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December 30th, though nestled between the hustle of Christmas and the fanfare of New Year’s Eve, has its own unique constellation of observances.

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Interesting Facts of December 30th

  1. 1. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was established on December 30, 1922, bringing together Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Transcaucasian Federation (comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia).
  2. 2. December 30, 2006, marked the execution of Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq, who was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal.
  3. 3. On this day in 1853, the United States bought approximately 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. This added parts of present-day southern New Mexico and Arizona to the United States.
  4. 4. The American astronomer Edwin Hubble announced the discovery of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way on this day in 1924, fundamentally changing the scientific view of the universe.