December 30 in history: Death day of Vikram Sarabhai & Saddam Hussein

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Bengaluru, Dec 30: Today is Tuesday, December 30. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:

1803: The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans.

1853: The US bought 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in what is known as the Gadsden Purchase.


1865: Rudyard Kipling, English short-story writer, poet, and novelist was born in Bombay (now Mumbai).

1905: Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg was assassinated.

1906: The All India Muslim League was founded in Dacca (now Dhaka)

1911: Sun Yat-sen was elected as the first president of the Republic of China.

1922: The USSR was formed through the confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, and Transcaucasian Federation.

1949: India recognised the People's Republic of China.

1965: Ferdinand E Marcos was sworn in as the Philippines' sixth president.

1971: Renowned nuclear scientist Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai passed away in Thiruvananthapuram.

1972: US President Richard Nixon halted the heavy bombing on North Vietnam.

1993: Israel and the Vatican signed an agreement of mutual recognition to end Jewish-Christian hostilities.

2006: Deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged in Khadimiya, Iraq.

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