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On This Day in History - 30th May


1672Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia
1846Peter Faberge, Russian jeweller
1896Howard Hawks, American film director
1908Mel Blanc, Provided many cartoon voices for Warner Brothers
1909Benny Goodman, American bandleader
1937Philip Whitehead, Radio broadcaster
1949Bob Willis, Cricketer


1536King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour
1842An assassination attempt was made on Queen Victoria
1934Nazis began the open trials of alleged communists
1935Pakistan was struck by a severe earthquake
1942The RAF mounted a 1000-bomber raid on the German city of Cologne
1946Bread rationing began in Britain
1948The British Citizen Act came into force
1967Claude Rains, the British born film actor, died
1971Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit Mars, was launched
1989Singer Cliff Richard released his 100th single