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Today is Thursday, December 30, the 364th day of 2021. There is one day left in the year.

Today’s highlight

On December 30, 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted almost seven decades before dissolving in December 1991.

To this date

In 1813, British troops burned Buffalo, New York, during the War of 1812.

In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the United States agreed to purchase some 45,000 square miles of land in Mexico for $ 10 million under an agreement known as Gadsden purchase name.

In 1860, 10 days after South Carolina’s secession from the Union, state militia captured the United States Arsenal in Charleston.

In 1954, Olympic gold medalist Malvin G. Whitfield became the first black recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award for Amateur Athletes.

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In 1972, the United States ended its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

In 2006, a state funeral service was held in the rotunda of the United States Capitol for former President Gerald R. Ford.

In 2015, Bill Cosby was charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004; it was the first criminal case brought against the comedian following the torrent of allegations which destroyed his good-natured image as “America’s father”.

In 2020 Samuel Little, who officials said was the most prolific serial killer in US history with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died aged 80 in California, where he was serving a life sentence.

Today’s birthdays

Baseball Hall of Fame Sandy Koufax is 86 years old. Folk singer Noel Paul Stookey is 84 years old. Actor Fred Ward is 79 years old. Singer Patti Smith is 75 years old. Singer-rock musician Jeff Lynne is 74 years old. TV personality Meredith Vieira is 68 years old. Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph is 66. Actress Patricia Kalember is 65 years old. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 65. Actress and comedian Tracey Ullman is 62 years old. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 60 years old. Sprinter Ben Johnson is 60 years old. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is 58 years old. Actor George Newbern is 58 years old. Director Bennett Miller is 55. Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) is 52 years old. Rock musician Byron McMackin (Pennywise) is 52 years old. Actor Meredith Monroe is 52 years old. Actor Daniel Sunjata is 50 years old. Actor Maureen Flannigan is 49 years old. Actor Jason Behr is 48 years old. Golfer Tiger Woods is 46 years old. Boxer TV personality Laila Ali is 44 years old. Actress Lucy Punch is 44 years old. Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is 43 years old. Actress Eliza Dushku is 41 years old. Rock musician Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s) is 41 years old. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 39 years old. Folk-rock singer and musician Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) is 39 years old. NBA star LeBron James is 37 years old. R&B singer Andra Day is 37 years old. Actress Anna Wood is 36 years old. Pop-rock singer Ellie Goulding is 35 years old. Actor Caity Lotz is 35 years old. Actor Jeff Ward is 35 years old. Country musician Eric Steedly is 31 years old.

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