On This Day

What Happened on January 30, 1962

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • Laughter epidemic begins at a girls' mission school in Kashasha, Tanganyika, goes on to affect 14 schools and over 1000 people
  • UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Abdullah II of Jordan, King of Jordan (1999-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist, born in Tustin, California

Famous Deaths

  • Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (b. 1894)