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 - Meredith Vieira
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1953: Journalist and game show host Meredith Vieira (left), best known as the original moderator on "The View" and for co-hosting "Today" from 2006 to 2011, is born in East Providence, Rhode Island. Vieira is also known as the original host of the syndicated version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

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