On this day: December 30

Published On: Dec 08 2013 11:57:10 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 30 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

Rasputin is murdered, the Soviet Union is formed, California's first freeway opens, Ted Bundy escapes for the second time, George Harrison is attacked, and Saddam Hussein is executed, all on this day.

OTD December 30 - Iroquois Theater
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1903: A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago kills at least 605. The blaze, which started when an arc light shorted out and sparks ignited a curtain, is the deadliest theater fire and the deadliest single-building fire in United States history.

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