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 - Grigori Rasputin
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1916: Grigori Rasputin, the peasant and mystic who wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, is murdered by a group of noblemen. Although the exact details of the murder are murky, Rasputin was most likely poisoned and then shot and clubbed to death when the poison didn't kill him. His attackers then dumped his body into a ice hole on the Malaya Nevka River, where the body was recovered two days later.

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