It happened today – this day in history – December 30

1460: The Duke of York is killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for Henry VI at the Battle Of Wakefield in the Wars of the Roses.

1621: James I cracks the Protestation of Parliament.

1703: An earthquake hits Tokyo, killing 37,000.

1835: The Georgia gold rush forces Cherokees to move across the Mississippi River.

1865: Author Rudyard Kipling is born in Bombay.

1877: Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna.

1879: Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” premieres.

1884: Anton Bruckner’s 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig.

1897: The province of Zululand is annexed to Natal colony.

1903: An electric arc lamp sets fire to the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history.

1906: Persia becomes a constitutional monarchy.

1944: King George II of Greece, abdicates.

1947: King Michael of Romania is forced to abdicate his throne by communists, sending him into exile as the country is declared a republic.

1950: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union.

1958: Fidel Castro’s Cuban rebels edge closer to Havana in a bid to overthrow the military regime of President Batista.

1965: Ferdinand Marcos is inaugurated as President of the Philippines.

Singles chart:

  1. We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper – The Beatles
  2. Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) – Cliff Richard
  3. The River – Ken Dodd
  4. The Carnival Is Over – The Seekers
  5. Tears – Ken Dodd
  6. My Ship Is Coming In – The Walker Brothers
  7. My Generation – The Who
  8. 1-2-3 – Len Barry
  9. A Lovers’ Concerto – The Toys
  10. Let’s Hang On – The Four Seasons

1967: Songwriter Bert Berns dies of heart failure aged 38.


1968: Frank Sinatra records “My Way”, a French melody with English lyrics by Paul Anka.

1969: Peter Tork quits The Monkees, buying himself out of his contract which leaves him broke.

1970: Boxer Sonny Liston dies aged 40.

1972: US President Richard Nixon halts the bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks.

1974: The Beatles’ business partnership is legally disbanded.

1979: Composer Richard Rodgers dies aged 77.

1994: Two women are shot dead when a gunman opens fire at two neighbouring abortion clinics in a suburb of Boston.

1999: George Harrison is stabbed in the chest when he confronts an intruder at his home in Henley-on-Thames. Wife Olivia fights the attacker off by hitting him over the head with a lamp.

2002: Singer Diana Ross is arrested for drink driving in Tuscon, Arizona.

2004: Bandleader Artie Shaw (Arthur Arshawsky) dies aged 94.

2006: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is hanged aged 69.

2011: Actor David Tennant marries actress Georgia Moffett, the daughter of another former Doctor Who, Peter Davison.

2012: Rita Ora – Ora

2012: Album chart:

  1. Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande
  2. Right Plance Right Time – Olly Murs
  3. Unapologetic – Rihanna
  4. Chritmas – Michael Buble
  5. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
  6. Take Me Home – One Direction
  7. 18 Month – Calvin Harri
  8. Ora – Rita Ora
  9. The Very Best Of – Neil Diamond
  10. Take The Crown – Robbie Williams

2014: Actress Louise Rainer dies aged 104.

2016: Alan Williams, The Beatles’ first manager, dies aged 86. On the same day, Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

2018: Singer Miley Cyrus marries actor Liam Hemsworth.

2021: A winter wildfire destroys nearly 1000 homes at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, in suburban neighborhoods between Boulder and Denver.

BIRTHDAYS: Patti Smith, songwriter/poet.76; Clive Bunker, drummer (Jethro Tull) 76; Jeff Lynne, singer-songwriter/producer (ELO) 75; Tracy Ullman, actress, 63; Charlie Nicholas, football pundit, 61; Jay Kay, singer-songwriter (Jamiroquai) 53; Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) keyboards (Faithless) 52; Tiger (Eldrick) Woods, golfer, 45; Lucy Punch, actress, 45; Eliza Dushku, actress, 42; Kristin Kreuk, actress, 40; Ellie Goulding, singer-songwriter, 36; Caity (Caitlin) Lotz, actress, 36; Ollie Watkins, footballer, 27.