguanodon (ornithopod dinosaur), created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in South London

On December 30, 1853

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 cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

Famous Divorces

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

More Weddings & Divorces