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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 - Patti Smith
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1946: Singer-songwriter Patti Smith, part of the 1970s New York City punk scene known as the "Godmother of Punk," is born in Chicago, Ill. Smith's best known song is "Because the Night," which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.

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