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 - Davy Jones
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1945: Davy Jones, the actor-turned-singer who helped propel the TV rock band The Monkees to the top of the pop charts and into rock 'n' roll history, is born in Openshaw, Manchester, England. Jones, who sang lead vocals on The Monkees' hits "Daydream Believer" and "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," died of a massive heart attack at age 66 on Feb. 29, 2012.

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