►Today is Sunday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2012. There is one day left in the year.
►Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 77. Director James Burrows is 72. Musician Michael Nesmith is 70. Singer Patti Smith is 66. TV host Meredith Vieira is 59. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is 57. Today cohost Matt Lauer is 55. Actress Tracey Ullman is 53. TV commentator Sean Hannity is 51. Sprinter Ben Johnson is 51.Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) is 43.Golfer Tiger Woods is 37. Boxer Laila Ali is 35. NBA player LeBron James is 28.
►In 1853, the US agreed to buy 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in the Gadsden Purchase.
►In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago.
►In 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the start of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
►In 1936, the United Auto Workers staged its first ‘‘sit-down’’ strike at a GM plant in Flint, Mich.
►In 1948, the Cole Porter musical ‘‘Kiss Me, Kate’’ opened on Broadway.
►In 1972, the US halted heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
►In 2006, Iraqis awoke to news that Saddam Hussein had been hanged.