December 30

1853

The United States bought some 45,000 sq mi of land from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase.

1911

Sun Yat-sen was elected the first president of the Republic of China.

1922

The Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics was established through the confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, and Transcaucasian Federation.

1940

California's first freeway opened.

1972

President Nixon halted the heavy bombing on North Vietnam.

1993

Israel and the Vatican signed an agreement of mutual recognition to put an end to Jewish-Christian hostilities.

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