December 30th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
December 30th History Highlights
December 30th is…
Falling Needles Family Fest Day
Festival of Enormous Changes @ The Last Minute
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
December 30th Birthday Quotes
If you can keep your head when all about you
I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I’m about to get.
I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob.
Don’t let your mouth write a check that your tail can’t cash.
December 30th Birthdays
1865 – Rudyard Kipling, Indian-English author (died in 1936)
1876 – Simon Guggenheim, American businessman (died in 1941)
1914 – Bert Parks, American actor and beauty pageant host (died in 1992)
1928 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2008)
1931 – Skeeter Davis, American singer-songwriter (died in 2004)
1934 – Joseph Bologna, American actor (died in 2017)
1934 – Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter(died in 1990)
1935 – Jack Riley, American actor (died in 2016)
1937 – Paul Stookey, American singer-songwriter
1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer-songwriter, Monkee
1942 – Fred Ward, American character actor
1945 – Davy Jones, English singer-songwriter and actor, Monkee (died in 2012)
1946 – Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet
1947 – Jeff Lynne, English singer-songwriter
1953 – Meredith Vieira, American journalist
1959 – Tracey Ullman, English-American actress
1961 – Sean Hannity, American radio and television host
1973 – Jason Behr, American actor
1975 – Tiger Woods, American golfer
1980 – Eliza Dushku, American actress
1982 – Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
1986 – Caity Lotz, American actress
1992 – Carson Wentz, American football player
December 30th History
1610 – Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who had tortured and killed possibly hundreds of young girls for over a dozen years, was captured. She believed eating flash and bathing in their blood would keep her youthful.
1816 – The Treaty of St. Louis between the United States and the united Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi Indian tribes was proclaimed.
1825 – The Treaty of St. Louis between the United States and the Shawnee Nation was proclaimed.
1916 – Russian Mystic and political advisor Rasputin was murdered. He was a family friend and confidant of Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra.
1922- Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation formed the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).
1948 – Broadway Show – Kiss Me, Kate (Musical) December 30, 1948. It was based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew.
1951 – The Roy Rogers TV Show debuted on NBC.
1953 – The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando was released.
1968 – The Gonzaga ’68 bootleg was recorded at a western Washington State gym. The music was of the opening act, Vanilla Fudge, and was one of the earliest performances by Led Zeppelin. They were locally advertised as ‘Len Zefflin.’
1993 – Israel and Vatican City establish diplomatic relations.
1994 – Anti-abortionist John Salvi III killed two people and injured five more at an abortion clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts.
2011 -If you happened to be in Samoa at the end of 2011, you never experienced December 30, 2011. The country decided to change timezones, thus switching sides of the international date line and skipping December 30th altogether.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
A group of Swans (at rest) is called a Bevy or Bank or Herd. A group of Swans (in flight) is called a Wedge or Flight.
In 2011, a copy of Action Comics No 1 (the first comic featuring Superman) was found in an abandoned storage unit, estimated to be worth over $1 million. The comic actually belonged to Nicholas Cage, who had it stolen from his house 11 years earlier, and was returned to him.
The names Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint sound more made-up than Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Robert Stack (original host of the popular Unsolved Mysteries television show) was extremely skeptical about the segments involving paranormal occurrences. While recording his famous narrations, he would often turn to his producer in between takes and exclaim: “Oh, come on, Raymond!”
A group of Tasks is an Agenda.
In 1910, a series of books were published featuring a fictional boy-inventor by the name of Tom Swift. One of these books was titled “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.” Many years later, this led to the naming of the TASER that police now carry: “Tom A. Swift Electric Rifle”
If you do something which you are sure will meet with everyone’s approval, somebody won’t like it.
In 458 BC Roman farmer Lucius Cincinnatus was named absolute dictator of Rome during a crisis. After achieving victory he resigned and returned power to the senate.
His resignation of absolute authority is often cited as an example of outstanding leadership, serving the greater good and civic virtue.
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