What Happened in 1930

Significant Events

  • Jan 5 Mao Zedong writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"
  • Mar 12 Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax
  • Mar 13 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
  • Apr 2 Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Jun 24 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 16 1st British Empire Games open in Hamilton, Canada
  • Nov 2 Coronation of Ras Tafari Makonnen as Haile Selassie I, 225th Emperor of Ethopian Solmonic Dynasty
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1930 in Film & TV

  • Mar 31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years
  • Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany
  • Apr 21 "All Quiet on the Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • Aug 9 Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes
  • Aug 16 The first color sound cartoon "Fiddlesticks" by Ub Iwerks (ex Walt Disney studio) is released

1930 in Music

  • Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany
  • Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

1930 in Sport

  • Jul 13 1st-ever football World Cup competition begins in Uruguay
  • Jul 30 1st FIFA World Cup Final: Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 in the inaugural event in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Dec 12 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, ball bouncing into stands not a HR, now a double
  • Dec 16 Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete)

Did You Know?

The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public

On May 27, 1930


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Would You Believe?

Marguerite Perey discovers francium (Fr), the last naturally occurring element to be found

On January 7, 1930

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