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On this day in history - January 30

What Happened On This Day – January 30

  • 1982 The first computer virus is released “into the wild”

    Elk Cloner was created by 15-year-old Richard Skrenta as a practical joke.

  • 1972 On “Bloody Sunday”, British troops kill 13 unarmed protesters

    It was one of the most significant events of the Northern Ireland conflict.

  • 1969 The Beatles give their last public performance

    The concert was played on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building at 3 Savile Row in London.

  • 1945 9,400 people die in the deadliest maritime disaster in history

    The “Wilhelm Gustloff” was sunk by a Soviet submarine during World War II.

  • 1933 Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany

    The “Machtergreifung” marked the end of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of the “Third Reich”.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
January 30

  • 1951 Phil Collins

    English singer-songwriter, producer, actor

  • 1941 Dick Cheney

    American politician, 46th Vice President of the United States

  • 1937 Vanessa Redgrave

    English actress

  • 1882 Franklin D. Roosevelt

    American politician, 32nd President of the United States

  • 1852 Ion Luca Caragiale

    Romanian playwright, poet

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Deaths On This Day,
January 30

  • 2001 Johnnie Johnson

    English pilot

  • 1963 Francis Poulenc

    French composer

  • 1951 Ferdinand Porsche

    Austrian/German engineer, businessman, founded Porsche

  • 1948 Orville Wright

    American aviation pioneer

  • 1649 Charles I of England