On this day: December 30

Published On: Dec 09 2013 12:57:10 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 30 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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.

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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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