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10/30/2019 12:11:00 AM
Today In History - October 30
Orson Welles
Orson Welles


Reprinted By Permission
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Today in History in 1735 future 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801) John Adams was born in Braintree (Quincy) Massachusetts; and in 1938 Orson Welles panics the USA with the broadcast of HG Welles' "War of the Worlds".

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1340 - Battle of Rio Salado Battle (or Tarifa): King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile defeat Sultan Abu al-Hasan 'Ali of Morocco and Yusuf I of Granada, last Marīnids invasion of Iberian Peninsula
  • 1534 - English Parliament passes Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the Church in England - a role formerly held by the Pope
  • 1768 - First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)
  • 1866 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Lexington Missouri ($2000)
  • 1873 - P T Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth", debuts (New York City)
  • 1899 - Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers beat lt-general White's army
  • 1905 - "October Manifesto" Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties and accepts the first Duma (Parliament)
  • 1917 - British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration
  • 1938 - Orson Welles panics the USA with broadcast of HG Welles' "War of the Worlds"
  • 1961 - Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba - most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated
  • 1973 - The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.
  • 1974 - Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire ('The Rumble in the Jungle')


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1451 - Christopher Columbus, Genoa Italy on or just before this date. Explorer for Spain of the New World (D. 1506)
  • 1735 - John Adams, Braintree (Quincy) Massachusetts, 2nd US President (1797-1801)
  • 1885 - Ezra Loomis Pound, Hailey Idaho, poet (Cantos), (d. 1972)
  • 1911 - Ruth Hussey, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1931 - Dick Gautier, Los Angeles California, actor (Hymie-Get Smart, Mr Terrific)
  • 1931 - John Macchia, CA, actor (Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party)
  • 1933 - Ken Berry, actor (Sam-Mayberry RFD, Vinton-Mama's Family)
  • 1933 - Michael S Dukakis, (Gov-D-Mass)/presidential candidate (D-1988)
  • 1945 - Henry Winkler, NYC, actor (Fonz-Happy Days, Night Shift)
  • 1946 - Andrea Mitchell, NYC, newscaster (NBC-TV, Summer Sunday USA)
  • 1951 - Harry Hamlin, Pasadena California, actor (Michael Kuzak-LA Law)
  • 1954 - T Graham Brown, Arabi Ga, country singer (Come as you Were)
  • 1958 - Kevin Pollak, SF, comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men)
  • 1981 - Ivanka Trump, American model
  • 1989 - Nastia Liukin, American gymnast

Famous Weddings

  • 1943 - Italian director Federico Fellini marries actress Giulietta Masina
  • 1991 - Singer Clint Black (34) weds actress Lisa Hartman (29)
  • 2004 - Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2012 - Actress Evan Rachel Wood (25) weds "Billy Elliott" actor Jamie Bell (26) in California

Famous Deaths

  • 1893 - John Abbott, third Prime Minister of Canada (1891-92), dies of brain cancer at 72
  • 1915 - Charles Tupper, sixth Prime Minister of Canada, dies of heart failure at 94
  • 1968 - Conrad Richter, US writer (Light in the Forest), dies at 78
  • 2000 - Steve Allen, American comedian, author, and composer (b. 1921)
  • 2002 - Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • 2004 - Peggy Ryan, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2007 - Robert Goulet, American entertainer (b. 1933)


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