Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 30th is a Crazy Day in History

Every now and again I check around the Internet to do some "this date in history" research.  Today, January 30th, was a pretty fascinating day throughout the years.  Let's start with some of the events.

In 1661, Oliver Cromwell, an English political leader, was dug up two years after his death, only to be hung in chains and beheaded.  In 1703, the Forty-seven Ronin avenged their master's death (pretty crazy story).  In 1847, Yerba Buena, California is renamed San Diego. Carole King released "Tapestry" in 1971, an album that went on to be the longest charting album by a female solo artist, selling 24 million copies.

January 30th, 1994 was a great day in history - Peter Leko became the youngest chess grandmaster.

January 30th is also a day of infamy. Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi is released from jail in 1908 after serving two months. Forty years later, on the very day, he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. In 1933, Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive was launched in 1968. January 30th fell on a Sunday in 1972, the day 14 unarmed activists were killed in Northern Ireland, marking the event known as Bloody Sunday.

The Beatles held their last public performance, which would be broken up by the police, in front of Apple Records in London in 1969.

The 30th day of the year has also seen its fair share of births. Speed round, go.

1615 - Thomas Rolfe, son of Pocahontas
1882 - Franklin D. Roosevelt (hence my use of "infamy" earlier, see what I did there?)
1923 - Walt Dropo, former Red Sox great
1925 - Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse
1930 - Gene Hackman, of "Welcome to Mooseport" fame
1941 - Dick Cheney, once shot a man on a quail hunt
1943 - Davey Johnson, former manager of the Washington Harpers...I mean Nationals
1951 - Phil Collins, the man
1955 - Tom Izzo, see above
1957 - Payne Stewart, golfing legend (died in 1999)
1974 - Christian Bale, the real Batman
1976 - Andy Milonakis
1981 - Peter Crouch, the best footballer to ever live
1984 - Kid Cudi, guy with weird name, not reall sure what he is famous for
1984 - Jeremy Hermida, former Red Sox great

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