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 - Wayne Gretzky
28 / 31
Edmonton Archives

1981: In the 39th game of his third NHL season, Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers, giving him 50 on the year and setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy, who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.

Upload Photos / Videos