On This Day In History, 30 January


On This Day In History 30 January Image

World Events Today

  • English born Richard Lawrence, was the first known person to attempt to assassinate a sitting President of the United States, he tried and failed to shoot President Andrew Jackson today in 1835
  • Almost 10,000 perished today in 1945 when MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a German armed military transport ship, was sunk by a Soviet submarine, it is acknowledged as the greatest maritime disaster in history
  • Bloody Sunday, also known as the Bogside Massacre, an event in which British Soldiers killed 14 people in Derry, Northern Ireland, occurred today in 1972

Entertainment Events Today

  • Elvis Presley recorded Blue Suede Shoes today in 1956, Tutti Frutti was on the B-side
  • The Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik, applied for a patent for his “Magic Cube”, which would become known as the Rubik Cube, today in 1975
  • The American spy thriller television series The Americans was aired for the first time today in 2013 on the FX network

Family Events Today

  • Franklin D Roosevelt, the only President of the United States to be sworn in for 4 terms, was born today in 1882 in New York
  • The Aviation pioneer Orville Wright, of Wright Brothers fame, died today in 1948 aged 76
  • The actor Christian Bale, who starred in The Dark Knight trilogy, was born today in 1974 in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Croissant Day

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