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List of October 30th Major News Events

  1. 1938 "The War of the Worlds" touch off mass panic
  2. 1973 Turkey Bosporus Bridge
  3. 1974 Muhammad Ali regains The Heavyweight Title by knocking out George Foreman
  4. 1995 Quebec Independence Referendum
  5. 2012 Hurricane Sandy Devastates US East Coast

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30 Oct, 1922 Italy Mussolini

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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30 Oct, 1936 England Record

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 160 MPH in his Bellanca Monoplane. He also broke the record from New York to London with a time of 19 hours and 59 minutes.

30 Oct, 1938 U.S.A. "The War of the Worlds"

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 newspapers reported listeners believed the broadcast to be real and had incited mass panic. While there is little proof that actual panic ensued, many listeners were disturbed by the realistic broadcast.

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From 1980s Fun Trivia Quiz Page

Question 18

18. In 1983, the first mobile phones were introduced to the public by what company?

Question 19

19. In 1986 an American space shuttle disintegrated after launch, killing all aboard, what was the name of the shuttle?

Question 20

20. In what year did Fox Broadcasting Company make its prime-time television debut?

Question 21

21. Who was nominated to be the first female justice on the US Supreme Court in 1981?

30 Oct, 1951 U.S.A. Tony Bennett

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.

30 Oct, 1961 World's Largest Nuclear Bomb

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.

30 Oct, 1964 U.S.A. Star of India

October 30th, 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.

30 Oct, 1969 U.S.A. Chappaquiddick

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.

30 Oct, 1973 Turkey Bosporus Bridge

October 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.

30 Oct, 1974 Zaire Muhammad Ali

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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30 Oct, 1975 Spain Prince Juan Carlos

October 30th, 1975 : Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain's acting head of state, taking over from the ill Gen. Francisco Franco.

30 Oct, 1977 China Purge

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

30 Oct, 1981 England Euthanasia

October 30th, 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.

30 Oct, 1983 England Freddy Laker

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.

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30 Oct, 1984 Poland Roman Catholic Priest Murdered

October 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.

30 Oct, 1991 Middle East Peace Conference

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.

30 Oct, 1995 Quebec Independence Referendum

October 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%).

30 Oct, 2008 Italy Education Reform Protests

2008 : Protesters to the Education Reform proposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have taken to the streets, protesters include teachers, students and parents over the proposed multi-billion-euro education cuts.

30 Oct, 2011 US East Coast Faces Early Snowstorm

October 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.

30 Oct, 2012 Hurricane Sandy Devastates US East Coast

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.

30 Oct, 2013 Norway Sunlight Brought to Town by Mirrors

October 30th, 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.

Born This Day In History October 30

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Diego Maradona

Born: 30th October 1960 Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Known For : Argentine footballer who was part of the Argentina winning team in the 1986 World Cup beating Germany in the final. Often quoted for his famous saying when an un-penalized handball known as the "Hand of God" scoring a goal against England in the quarter-final match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup between England and Argentina when the last touch was his left fist which helped in the defeat of England in the match.

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Henry Winkler

Born: 30th October 1945 New York, U.S.A.

Known For : Best known as the "The Fonz" from the seventies American sitcom, Happy Days which ran for 255 episodes from 1974 to 1984.

Celebrating Birthdays Today

John Adams

Born: October 30, 1735, Braintree, Massachusetts

Died: July 4, 1826, Quincy, Massachusetts

Known For : John Adams was the first Vice President of the United States and second President. He was one of the nation’s founding fathers and one of the drafters of the Declaration of Independence. He served one term from 1897 to 1801.