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1969 - Beatles last public performance
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.

1943 - Nat King Cole Trio
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.
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1962 - The Flying Wallendas
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.

1848 - California Gold Rush
James Marshall finds the first gold nugget in 1848 at Coloma, California leading to more than half a million people rushing to California to find Gold

1933 - Adolf Hitler
1933 : Adolf Hitler the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or Nazi Party), becomes chancellor of Germany

1948 - Mahatma Gandhi assassinated
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.

1977 - Roots TV Mini Series
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%

1924 Northern Ireland Civil Rights Demonstrators
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.


1929 - Gambling
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.

1930 - Route 80
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

1930 Federal Grant
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.

1952 - Korea Truce Talks
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 )


1961 State of The Union
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.

1968 Vietnam Tet Offensive
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.


1972 Northern Ireland Civil Rights Demonstrators
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.


1991 Saudi Arabia Desert Storm
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.

1996 Magic Johnson
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.

2000 - Kenya Plane Crash
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.

2002 - Ice Storm
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,

2003 Shoe Bomber Sentenced
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.

2011 Anti-Government Protests in Egypt Continue
 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 the violence.    

2013 South Korea Launches Space Rocket
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.


2014 Long-Serving Congressman Retires
2014 : US Congressman Henry Waxman announced that he would retire from office after serving in Congress for twenty terms. Waxman was elected as a Democrat in California in 1974 and had been a proponent of clean air initiatives, he had also been a key player in the formation of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.


Born This Day In History 30th January

Celebrating Birthday's Today Phil Collins Born: 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

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, New York
Died: April 12, 1945, Warm Springs, Georgia
Known For : Franklin D. Roosevelt (known by his initials, FDR) was the only US president to serve more than 2 terms prior to the 22nd amendment which introduced term limits. He was elected to 4 terms in office, from 1933 to his death in 1945. FDR is often ranked as one of the top 3 US presidents for ushering the nation through some of the most significant moments in modern history with his New Deal policies to combat the Great Depression and mass mobilization civilians and military during World War II. He previously served as the Governor of New York from 1929 to 1932 and had a notable wife in Eleanor Roosevelt, a well-known activist and the niece of Theodore Roosevelt.