Today in History - January 30th

  • 1844 - On this day in history, Richard Greener was the first African American to graduate from Harvard University. 
  • 1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco (In the state of California). 
  • 1910 - Today in history, work began on the first board-track automobile speedway, in Playa del Ray, CA. 
  • 1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time.
  • 1933 -On this day in history, Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor. 
  • 1948 - Political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was killed by a Hindu extremist. 
  • 1958 - Today in history, Yves Saint Laurent held his first major fashion show in Paris at a very young age (22). 
  • 1961 - John F. Kennedy asked for an Alliance for Progress and Peace Corp, which later became known as the Peace Corp.
  • 1962 - On this day in history, two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their air pyramid crumpled during a performance in Detroit.
  • 1973 - Jury found Watergate defendants Liddy and McCord guilty.
  • 1979 - Today in history, the civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Khomeini to return from France.
  • 1994 - Peter Leko became the world's youngest-ever grand master in chess. 
  • 1997 - On this day in history, a New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to obtain an abortion outside of jail. 
  • 2012 - Occupy DC activists were prohibited from camping in Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 30th

  • 1894 - Today in history, C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 30th

  • 1956 - Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Suede Shoes."
  • 1969 - On this day in history, The Beatles made their last-ever public appearance as a group.
  • 1974 - Bob Dylan made his first New York concert performance in eight years at Madison Square Garden. 
  • 1990 - Today in history, Bob Dylan was named commander in France's Order of Arts and Letters. 
  • 1994 - Natalie Cole sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII. 
  • 1998 - On this day in history, Elton John received a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first List. 
  • 2002 - The musical "Taboo" opened at London's Leicester Square, chronicling the life of Boy George.


  • Anton Checkhov 1860
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 1882
  • Dick Martin 1922 
  • Barbara Hale 1922
  • Dorothy Malone 1925
  • Gene Hackman 1931 
  • Vanessa Redgrave 1937 
  • Dick Cheney 1941