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It happened on a… December 30

2006

Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is executed.

1992

Washington defenseman Al Iafrate becomes first player in NHL history to have his shot officially break 100 miles per hour; records 101.4 mph during the Capitals Superskills competition.

1981

In the 39th game of his third NHL season, Wayne Gretzky scores five goals, giving him 50 on the year and setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy, who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.

1953

The first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175.

1924

Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

1922

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.

1650

Fire destroys Ursuline convent at Quebec.

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