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History, Happenings, Birthdays

Published Dec 30, 2012 at 04:00AM

It’s Sunday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2012. There is one day left in the year.

History

Highlight: In 1962, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16-7 in the NFL Championship Game; the event was filmed by Blair Motion Pictures, which later became NFL Films.

In 1813, the British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

In 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.

In 1860, 10 days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the state militia seized the United States Arsenal in Charleston.

In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.

In 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until February.)

In 1940, California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.

In 1948, the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate” opened on Broadway.

In 1965, Ferdinand Marcos was inaugurated for his first term as president of the Philippines.

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

In 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees. (John Salvi was later convicted of murder; he died in prison.)

In 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.

Ten years ago: A suspected extremist killed three U.S. missionaries at a Baptist hospital in Yemen. (The gunman, Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, was executed in Feb. 2006.) China catapulted a fourth unmanned craft into orbit.

Five years ago: Benazir Bhutto’s 19-year-old son, Bilawal Zardari, was named symbolic leader of her Pakistan Peoples Party, while her husband took effective control.

One year ago: North Korea warned the world there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea’s government following Kim Jong Il’s death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir’s authority with a new title: “Great Leader.”

Happenings

Fiscal cliff — If Senate leaders reach a deal, they could present it to the Democratic and Republican caucuses to gauge support for a vote as early as today. A1, A4

Birthdays

Actor Joseph Bologna is 78. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 78. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 77. Actor Jack Riley is 77. Actress Concetta Tomei is 67. Singer Patti Smith is 66. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 65. TV host Meredith Vieira is 59. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is 57. Actress Patricia Kalember is 56. “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer is 55. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 53. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 51. Sprinter Ben Johnson is 51. Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) is 43. Actress Meredith Monroe is 43. Actor Daniel Sunjata is 41. Actress Maureen Flannigan is 40. Actor Jason Behr is 39. Golfer Tiger Woods is 37. TV personality-boxer Laila Ali is 35. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 30. NBA player LeBron James is 28. Pop-rock singer Ellie Goulding is 26.

— From wire reports

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