It happened today – this day in history – January 30

1505: English composer Thomas Tallis is born in Kent.

1607: Massive flooding in England destroys around 200 square miles of coastline and results in approximately 2,000 casualties.

1647: After nine months of negotiations, Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to the English Parliament for around £100,000.

1648: Spain and The Netherlands sign Peace of Munster, ending the Thirty Years War.

1649: Charles I is beheaded for treason.

1661: Oliver Cromwell is ritually executed having already been dead for two years.

1804: Scottish explorer Mungo Park leaves England seeking the source of the Niger River.

1806: Prussia takes possession of Hanover.

1818: John Keats writes his sonnet “When I Have Fears”.

1826: The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting Anglesey to the north west coast of Wales is opened.

1835: Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. In the first attempted assassination of a US President.

1847: Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco.

1858: Charles Hallé founds the Halle Orchestra in Manchester.

1873: Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” is published.

1883: England cricket team presented with the ashes of a bail after Sydney Test.

1889: Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling.

1902: Britain and Japan sign a treaty which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan’s ‘special interest’ in Korea.

1913: The House of Lords rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill.

1921: French rapist and murderer Henri-Desire Landru is sentenced to death.

1924: Great Britain clinch inaugural Olympic curling gold medal with a 46-4 win over France at the Chamonix Games.

1933: President Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler as Reich Chancellor of Germany. Hindenburg’s former WWI colleague, General Erich Ludendorff, sends a letter to him stating: “This accursed man will cast our Reich into the abyss and bring our nation to inconceivable misery”.

1940: Benjamin Britten’s “Lesson Illuminations” premieres in London.

1943: Adolf Hitler promotes Friedrich Paulus, commander of the 6th Army at Stalingrad, to Field Marshal in the hope that he will not surrender.

1948: Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse. On the same day, aviation pioneer Orville Wright dies aged 76. Also, the Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland.

1952: Truce talks aimed at ending fighting in the Korean War end in deadlock.

1965: Sir Winston Churchill receives a full state funeral.

1968: The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnamese and US forces.


1969: The Beatles with Billy Preston, played an impromptu gig on roof of the Apple building in Savile Row, London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes until the police intervened, it was the last time they performed together.

1972: British troops open fire on a crowd of demonstrators in the Bogside district of Londonderry, killing 13 civilians in what becomes known as Bloody Sunday. On the same day, Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.

1973: A Jury finds Watergate defendants G Gordon Liddy and James McCord guilty on all counts.

1975: Erno Rubik applies for a patent for his “Magic Cube” invention.

1976: George H. W. Bush becomes 11th director of CIA.

1982: Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”. On the same day, Blues artist Lightnin’ (Sam) Hopkins dies of cancer aged 70.

1983: The Washington Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena for the Super Bowl.

Singles chart:

  1. Down Under – Men At Work
  2. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
  3. You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins
  4. Sign Of The Times – The Belle Stars
  5. Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
  6. Gloria – Laura Brannigan
  7. The Story Of The Blues – Wah!
  8. The Cutter – Echo and the Bunnymen
  9. Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson
  10. New Year’s Day – U2
1983: Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker

Album chart:

  1. Business As Usual – Men At Work
  2. Richard Clayderman – Richard Clayderman
  3. Night And Day – Joe Jackson
  4. Raiders Of The Pop Charts – Various Artists
  5. Hello I Must Be Going – Phil Collins
  6. Heartbreaker – Dionne Warwick
  7. The John Lennon Collection – John Lennon
  8. Killer On The Rampage – Eddy Grant
  9. Feline – The Stranglers
  10. Cacharpaya: Panpies Of The Andes – Incantation

TV on this day (Sunday)


09.30Star Fleet

10.00Morning Worship

10.30Living Proof

11.00Getting On

11.30Matt and Jenny on the Wilderness Trail

12.00Weekend World
Political interviews with Brian Walden

13.00The American Documentary

14.00The Law Machine

14.30London News Headlines

15.00David Frost Presents The Guiness Book of Records

16.00Sunday Sunday

17.00Police 5

17.05The Smurfs

17.30The Forgotten Story


18.30ITN News

18.40The Other Side of Me

19.15Live from Her Majesty’s
Variety show hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck

20.15Hart to Hart
US series starring Robert Wagner and Stepfanie Powers

21.10The Professionals
Crime action series starring Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins

22.10ITN News

22.25The South Bank Show

23.25London News Headlines


13.05Right to Reply

13.35Irish Angle

14.05Continental Comedy

15.45Old Country

16.15People to People

16.55News Headlines and Weather


17.30Face the Press

18.00American Football

19.00Pavarotti and Friends

20.00On the Razzle

22.15Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The Washington Redskins take on the Miami Dolphins



09.15Sunday Worship

10.00Asian Magazine

10.30Maths Help

10.40Let’s Go!

10.55Buongiorno Italia!

11.20Russian – Language and People

11.45Delia Smith’s Cookery Course

12.10See Hear!

12.35Making the Most of the Micro


13.25Business Club

13.50News Headlines

13.55Film Matinee: Ensign Pulver (1964)
Comedy starring Burl Ives and Walter Maatthau


15.45Match of the Day
Highlights from four of the ties from the FA Cup fourth round introduced by Jimmy Hill

16.55The Good Life
Comedy starring Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal

17.25Dombey and Son
Adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel



18.40Songs of Praise

19.15Last of the Summer Wine
Comedy series starring Bill Owen and Peter Sallis

Drama series starring Wendy Craig


John Nettles stars as a Jersey policeman



23.05Sunday Night

23.40Phil Silvers


10.10Open University

13.55Rugby Special

14.45International Snooker
The Benson & Hedges Masters


16.35International Cricket

17.20News Review

17.50Ski Sunday

18.30The Money Programme

19.15The World About Us

20.05News on 2

20.10International Snooker

21.10The Oppermanns
Two-part drama shown throughout the world tonight and tomorrow – exactly 50 years after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.

22.55International Snooker

1988: During a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits Relax and Two Tribes.

1989: Five Pharaoh sculptures from 1470 BC are found at temple of Luxor.

1990: Unhappy with the re-issue of the band’s early single Sally Cinnamon, The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM’s offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.

1991: Iraqi troops seize control of Al Khafji, inside the Saudi Arabian border after a fierce battle in which 12 American marines were killed.

1994: The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta to win the Super Bowl.

1995: A car bomb explodes in Algiers, killing 42 and wounding 296.

1996: Gino Gallagher, suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, is killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.

2000: The St. Louis Rams beat The Tennessee Titans, 23-16 in Atlanta for the Super Bowl.

2003: “Shoe bomber” Richard Reid is sentenced to life in jail for trying to bomb an American Airlines flight carrying 197 people.

2007: Death of novelist Sidney Sheldon aged 89.

2008: Seath of TV host Jeremy Beadle aged 59.

2011: Death of film score composer John Barry aged 77.

2016: Boko Haram militants on motorcycles attack Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 65 and injuring 136.

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.

BIRTHDAYS: Gene Hackman, actor, 91; Vanessa Redgrave CBE, actress, 84; Phil Collins, drummer/singer-songwtiter, 70; Mark Eitzel, guitarist, 62; Eddie Jones, rugby coach, 61; Jody Watley, singer, 60; Angie Stone, singer-songwriter, 57; Filipe VI (Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia) King of Spain, 53; Darren Boyd, actor, 50; Olivia Coleman, actress, 47; Christian Bale, actor, 47; Peter Crouch, footballer, 40; Dimitar Berbatov, footballer, 40.