On December 30:
39 Titus, Roman emperor was born.
1066 Granada massacre: A Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, crucified Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacred most of the Jewish population of the city.
1460 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield.
1835 Charles Darwin left New Zealand after a nine day visit.
This red gurnard was collected by Charles Darwin when the Beagle visited the Bay of Islands.
Rudyard Kipling, English writer, Nobel laureate, was born.
1916 The last coronation in Hungary iw performed for King Charles IV and Queen Zita.
King Charles IV taking his coronation oath on 30 December 1916
1919 – Lincoln’s Inn in London admitted its first female bar student.
1922 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.
1924 Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies.
1927 The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opened in Tokyo, Japan.
One of the original 1000 series cars.
1931 Skeeter Davis, American singer, was born.
1937 Noel Paul Stookey, American folk singer (Peter, Paul & Mary), was born.
1940 California opened its first freeway the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
1945 Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), was born.
1947 King Michael of Romania was forced to abdicate by the Soviet-backed Communist government of Romania.
1947 Jeff Lynne, English musician (ELO), was born.
1948 The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opened at the New Century Theatre and was the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award.
1950 Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish computer scientist, creator of C++, was born.
1953 The first ever NTSC colour television sets went on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
1959 Tracey Ullman, English actress and singer, was born.
1965 Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines.
1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer, was born.
1993 Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.
2004 A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 194.
Relatives of the deceased in the fire light candles in a public protest against the perceived lack of control by the government.
2005 Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.
2006 Madrid Barajas International Airport was bombed.
2006 Deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein, convicted of the executions of 148 Iraqi Shiites, was executed.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.