On This Day

On This Day in History for January 30 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1959 MS Hans Hedtoft sinks, 95 die
  • 1960 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • 1960 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • 1960 Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
  • 1960 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • 1960 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • 1960 African National Party is founded in Chad

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1961 JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1961 Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
  • 1962 UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1962 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
  • 1962 Laughter epidemic begins at a girls' mission school in Kashasha, Tanganyika, goes on to affect 14 schools and over 1000 people

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1963 Ivan Sutherland submits a thesis containing his Sketchpad program, a forerunner to modern-day graphic user interfaces and computer-aided design programs

Computer Scientist Ivan Sutherland
Computer Scientist
Ivan Sutherland
  • 1964 Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
  • 1964 Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail

UKFuneral of Winston Churchill

1965 State funeral of Winston Churchill at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Then world's largest ever state funeral.

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Churchill's cortege in London during the funeral
Churchill's cortege in London during the funeral
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  • 1966 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • 1966 -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • 1968 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • 1968 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces
  • 1969 US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
  • 1972 Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations
  • 1972 Bloody Sunday: 27 unarmed civilians are shot (14 are killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
  • 1973 Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping
  • 1974 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

InventionHistoric Invention

1975 Ernő Rubik applies for a patent for his "Magic Cube" invention, later to be known as a Rubik's cube

Inventor Ernő Rubik
Ernő Rubik
  • 1976 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
  • 1976 George H. W. Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
  • 1976 William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
  • 1977 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)
  • 1977 Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
  • 1979 Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution
  • 1979 Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.

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1980 Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 1982 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners

  • 1982 Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".
  • 1989 Five Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
  • 1989 Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
  • 1989 Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
  • 1989 The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
  • 1991 Iraqi troops gain control of Al Khafji inside the Saudi Arabian border
  • 1992 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1992 Inventor Ray Kurzweil publishes his first book "The Age of Intelligent Machines" on artificial intelligence, predicting the popularity of the internet

Inventor and Author Ray Kurzweil
Inventor and Author
Ray Kurzweil
  • 1993 100,000 Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism
  • 1995 Car bomb explodes in Algiers, killing 42 and wounding 296
  • 1995 Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
  • 1995 Norway's Statoil announces a newly formed consortium that will supply Norwegian natural gas to the European continent
  • 1996 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
  • 1996 Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet Scott Redd states that Iran test-fired a new anti-ship missile near the Strait of Hormuz
  • 1997 Minuteman III launches
  • 1998 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
  • 2000 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
  • 2003 Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
  • 2003 Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board
  • 2013 South Korea successfully launches its rocket Naro-1 which was carrying a scientific satellite
  • 2014 24 hostages are killed after 6 suicide bombers temporarily take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad

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2015 Shake Shack founded by Danny Meyer first lists on the New York stock exchange

Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack Danny Meyer
Restaurateur and Founder of Shake Shack
Danny Meyer
  • 2016 Boko Haram militants on motorcycles attack Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 65 and injuring 136
  • 2017 Scientists in central China reveal oldest known human ancestor - 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil
  • 2019 Russian Senator Rauf Arashukov arrested within parliament on two murder charges
  • 2019 Continuous 24 hr church mass lasting 97 days to prevent deportation of Armenian asylum seekers ends after Dutch authorities reconsider at Protestant Bethel Church in The Hague
  • 2019 Peter Paul Rubens’s 1608 drawing "Nude Study of Young Man with Raised Arms" sells for $8.2 million at auction in New York
  • 2019 Scientists reveal discovery of cavity six miles long, 1,000 feet deep under Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, leading to fears it might collapse and raise sea levels by two feet
  • 2020 The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva

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