What happened This day in History on October 30th

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U.S. 1938 U.S.A. War of the Worlds 30th October, 1938: Radio dramatist Orson Welles caused mass hysteria and frightened tens of thousands of listeners causing people to flee from their homes and praying for salvation when the play War of the Worlds was aired on Radio, The dramatization was so good people mistook the play for newscasts which caused the panic .

Italy 1922 Italy Mussolini Monday, Oct. 30th, 1922: Mussolini, leader of the Fascist, demands that complete control of the government be handed over to his organization or he was prepared to fight his way to power with his army of 800,000 supporters. The King of Italy Victor Emanuel agrees to his demands and allows him to form a cabinet
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UK 1936 England Record 30th October, 1936: Two new records were broken today when British Airman Capt. James A Mollison made the crossing from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to Croydon, England in a record 13 hours 17 minutes averaging 160MPH in his Bellanca Monoplane. He also broke the record from New York to London with a time of 19 hours and 59 minutes

U.S. 1938 U.S.A. "The War of the Worlds" Oct. 30th, 1938: Orson Welles and members of his company touch off mass panic with a CBS dramatic radio adaptation of the 1898 novel "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells.
The play was so well performed that it caused mass hysteria with about a million Americans believing the Martians were invading readied their guns for battle, fled and prayed for deliverance from what they believed was a real threat.
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U.S. 1951 U.S.A. Tony Bennett Oct. 30th, 1951 Tony Bennett hits the top of the Billboard Pop charts with his #1 hit – “Cold, Cold Heart.” More than five decades later, he continues entertain audiences with his unmistakable crooning voice.

U.S. 1961 Soviet Union World's Largest Nuclear Bomb Oct. 30th, 1961 : The Soviet Union has exploded the world's biggest bomb so far nearly 4,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. This is the latest in a series of larger and larger bombs the Soviets have been exploding over the last few years. The United Nations is appealing to both the US and the Soviet Union to end the arms race or risk destroying the planet.

U.S. 1964 U.S.A. Star of India 30th October, 1964 : The Star of India, a 563-carat sapphire, and 21 other rare gems, were discovered missing from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the thieves are arrested the next day.

U.S. 1969 U.S.A. Chappaquiddick Oct. 30th, 1969 : The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne found in Senator Kennedy's car in a pond on Chappaquiddick Island on July 19th, 1969. will be held in secret, as requested by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy .

Turkey 1973 Turkey Bosporus Bridge Oct. 30th, 1973 : The Bosporus Bridge joining Istanbul, Turkey over the Bosphorus strait is completed joining the two sides of Istanbul. Ortaköy on the European side and Beylerbeyi on the Asian side making it the first bridge to connect the continents of Europe and Asia.

1974 Zaire Muhammad Ali 30th October, 1974 : Muhammad Ali regains The Heavyweight Title by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round during the fight billed as "Rumble In The Jungle"
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Spain 1975 Spain Prince Juan Carlos Oct. 30th, 1975 : Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain's acting head of state, taking over from the ill Gen. Francisco Franco.

China 1977 China Purge Oct. 30th, 1977 : The Communist party leader of China Hua Kuo-feng is continuing his purge of opponents with many thousands of dissidents executed this year.

UK 1981 England Euthanasia 30th October, 1981 : The secretary of the UK's pro-euthanasia group Exit Nicholas Reed is found guilty and jailed for two and a half years for aiding and abetting suicide.

UK 1983 England Freddy Laker Oct. 30th, 1983 : Sir Freddy Laker's latest venture is going the same way as his first venture in Airline Travel Laker Airways which went bankrupt in February 1982. His latest venture Skytrain Holidays is to be wound up later today.

Poland 1984 Poland Roman Catholic Priest Murdered Oct. 30th, 1984 : Father Jerzy Popieluszko a Roman Catholic Priest and an outspoken supporter of the banned trade union Solidarity has been found murdered at the side of a road. The Priest was kidnapped 11 days earlier by three secret police and has never been seen since. Many fear that the murder could spark unrest but the leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa has asked the Polish people to stay calm.

Spain 1991 Spain Middle East peace conference 30th October, 1991 : The Middle East peace conference begins in Madrid, and is the first time Israel has sat down with all its Arab neighbours including Palastinians to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.

Canada 1995 Canada Quebec Independence Referendum Oct. 30th, 1995 : A referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence of Quebec from Canada is narrowly defeated by (vote was 50.6% to 49.4%) .
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Brazil 2006 Brazil Presidential Elections Oct. 30th, 2006 : President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was re-elected to a second four-year term. Lula gained more than 60% of the vote.

Italy 2008 Italy Education Reform Protests 30th October, 2008 : Protestors to the Education Reform proposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have taken to the streets, protestors include teachers, students and parents over the proposed multi-billion-euro education cuts .

United States 2011 United States US East Coast Faces Early Snowstorm Oct. 30th, 2011 : The Eastern coast of the United States dealt with the aftermath of an early snowstorm. The storm left millions without power and at least nine people died in snow related accidents.

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2012 United States Hurricane Sandy Devastates US East Coast

Oct. 30th, 2012 : The "super-storm" Sandy hit the US East Coast creating a major disaster area in heavily populated areas like New York City and the coast of New Jersey. President Obama declared a major disaster in the state of New York. Even much of Lower Manhattan lost power.

2013 Norway Sunlight Brought to Town by Mirrors

30th October, 2013 : The Norwegian town of Rjukan experienced a winter sun for the first time after giant mirrors were installed around the town. Rjukan, enveloped by mountains, does not get any direct sunlight for about seven months out of the year, and the idea to use mirrors to bring sun to the town center was proposed around one-hundred years previously. Citizens celebrated by wearing their sunglasses and gathering in the town center.