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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 - Saddam Hussein
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2006: Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, is executed by hanging at Camp Justice, an Iraqi army base in Kadhimiya, a neighborhood of northeast Baghdad. He had been convicted on Nov. 5, 2006, for crimes committed against residents of Dujail, Iraq, in 1982, following a failed assassination attempt against him.

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