On This Day

January 1930 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to 2nd lieutenant
  • Jan 1 Jurgens & Van den Berg merge with Lever Brothers to form Unilever

Historic Event

Jan 5 Mao Zedong writes "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire"

Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong

Meeting of Interest

Jan 5 Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay's house

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • Jan 6 1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed
  • Jan 7 Edwin Justus Mayer's "Children of Darkness" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 7 Marguerite Perey discovers francium (Fr), the last naturally occurring element to be found

Historic Event

Jan 9 Albert Kahn Associates architectural firm become consulting architects for all industrial construction in the Soviet Union

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • Jan 10 Commencement of NZ's 1st Test, v England in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jan 10 Maurice Allom takes Test hat-trick England v NZ Christchurch
  • Jan 10 Mordovian Autonomous Region in RSFSR constituted
  • Jan 13 "Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears
  • Jan 18 -27°F (-33°C), Watts, Oklahoma (state record)
  • Jan 20 1st radio broadcast of "Lone Ranger" (WXYZ-Detroit)
  • Jan 22 -35°F (-37°C), Mount Carroll, Illinois (state record)
  • Jan 23 Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto
  • Jan 23 George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia established
  • Jan 23 WIS-AM (now WOMG) in Columbia SC begins radio transmissions
  • Jan 24 Stewie Dempster scores New Zealand's 1st Test century
  • Jan 26 Cleveland's Terminal Tower opens (52 stories)
  • Jan 30 Russia launches their 1st radiosonde - a battery-powered telemetry instrument carried into the atmosphere to measure various parameters and transmit them by radio to a ground receiver- from Pavlovsk, USSR.
  • Jan 31 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, New Jersey

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Gaafar Muhammad Nimeiry, premier/president (Sudan)
  • Jan 3 Marcel Dubé, Quebec playwright
  • Jan 5 Edward Galven Givens Jr., Major USAF/astronaut, born in Quanah, Texas (d. 1967)
  • Jan 6 Denis Pitts, English journalist
  • Jan 11 Ron Mulock, Australian politician
  • Jan 12 Jennifer Johnston, Irish author (Fool's sanctuary), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 13 Roman Cieślewicz, Polish French artist, graphic designer, born in Lwów, Poland (d. 1996)
  • Jan 16 Norman Podhoretz, American neoconservative pundit (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 16 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer, born in Blair, Oklahoma (d. 2006)

Buzz Aldrin

Jan 20 Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut & fighter pilot (Gem 12, Ap 11), born in Montclair, New Jersey

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin
  • Jan 21 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jan 23 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2017)
  • Jan 23 William Reid Pogue, American fighter pilot & astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Okemah, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Jan 24 Bernard Matthews, English turkey farmer (Bernard Matthews Farms), born in Brooke, England (d. 2010)
  • Jan 25 Tanya Savicheva, Russian diarist, born in Dvorišče (d. 1944)
  • Jan 26 A N Solomons, British banking chairman (Singer & Friedlander)
  • Jan 26 Anne Macfarlane, Master (Court of Protection)
  • Jan 27 Esteban Edward Torres, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-99), born in Miami, Arizona
  • Jan 27 Roger Sims, British MP
  • Jan 28 David Morris, British MEP
  • Jan 30 Samuel J. Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • Jan 30 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana , 1997-2003), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2003)

Weddings in History

  • Jan 8 Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto

John Steinbeck

Jan 14 American author John Steinbeck (27) weds Carol Henning (23) in Los Angeles, California (divorced 1942)

Estée Lauder

Jan 15 Businesswoman Estee Mentzer (23) weds businessman Joseph Lauter (later Lauder)

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder

Deaths in History

  • Jan 9 Edward W Buck, Dutch/US editor (Ladies Home Journal), dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Auguste Rateau, French mining engineer and inventor (Rateau steam turbine), dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, English electrical engineer and inventor, dies at 65
  • Jan 22 Stephen Mather, American industrialist and conservationist (organized US National Park Service), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Rebecca Latimer Felton, American writer and politician (first woman to serve as U.S. Senator (Georgia)), dies at 94