What happened on January 30 News and Events on This Day in History
Major News Stories on 30th January include Adolf Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany, Mahatma Gandhi is Assassinated, Tet Offensive is Launched by Viet Cong, Magic Johnson Returns to Basketball After Retiring, Shoe-Bomber Sentenced
UK 1969 England The Beatles
30th January, 1969 : The Beatles make their last public performance giving an impromptu concert on the roof of the London recording studio. In April of the following year Paul McCartney formally announced the group's breakup.
U.S. 1943 U.S.A. Nat King Cole Trio
30th January, 1943 : The Nat King Cole Trio reaches the top of the charts with the song “That Ain’t Right.” It stays there for one week before dropping off the top spot.
1962 U.S.A. The Flying Wallendas
30th January, 1962 : While performing their seven-person chair pyramid on a high wire 35 feet in the air at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit the pyramid collapsed and after falling to the ground Richard Faughnan, Wallenda's son-in-law, and nephew Dieter Schepp are killed and adopted son, Mario, is paralyzed from the waist down.
Germany 1933 Germany Adolf Hitler
30th January, 1933 : Adolf Hitler the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or Nazi Party), becomes chancellor of Germany
India 1948 India Mahatma Gandhi
30th January, 1948 : After angering Hindu extremeists with his effort to bring peace to his beloved India by going on hunger strike to stop the fighting by his own countrymen and nearly dying from his fast Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a terrorist sponsored by a right-wing Hindu militia group.
U.S. 1977 U.S.A. Roots TV Mini Series
30th January, 1977 : The Roots Part VIII finale episode is aired on ABC and is listed in the Top 3 network primetime telecasts of all time in Percent of Households with 51.1%
1. 1983 --- M*A*S*H series finale: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" 60.2%
2. 1980 --- Dallas episode: "Who Done It?" aka "Who Shot J.R.?" 53.3%
3. 1977 --- Roots Part VIII (finale) 51.1%
Northern Ireland 1924 Northern Ireland Civil Rights Demonstrators
30th January, 1924 : Northern Ireland Civil Rights demonstrators were gunned down on this day in 1924. They were shot by British Army Paratroopers.
There were 13 demonstrators in all that last their lives for the Catholic cause in this locality (Northern Ireland). The marchers were in protest of certain British policies concerning the internment (holding) of alleged Irish nationalists. (Nationalists are citizens of a country fighting for independence.)
This was one event of many that happened during the time of this Northern Ireland crisis. This particular conflict had continued for a few decades after this. The climax of this particular Irish crisis occurred in 1969, which was when British troops were sent to this location (Ireland) in an attempt to squelch the nationalist movement.
Peace agreements between the British and Northern Ireland did not actually occurred until the late 1990s. Part of the peace agreement included the dissolution (discontinuation) of the IRA.
U.S. 1929 U.S.A. Gambling
30th January, 1929 : A newspaper report dated this date and year indicated that a total sum of $5,000 dollars was raised for families of convicted gamblers. This money was also raised by Washington support circles as an extra incentive to the gambling convicts to reveal ring leaders’ names in exchange for clemency (pardon).
The reason that the money was raised was because the guilty gamblers had turned down the first request for clemency. Gambling was considered a very controversial topic during this time-even more so than today.
U.S. 1930 U.S.A. Route 80
30th January, 1930 : Route 80 is expected to be paved as of this year from East Moline to Port Byron. After this project was to be completed, this road would extend to the Wisconsin state line
U.S. 1930 U.S.A. Federal Grant
30th January, 1930 : This was the first day that a play put on was supported by a federal grant. The name of the play that was produced was called The Family Upstairs, and it was created by the Civil Works Administration.
This first government intervention in the theatrical world opened a whole new door for future movie producers. Within three months 17 more plays were shown, and seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
South Korea 1952 Korea Truce Talks
Wednesday, 30th January, 1952 : After many weeks truce talks aimed at ending the fighting in the Korean War between North and South Korea remain unresolved. ( A truce is agreed eventualy in July 1953 )
U.S. 1961 U.S.A. State of The Union
30th January, 1961 : JFK’s State of the Union Address was very somber this year. It included a recount of the collapsing economy that had been happening for several months by this time.
Vietnam 1968 Vietnam Tet Offensive
30th January, 1968 : The Viet Cong launched surprise attacks in South Vietnam , beginning the Tet Offensive. The Communist offensive is one of the bloodiest of the war with thousands of Viet Cong suicide squads sent to certain death in an effort to humiliate the Americans and Vietnamese.
Northern Ireland 1972 Northern Ireland Civil Rights Demonstrators
30th January, 1972 : In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paras that becomes known as Bloody Sunday. British authorities had ordered the march banned, and sent troops to confront the demonstrators when it went ahead. The soldiers fired indiscriminately into the crowd of protesters, killing 13 and wounding 17.
Saudi Arabia 1991 Saudi Arabia Desert Storm 30th January, 1991 : Iraqi troops have seize control of a Al Khafji inside the Saudi Arabian border after a fierce battle in which both sides suffer casualties. This is now the 14th day of Desert Storm and shows the Iraqis are not beaten yet.
U.S. 1996 U.S.A. Magic Johnson
30th January, 1996 : Four years after retiring from professional basketball, NBA player Magic Johnson returned to the Los Angles Lakers Find Out More About More Star Players From Basketball History including origins, star players, growth, and the modern game.
Kenya 2000 Kenya Plane Crash
30th January, 2000 : A plan crashed after takeoff on this day. This plane was just leaving Kenya Airways, and only 10 people of the 179 people on board survived. This accident had just happened so fast that no one even was able to take the time to put on life support.
U.S. 2002 U.S.A.< Ice Storm
30th January, 2002 : A severe ice storm strikes Oklahoma and surrounding states. causing some of the region’s infrastructure to crumble and electric transformers exploded in some places,
U.S. 2003 U.S.A. Shoe Bomber Sentenced
30th January, 2003 : British-born "shoe bomber" Richard Reid has been sentenced to life in prison after he tried to blow up a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami.
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Egypt 2011 Egypt Anti-Government Protests in Egypt Continue
30th January, 2011 : Protests in Egypt continued for a sixth day across
Egypt as citizens demanded President Mubarak step down. Protesters
clashed with police forces and there were reports of over 100 deaths from
South Korea 2013 South Korea South Korea Launches Space Rocket
30th January, 2013 : South Korea successfully launched a space rocket that was carrying a satellite after two previous failed attempts. Officials stated that the satellite would be used to collect climate data.
Celebrating Birthday's TodayPhil CollinsBorn: 30th January 1951 London, England Known For : English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboard player best known as the lead singer and drummer of the rock group Genesis and as a solo performer with a number of world wide singles to his credit including "You Can't Hurry Love", "Take a Look at Me Now)" "One More Night", "A Groovy Kind of Love" and "Another Day in Paradise". He is also remembered for his role in Live Aid 1985 when he performed at Wembley Stadium, England and JFK Stadium Philadelphia using concorde to fly from England to the US. Below is a song from the Live Aid Concert
Dick Cheney Born: 30th January 1941 Lincoln, Nebraska, Known For : 46th Vice President of the United States under the administration of George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009 . He also served under President George H. W. Bush as Secretary of Defense from 1989 to January 1993. While out of office he was chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company