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 - George Harrison
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1999: Michael Abram breaks into George Harrison's estate near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, and repeatedly stabs the former Beatle with a kitchen knife, puncturing his lung and narrowly missing his heart. Abram then attacked Harrison's wife, Olivia, who was able to subdue him by striking him with a lamp. Abram was arrested and eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed to a psychiatric hospital, where he stayed until mid-2002. Harrison (seen here in 1996) died from lung cancer about two years after the attack.

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