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On This Day in History - 30th January

Birthdays

1882Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Former (32nd) American President
1913Percy Thrower, Popular gardener and broadcaster
1915John Profumo, Former Secretary of State for War
1920Patrick Heron, Artist
1931Gene Hackman, American stage and 'Oscar' winning screen actor
1937Vanessa Redgrave, Stage and screen actress
1937Boris Spassky, Soviet chess champion

Events

1649King Charles I was executed, having been found guilty of treason
1888The author and artist Edward Lear died in San Remo, Italy
1933Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany
1961The first contraceptive pills went on sale in Britain
1965Sir Winston Churchill, former PM, was given a state funeral
1972In Ireland, British paratroopers believing they were under attack killed 13 people. This became known as 'Bloody Sunday'
1979Rhodesian whites voted to transfer to majority rule
1988A microlight aircraft landed near Sydney, Australia, to create a record time of 55 days since leaving London