What Happened on December 30?

  • Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galaxies. (1924) Hubble had recently discovered the Andromeda galaxy, the first known galaxy outside of our solar system. His discovery was the first indication of the true size of the universe.

  • The Selective Service sent a warning to Mickey Mouse. (1980) The Selective Service said that Mickey was in violation of military draft registration laws, since he did not fill out a draft card. Disney sent back Mickey's completed draft card, that listed his age as 52, and demonstrated that he was a veteran of World War II, and therefore did not need to register for the draft.

  • The first color TV set was sold in the US. (1953) The Admiral Color television set had about a 15 inch (38 cm) screen, and cost about $1,000 US Dollars (USD) at the time.

  • The Beatles legally disbanded. (1974) Bassist Paul McCartney moved to dissolve the group in 1970, but legal wrangling over rights and royalties kept the band together until 1974.

  • The USSR was established. (1922) The communist USSR formed after years of revolution in the Russian empire. It was the first country in the world to be based on Marxist socialism, and would go on to be a major rival to the democratic US.

  • Masquerade balls were forbidden in Boston. (1809) It was illegal to wear masks at a ball in Boston because the citizens felt it would be "detrimental to morals."

  • The FDA began banning ephedra in the US. (2003) Ephedra had been a popular weight loss herb, but it was later found to be 700 times more dangerous than other supplements like ginkgo or kava. Side effects of ephedra include everything from heart palpitations to stroke and death.

  • The Ginza metro line opened in Tokyo. (1927) It was one of the first underground railways in Asia, and was so popular that people would wait in line for hours just to take a 5 minute trip.

  • The first coffee bushes were planted in Hawaii. (1817) Hawaii's Kona coffee is famous world-wide, but the plant is not native to the islands. The first coffee bushes were brought to Hawaii by Don Francisco de Paula Marin, a Spanish sailor who later became an interpreter in Hawaii. Marin was also responsible for producing Hawaii's first cotton and pineapple harvests, as well as its first wine.

  • The first music concert was held in the US. (1731) It was held in engraver Peter Pelham's great room, and was advertised as a "concert of sundry instruments." Admission was five shillings a ticket, and late arrivals were strictly forbidden from entering.

Frequently Asked Questions

What significant historical events occurred on December 30?

December 30 has been a day of notable historical events. For instance, on December 30, 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed, marking a significant shift in global politics. Additionally, on this day in 1853, the United States bought approximately 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase, which is now part of Arizona and New Mexico, shaping the U.S. territorial boundaries.

Are there any important scientific or technological milestones that happened on December 30?

Yes, December 30 has seen scientific advancements. For example, on December 30, 1924, astronomer Edwin Hubble announced the discovery that the Andromeda "nebula" is actually a galaxy, and that the Milky Way is only one of many such galaxies in the universe. This revelation expanded our understanding of the cosmos and our place within it.

Has December 30 been significant in the world of entertainment or culture?

Indeed, December 30 has had its cultural highlights. On December 30, 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Michigan. This event was pivotal in labor history and had a lasting impact on workers' rights and unionization in the United States.

What notable figures were born on December 30?

Several prominent individuals celebrate their birthdays on December 30. Among them is Rudyard Kipling, the British author and poet born in 1865, known for his works such as "The Jungle Book" and "If—". Also, Tiger Woods, one of the most successful golfers of all time, was born on this day in 1975, influencing the sport significantly.

Have any major political events taken place on December 30?

Major political events have indeed occurred on December 30. A prime example is the founding of the USSR in 1922, which altered the geopolitical landscape of the 20th century. Additionally, on December 30, 2006, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was executed, an event that marked the end of a significant chapter in Iraq's history and had widespread international implications.

Discussion Comments


Can anyone tell me some famous December 30 birthdays? That's my birthday, and I'd like to know what celebrities I share it with.


I can't believe that the first color TV cost $1,000! That was a ton of money back then, and some of the new ones today cost that much. Only the wealthy could have afforded one at that time.


December 30 has a history that is quite varied! I'm surprised that some of these events were even recorded.

It is funny that the Selective Service thought that Mickey Mouse needed to serve his country. I suppose that this one was recorded for its humor.

We have a record of the most random events, it seems! I suppose it is good to look back and laugh.


Wow, the first music concert was in the 1700s? I would have thought that concerts would have been held way before this!

Maybe it was the first concert to charge admission. Perhaps it was the first one to be held indoors, since I'm sure it was cold on December 30th.

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