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 - Del Shannon
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1934: Rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Del Shannon, best known for his 1961 No. 1 hit song "Runaway" and other songs such as "Hats Off to Larry," "So Long, Baby" and "Little Town Flirt," is born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Shannon, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 55 on Feb. 8, 1990.

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