THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2016. There is one day left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1853: The United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
IN THE WORLD
1916: Grigory Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” who wielded considerable influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Actor Russ Tamblyn is 82. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 81. Singer Patti Smith is 70. TV personality Meredith Vieira is 63. “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer is 59. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 57. Golfer Tiger Woods is 41. TV personality-boxer Laila Ali is 39. Folk-rock singer-musician Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) is 34. NBA player LeBron James is 32.