On this day: December 30

Published On: Dec 08 2013 11:57:10 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 30 2015 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 - Sonny Liston
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1970: Former world heavyweight champion boxer Charles "Sonny" Liston dies in his Las Vegas home. His body was discovered on Jan. 5, 1971, when his wife Geraldine returned home from a trip. While police initially concluded that Liston had died from a heroin overdose, an autopsy was inconclusive and his death was officially labeled the result of lung congestion and heart failure. Liston won the world heavyweight title by knocking out Floyd Patterson in 1962 and successfully defended his title against Patterson in 1963 before losing two straight matches to Muhammad Ali in 1964-65. His exact age at death is unclear as his birthdate is unknown. He settled on a date of March 8, 1932, for official purposes, which would have made him 38 at the time of his death, but it is believed he could have actually been several years older.

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