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30th December

1672 The first public concert was held in London.

1865 * Rudyard Kipling, Indian-born English author who wrote The Jungle Book (1880).

1879 Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance premiered in Devon, Britain.

1911 Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.

1916 Gregory Yefimovich Rasputin, Russian monk and mystic was murdered.

1922 * Jack Lord, US actor who starred in the TV series Hawaii Five O.

1922 Russia officially became the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

1928 * Bo Didley (Elias McCombe), US singer, songwriter and guitarist.

1947 A communist republic was formed when King Michael of Romania abdicated.

1957 * Tracy Ullman, English comedienne and actress.

1958 Thousands died in the bloodiest fighting in Cuba's history as rebels threatened to overthrow the military regime of President Batista.

1965 Ferdinand Marcos became president of the Philippines.

1986 More than 200 canary birds were phased out of Britain's mining pits and replaced by hand-held gas detectors.

1993 Israel and the Vatican signed an agreement of mutual recognition.

2002 Singer Diana Ross was stopped and arrested by the police for drinking and driving after her car was seen swerving across a road.

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