On this day: December 30

POSTED: 9:57 PM PST December 8, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST December 29, 2015 

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 - Luise Rainer
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2014: German-American film actress Luise Rainer dies from pneumonia at age 104 in London, England. Rainer, seen here in 2011, won back-to-back Oscars in the 1930s for "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth" only to quit Hollywood at the height of her fame. She was the first actor to win multiple Academy Awards and the first person to win them consecutively. At the time of her death, she also was the longest-lived individual ever to have received an Oscar.


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