December 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 30




December 30th is the day we officially celebrate Bicarbonate of Soda Day and Bacon Day.

We’d like to give you a warm welcome to day 365 of the year! And that only means one thing, we’re just 1 day away from the end of the year!

Let us quench your thirst for knowledge with these incredibly interesting historical events that all happened on December 30th throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 2005, Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Atlantic Ocean? It was one of only two Atlantic tropical cyclones to span two calendar years.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about December 30th in history!


What memorable events happened on December 30 in history? Keep reading to find out!


A bombing took place on a trolleybus in Russia.

In Volgograd, Russia, 16 people were killed in a bomb attack on a trolleybus, leaving 41 injured. A terrorist Jihadist organization later took claim for the attack.


The Madrid Barajas International Airport was bombed.

A van bomb exploded in the Terminal 4 parking area of the airport, which killed two and injured 52. Claim for the attack was taken by a separatist group, ETA – Euskadi Ta Askatasuna.


Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean.

OTD in 2005: Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean.

It tied the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.


The Wilaya of Relizane massacre occurred, 400 people were killed from four villages. It was the worst incident in Algeria’s insurgency.


Stevie Wonder released “That Girl,” which went on to win Billboard Song of the Year.


Frank Sinatra first recorded “My Way,” with lyrics written by Paul Anka based on the French song “Comme d’habitude.”


California’s first freeway, Arroyo Seco Parkway, officially opened to traffic.

OTD in 1940: California's first freeway


The American drama movie “Of Mice and Men” was released in the US.


Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announced the existence of other galactic systems at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.


The founding of the Soviet Union was announced.

OTD in 1922: The founding of the Soviet Union was announced.

The formation of the USSR was formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre. The Soviet Union was organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR, and Transcaucasian SSR.


Frank Steunenberg, the former governor of Idaho, was assassinated outside his home.

A miner named Harry Orchard was arrested for the assassination and was later sentenced to life in prison. Orchard attempted to implicate the leaders of a radical miner’s union in the plot, but the leaders were all acquitted.


Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major premiered in Vienna.

While it took Brahms 21 years to complete his first symphony, he composed his second symphony over the summer of 1877.


The United States bought 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico.

OTD in 1853: The United States bought 45

Known as the Gadsden Purchase, this deal was finalized in 1854.


British forces retaliated against the United States and burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Ellie Goulding. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.


LeBron James


Basketball Player

LeBron James


39 years old

Born In:

Ohio, USA


Kim Tae-hyung

South Korean


Kim Tae-hyung


28 years old

Born In:

Daegu, South Korea


Ellie Goulding


Pop Singer

Ellie Goulding


37 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Tiger Woods



Tiger Woods


48 years old

Born In:

California, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, December 30th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Grigori Rasputin



Grigori Rasputin



Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Rasputin was a Russian peasant born on January 21, 1869. He died on this day in 1916, at age 47 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Died On:

Dec 30, 1916 (Age 47)

Died In:

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

December 30: National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
United States

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

90% of American households keep a box of bicarbonate of soda tucked away in their kitchens, and they’re pretty right to do so! This simple white powder isn’t just great for baking; it helps clean almost anything. So celebrate today by finding a new use for it in your home.

December 30: National Bacon Day
United States

National Bacon Day

It’s no surprise that bacon has developed an immense cult following; it’s just so good you almost can’t believe it. So, if you weren’t already getting enough bacon in your life, today is Bacon Day. You can simply eat strips of bacon today or do something a little fancier with it – we don’t mind!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Garfield phones have been washing up on a beach in France for over 20 years. A shipping container fell off the cargo ship in a storm, and the locals can do nothing about it.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on December 30th shares the star sign of Capricorn.

Capricorns are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most hardworking of all star signs.

The Blue Topaz birthstone is given to people born in December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it by recharging the body, mind, and spirit.

If you were born on Dec 30, you were likely conceived on the week of April 8 in the same year.

The due date for a baby conceived on December 30th, 2024, is around September 22nd, 2025.


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