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December 30
In 1853, the United States bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
In 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India.
In 1940, California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened by Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron.
In 1972, the United States halted heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
In 1994, U.S. Army helicopter pilot Bobby Hall walked to freedom 13 days after he was captured by North Korea; co-pilot David Hilemon died when the chopper was shot down.
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