Almanac: Monday, December 30, 2013
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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1813 British troops burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

1853 The United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

1860 Ten days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the state militia seized the United States Arsenal in Charleston.

1903 About 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.

1922 Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

1936 The United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.)

1940 California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened by Gov. Culbert L. Olson.

1948 The Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate opened on Broadway.

In The Star

Dec. 30, 1938, in The Star: Tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 downtown Anniston shoppers will be interviewed for WHMA radio’s live “Man on the Street” program. Announcers Allen Brown and Freddy Lemieux will position themselves at a busy point on Noble Street and ask shoppers what their plans are for 1939. Also this date: Deaths caused directly by playing football were down in 1938, according to a report given today to the NCAA and a football coaches association. The total was 17: eight occurred in high school, four in sandlot, three in athletic clubs and two in college games. There were 13 deaths recorded indirectly from football, such as heart failure, pneumonia and the like. The report attributes the steep reduction in deaths since the peak year of 1931 to better equipment and more competent supervision.

Dec. 30, 1988, in The Star: It appears the Anniston Army Depot will not be renamed after the late Congressman Bill Nichols. The name of the depot will only be changed if the people of Calhoun County are unified in support of the move, Maj. Dick Bridges, an Army spokesman, said yesterday. “Until the community decides what it wants to do, I guarantee the Army will continue to call it the Anniston Army Depot,” Bridges said from Washington. Earlier this week, the Anniston City Council unanimously agreed to oppose renaming the facility. Last week, both the Calhoun County Commission and Chamber of Commerce voted to support such a move. Last night, the Piedmont City Council also unanimously approved supporting the name change. The idea to rename the depot was proposed by fellow U.S. Rep. Bill Dickinson, R-Montgomery, shortly after Nichols, 70, died Dec. 13 of a heart attack in Washington. Gerald Powell, who is in charge of military affairs for the Chamber of Commerce, said he would like to see the depot named after both Nichols and Anniston — perhaps the Nichols-Anniston Depot or the Anniston-Nichols Depot.

Birthdays for December 30

Actor Joseph Bologna is 79. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 79. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 78. Actor Jack Riley is 78. TV director James Burrows is 73. Singer-musician Michael Nesmith is 71. Singer Patti Smith is 67. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 66. "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer is 56. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 54. Rock musician Rob Hotchkiss is 53. Sprinter Ben Johnson is 52. Actor George Newbern is 50. Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) is 44. Rock musician Byron McMackin (Pennywise) is 44. Actress Meredith Monroe is 44. Golfer Tiger Woods is 38. TV personality-boxer Laila Ali is 36. Actress Lucy Punch is 36. Rock musician Tim Lopez (Plain White T's) is 33. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 31. NBA player LeBron James is 29.

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The cover story for this week's edition of TV Star features an article on the ABC presentation "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014." To view only the television listings for the week, please click here.

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