30 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Charles Rollin, 1661
  • Sir Seymour Hicks, 1871
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882
  • King Boris III of Bulgaria, 1894
  • Roy Eldridge, 1911
  • Barbara Tuchman, 1912
  • David Wayne, 1914
  • John Ireland, 1915
  • Dick Martin, 1922
  • Dorothy Malone, 1925
  • Hal Prince, 1928
  • Gene Hackman, 1931
  • Louis Rukeyser, 1933
  • Richard Brautigan, 1933
  • Tammy Grimes, 1936
  • Vanessa Redgrave, 1937
  • Boris Spassky, 1937
  • Richard Cheney, 1941
  • Steven Stills, 1945
  • Phil Collins, 1951
  • Jody Watley, 1961

Died On This Day:

  • King Charles I beheaded, 1649
  • Czar Peter II, 1730
  • Betsy Ross, 1836
  • Osceola, leader of Seminole Indians, 1838
  • Archduke Rudolf Austria, 1889
  • Mohandas Gandhi assassinated, 1948
  • Orville Wright, 1948
  • Stanley Holloway, 1982
  • Taikichiro Mori, 1993
  • Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia, 1993
  • Gerald Durrell, 1995
  • Inge Morath, 2002
  • Coretta Scott King, 2006
  • Wendy Wasserstein, 2006
  • Ingemar Johansson, 2009

Today's Events:

  • 1607 - Worst and costliest natural disaster to hit Britain, a tsunami in Bristol Channel, kills 2,000 and floods 200 square miles.
  • 1835 - First unsuccessful assassination attempt on a U.S. President-Andrew Jackson by Richard Lawrence.
  • 1847 - Yerba Buena changes name to San Francisco.
  • 1894 - Pneumatic hammer patented by inventor Charles Brady King of Detroit.
  • 1933 - Lone Ranger radio program premieres on WXYZ in Detroit; George Seaton plays the masked man.
  • 1933 - Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany-appointed by President von Hindenburg; Nazi era begins.
  • 1948 - On his way to prayers, Mahatma Gandhi is shot 3 times in the chest by Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse in Delhi.
  • 1957 - 'The Music Man' begins 1375 performance run in N.Y.
  • 1965 - British state funeral for Winston Churchill draws a million mourners.
  • 1968 - Tet offensive begins in Viet Nam; North Vietnam army in massive assault against Saigon and Hue.
  • 1969 - Beatles last record/film session together on roof of Apple Studios, London; they record 'Get Back.'
  • 1972 - Bloody Sunday in Londonderry Northern Ireland, Army kills 13 marching Roman Catholic civilians.
  • 1974 - First Indian Rhinoceros born in captivity at National Zoo, Washington
  • 1977 - Final segment of TV drama 'Roots' gains highest ratings in TV history.
  • 1993 - Almost a century after New York, Boston and Paris, Los Angeles finally gets a subway- the Red Line.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Bathild (Basil)
  • Anniv. King Charles the Martyr
  • St. Tydie the Virgin (Celtic saint)
  • Martina

Holiday:

  • Birthday of King Boris III in Bulgaria
  • Day of the Three Archbishops in Greece

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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