It happened today – this day in history – October 30

Subscribe to get your latest local news articles by email each day...

Or click here to subscribe to our weekly digital edition. Your details will be stored to support your experience in line with our privacy policy.

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.

Advertisement

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: [email protected]

×