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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”.

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

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