It happened today – this day in history – October 30

1451: Birth of Christopher Columbus.

1470: Henry VI returns to the English throne after the Earl of Warwick defeats Yorkists in battle during the War of the Roses.

1485: Henry VII is crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1629: Charles I gives The Bahamas to Sir Robert Heath.

1866: Jesse James’ gang robs a bank in Lexington, Missouri.

1873: P T Barnum debuts his ‘Greatest Show On Earth.”

1885: Birth of poet Ezra Pound.

1917: The government gave final approval to the Balfour Declaration which proclaimed support for a Jewish state in Palestine.

1923: Death of Andrew Bonar Law, the shortest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century.

1938: A radio broadcast of The War Of The Worlds by H G Wells and narrated by Orson Welles causes mass panic in the US as people believe the country had been invaded by Martians.

1939: The USSR and Germany agree on partitioning Poland.

1944: Aaron Copeland’s ballet score “Appalachian Spring” premieres in Washington, D.C. On the same day, Anne Frank is deported from Auschwitz to Belsen.

1952: Clarence Birdseye sells the first frozen peas.

1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik II carrying Laika, the first dog in space.

1960: Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the UK.

1970: Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami. He died before an appeal could be heard or sentence carried out

1973: The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.

1974: Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire to regain the World Heavyweight title.

1975: King Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain.

1990: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbour over the head with a bottle.

1997: Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday.

2002: Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC was murdered by an assassin’s single bullet at his recording studio in New York,

2007: Linda Stein, former co-manager of The Ramones was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment.

2017: President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates are indicted on fraud charges, advisor George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI. On the same day, a US federal judge block’s Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military.

2018: German ex-nurse Niels Högel admits in court to killing over 100 patients, making him one of the world’s worst serial killers.

BIRTHDAYS: Eddie Holland, songwriter, 80; Grace Slick, singer (Jefferson Airplane) 80; Otis Williams, singer (The Temptations), 78; Henry Winkler, actor, 74; Chris Slade, drummer (AC/DC) 73; Timothy B Schmit, musician (The Eagles) 72; Harry Hamlin, actor, 68; Mario Testino, fashion photographer, 65; Juliet Stevenson, actress, 63; Joey Belladonna, musician, (Anthrax) 59; Diego Maradona, former footballer, 57; Gavin Rossdale, musician (Bush) 52; Ivanka Trump, president’s daughter/advisor, 38; Vanessa White, singer (The Saturdays) 30.

Mick Ferris

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