Today in History….December 30

On this day in . . .

  1066, the Granada massacre: A Muslim mob storms the royal palace in Granada, crucifies Jewish vizier (a high-ranking political advisor or minister ) Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacres most of the Jewish population of the city. The modern State of Israel was created in 1948

  1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase

  1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed

  1924, Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies

  1936, the United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike

  1948, the Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opens at the New Century Theatre and becomes the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award 

  1972, the Vietnam War: The United States halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam

  1977, for the second time, serial killer Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado 

  1993, Israel and Vatican City establish diplomatic relations

  2006, Iraqis awoke to news that Saddam Hussein had been hanged; victims of his three decades of autocratic rule took to the streets to celebrate

  2010, Republican Lisa Murkowski was officially named winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race following a period of legal fights and limbo that had lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged to keep her job

  2011, due to a change of time zone the day is skipped in Samoa and Tokelau 

   2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized because of a blood clot, the State Department said. The clot, or thrombus, was discovered during a routine MRI while Clinton recuperated from a recent concussion 


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