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On December 30th, 1922, Vladimir
I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
On this date:
In 1853, the United States bought some 45,000
square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known
as the Gadsden Purchase.
In 1865, author
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India.
In 1903, about 600
people died when fire broke out at the Iroquois
Theater in Chicago.
In 1911, Sun
Yat-sen was elected the first president of the
Republic of China.
In 1936, the
United Auto Workers union staged its first
"sit-down" strike, at the Fisher Body
Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan.
In 1944, King
George the Second of Greece proclaimed a regency
to rule his country, virtually renouncing the
In 1947, King
Michael of Romania agreed to abdicate, but
charged he was being forced off the throne by
In 1948, the Cole
Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" opened
In 1972, the
United States halted its heavy bombing of North
In 1993, Israel
and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other.
Ten years ago: A
Northwest Airlines DC-10, which had been the
target of a telephoned threat, flew safely from
Paris to Detroit with 17 passengers aboard amid
Five years ago: US
Army helicopter pilot Bobby Hall walked to
freedom 13 days after he was captured by North
Korea in a shootdown that claimed the life of
co-pilot David Hilemon. A gunman walked into a
pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and
opened fire, killing two employees and wounding
five other people (John C. Salvi the Third was
later convicted of murder; he committed suicide
One year ago: Weak
but radiant with pride, Nkem Chukwu, the mother
of the Houston octuplets, went home from the
"The meek shall
inherit the earth -- if that's all right with