1813: The city of Buffalo, New York is burned by British soldiers during the War of 1812.
1816: Several treaties are proclaimed in the area of St. Louis, Missouri between the United States government and the Ottawa, Potawatomi and Ojibwa Indian tribes. These are collectively known as the Treaty of St. Louis.
1825: The U.S government and the Shawnee Nation proclaim The Treaty of St. Louis.
1853: In order to make it easier to build a railroad through the Southwest, the U.S government buys land from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase.
1903: The Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois catches fire. Over six hundred people are killed in the blaze. However, not all of the deaths were reported because some of them were removed from the scene.
1936: The United Auto Workers has its first sit-down strike on this day.
1972: The U.S Military stops heavy bombing in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
2008: Saddam Hussein is put to death.
2009: At the Forward Operating Base Chapman – a top facility run by the CIA in Afghanistan – a suicide bomber kills 9 people.
2013: Anti-government troops attack key buildings in Kinshasa, Congo and more than a hundred people are killed as a result.
Famous Birthdays on December 30
Indian-English author, poet and Nobel Prize laureate, Rudyard Kipling is born in 1865.
English actress Mary Forbes is born in 1883.
English singer-songwriter and actor, Davy Jones is born in 1945.
American director and screenwriter, Lloyd Kaufman is born in 1945.
American actress Concetta Tomei is born in 1945.
American singer-songwriter Patti Smith is born in 1946.
American journalist and author Lewis Shiner is born in 1950.
American golfer Tiger Woods is born in 1975
American rapper Kastro is born in 1976.
American boxer Laila Ali is born in 1977.
American ice hockey player, Rob Scuderi is born in 1978.