December 30, 2016 GMT

Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2016. There is one day left in the year.

Today’s highlight

On Dec. 30, 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” who wielded considerable influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg.

On this date

In 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India.

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich.

In 1965, Ferdinand Marcos was inaugurated for his first term as president of the Philippines.

In 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees. John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he died in prison of an apparent suicide.

Today’s birthdays

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 81. Singer Patti Smith is 70. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 57. Golfer Tiger Woods is 41. Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is 38. NBA player LeBron James is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Andra Day is 32. Pop-rock singer Ellie Goulding is 30.