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The Almanac for January 30, the 30th day of 2018


UPI News Service, 01/30/2018 

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2018 with 335 to follow.

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The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States (elected to four consecutive terms) in 1882; historian Barbara Tuchman in 1912; Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated in 1986, in 1927; theatrical producer Hal Prince in 1928 (age 90); actor Gene Hackman in 1930 (age 88); actor Vanessa Redgrave in 1937 (age 81); chess champion Boris Spassky in 1937 (age 81); former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in 1941 (age 77); author Gregory Benford in 1941 (age 77); singer and Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin in 1942 (age 76); musician Steve Marriott (Small Faces) in 1947; musician/songwriter Phil Collins (Genesis) in 1951 (age 67); actor Charles Dutton in 1951 (age 67); hall of fame golfer Curtis Strange in 1955 (age 63); hall of fame golfer Payne Stewart in 1957; Jordanian King Abdullah II in 1962 (age 56); actor Christian Bale in 1974 (age 44); actor Andy Milonakis in 1976 (age 42); actor Wilmer Valderrama in 1980 (age 38); rapper Kid Cudi in 1984 (age 34); actor Eiza Gonzalez in 1990 (age 28).

 

On this date in history:

In 1649, British King Charles I was beheaded by order of Parliament.

In 1798, the first fight to break out on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives began when one congressman spat in another's face.

In 1835, a gunman fired twice on Andrew Jackson, the first attempt on the life of a U.S. president. Jackson wasn't injured.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler was sworn in as chancellor of Germany.

In 1943, the British air force bombed Berlin in a daylight raid timed to coincide with a speech by Herman Goering marking Adolf Hitler's 10th year in power.

In 1948, Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist.

In 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces launched a massive attack, known as the Tet Offensive, against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies.

In 1969, the Beatles staged an impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records in London. The event, which became part of the documentary film Let It Be, was the last public appearance by the band.

In 1972, in what became known as "Bloody Sunday," 13 Roman Catholics were killed by British troops during a banned civil rights march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

In 1979, the Iranian government announced it would let Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini return from exile. Washington responded by ordering the evacuation of all U.S. dependents from Iran.

In 1993, parents donated portions of their own lungs to their daughter with cystic fibrosis in a pioneering transplant surgery in Los Angeles.

In 2000, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashed into the sea off the coast of Ci´te d'Ivoire, killing 169 people.

In 2003, a U.S. judge sentenced Richard Reid to life in prison for trying to set off plastic explosives in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001.

In 2011, international aid groups said red tape and corruption in Haiti were withholding a massive array of supplies a year after a catastrophic earthquake struck the country.

In 2014, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said he would not seek re-election in November, ending 40 years in Congress.

In 2016, Boko Haram militants attacked the Nigerian villages of Dalori and Walori, killing at least 86 people and injuring dozens.

In 2017, scientists reveal humans' earliest known relative -- Saccorhytus coronarius -- was a 540 million-year-old small, deep-sea creature resembling a shrunken grocery sack.

Athought for the day: "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." -- Mahatma Gandhi



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