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This Day in History for December 30

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1835 – Georgia gold rush forces the Cherokees to move across the Mississippi.

1854 – Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC.

1861 – US banks stops payment in gold.

1903 – Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history.

1907 – Abraham Mills’ commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball.

1924 – Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

1929 – Cole Porter’s musical “Wake Up & Dream” premieres in NYC.

1936 – United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant.

1948 – “Kiss Me, Kate” opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances.

1950 – “Sixty Minute Man” record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

1959 – George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned.

1963 – “Let’s Make A Deal,” debuts on NBC-TV.

1967 – Frank Sinatra first records “My Way” with lyrics written by Paul Anka and based on the French song “Comme d’habitude”

1972 – US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks.

1978 – Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach.

1980 – “Wonderful World of Disney” last performance on NBC-TV.

1988 – Oliver North subpoenas Reagan & Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial.

2003 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recuses himself and his office from the Plame affair.

2005 – Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.

2013 – NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins.