On This Day In History, 30 October

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World Events Today

  • The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, connecting Europe and Asia, opened today in 1973
  • Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the “Yorkshire Ripper”, killed the first of his 13 victims, mother of four, Wilma McCann, today in 1975
  • Disney announced a deal to acquire Lucasfilm and, the rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, today in 2012, the price, 4.05 billion US Dollars

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Rumble in the Jungle, the historic heavyweight boxing title fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, took place today in 1974, Ali won by knockout in the 8th round
  • Faith, the debut studio album by the English singer-songwriter George Michael, was released today in 1987, it included the hit singles Faith and Father Figure
  • The Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna won the Japanese Grand Prix today in 1988, it made him Drivers’ Champion for that year

Family Events Today

  • The American actor Henry Winkler, who gained much of his fame playing the role Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days, was born today in 1945 in New York
  • The Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, of “hand of God” goal fame, was born today in 1960 in Buenos Aires
  • The British scientist Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, inventor of the “bouncing bomb”, died today in 1979 aged 92

Main Event Today

  • The most powerful human-made explosive ever detonated, the Russian made nuclear Tsar Bomba, was tested today in 1961

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Candy Corn Day

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