Today in History - October 30th

  • 1503 – Today in history, Queen Isabella of Spain banned violence against Indians.
  • 1534 - The English parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church.
  • 1768 – On this day in history, the first Methodist church in U.S. began services (Wesley Chapel, New York City).
  • 1866 - Jesse James gang robbed bank in Lexington Missouri ($2000).
  • 1868 – Today in history, John Menard of Louisiana became the first black elected to Congress.
  • 1873 - P T Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth," premiered in NYC.
  • 1896 - Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah became the first female senator.
  • 1900 – On this day in history, the first-ever U.S. auto show opened in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 1938 - Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, starring Orson Welles, caused panic among listeners throughout the US.
  • 1939 - .  USSR & Germany agreed on partitioning Poland and Hitler deported Jews.
  • 1944 - Last transport for Auschwitz arrived in Birkenau; Anne Frank (of Diary fame) was deported from Auschwitz.
  • 1945 - U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing.
  • 1953 - General George C. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 
  • 1954 - U.S. Armed Forces ended segregation of races.
  • 1961 – Today in history, The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb with a force of approximately 58 megatons. 
  • 1975 - Prince Juan Carlos assumed power in Spain as Dictator Francisco Franco was near death. 
  • 1979 - NASA launched space vehicle S-203.
  • 1992 – On this day in history, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began installing automated fare collection turnstiles.

SPORTS - Today in History, October 30th

  • 1861 - Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant.
  • 1974 - Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout to regain his world heavyweight title.
  • 1988 - New York Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time.
  • Today in history in New York CityPresident George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, October 30th

  • 1888 - John Loud patented the ballpoint pen.
  • 1894 - Daniel Cooper patented the time clock.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, October 30th

  • 1940 - Cole Porter's musical "Panama Hattie," premiered in New York City.
  • 1944 - Martha Graham's ballet Appalachian Spring, with music by Aaron Copland, premiered.


  • 1939 - Grace Slick, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit)
  • 1949 - Otis Williams, [Otis Miles], rock vocalist (Temptations)