Today in History, January 30th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 30th!

1649 Charles I of England is beheaded at Whitehall by the executioner Richard Brandon.
1844 Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.Richard_T_Greener
1862 The USS Monitor is launched at Greenpoint, Long Island.
1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.
1883 James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.
1901 Women Prohibitionists smash 12 saloons in Kansas.
1912 The British House of Lords opposes the House of Commons by rejecting home rule for Ireland.
1931 The United States awards civil government to the Virgin Islands.
1933 Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor by President Paul Hindenburg.
1933 The first episode of the “Lone Ranger” was broadcast on radio station WXYZ in Detroit.
1936 Governor Harold Hoffman orders a new inquiry into the Lindbergh kidnapping.Governor-Harold-Hoffman
1943 Field Marshal Friedrich von Paulus surrenders himself and his staff to Red Army troops in Stalingrad.
1945 The Allies launch a drive on the Siegfried line in Germany.
1948 Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
1949 In India, 100,000 people pray at the site of Gandhi’s assassination on the first anniversary of his death.
1953 President Dwight Eisenhower announces that he will pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.
1964 The Ranger spacecraft, equipped with six TV cameras, is launched to the moon from Cape Canaveral.
1968 The Tet offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
1969 The Beatles performed in public for the last time in a 45-minute gig on the roof of their Apple Records headquarters in London.
1972 British troops shoot dead 14 Irish civilians in Derry, Ireland. The day is forever remembered in Ireland as ‘Bloody Sunday.’Bloody-Sunday-massacre
1976 The U.S. Supreme Court bans spending limits in campaigns, equating funds with freedom of speech.
1980 The first-ever Chinese Olympic team arrives in New York for the Winter Games at Lake Placid.
2003 Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaida follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.
2005 Iraqis voted in their country’s first free election in a half-century.
2006 Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 78.
2007 Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system went on sale.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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