What are the important events that happened on December 30? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 30: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 30 is the 365th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There is one day remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 17, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,483,056,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectahexacontapentagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 29 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,470 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 30 Historical Events

  • 1460
    Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield.
  • 1853
    Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.
  • 1924
    Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies.
  • 1927
    The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1965
    Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines.
  • 1981
    In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.
  • 1996
    Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers who shut down services across Israel.
  • 2005
    Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.
  • 2006
    The Indonesian passenger ferry MV Senopati Nusantara sinks in a storm, resulting in at least 400 deaths.
  • 2011
    Due to a change of time zone the day is skipped in Samoa and Tokelau.

Who were born on December 30?

  • 1904
    Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer (d. 1987)
  • 1942
    Guy Edwards, English racing driver
  • 1942
    Michael Nesmith, American singer and musician (The Monkees)
  • 1945
    Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1954
    Barry Greenstein, American poker player
  • 1956
    Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress
  • 1961
    Douglas Coupland, Canadian author
  • 1963
    Chandler Burr, American author
  • 1978
    Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • 1981
    Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer

Who died on December 30?

  • 1218
    Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1162)
  • 1662
    Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria (b. 1628)
  • 1979
    Richard Rodgers, American composer (b. 1902)
  • 1993
    Mack David, American lyricist and songwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Maureen Starkey, wife of Ringo Starr (b. 1946)
  • 1996
    Lew Ayres, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Themis Cholevas, Greek basketball player (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)

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