Today in History

  • Fri Jan 29th, 2010 10:34pm
  • Life

Today is Saturday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2010. There are 335 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On Jan. 30, 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was shot and killed by a Hindu extremist.

ON THIS DATE

In 1649, England’s King Charles I was beheaded.

In 1882, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. The first episode of the “Lone Ranger” radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.

In 1960, the American Football League awarded a franchise to Oakland, Calif.

In 1962, two members of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.

In 1964, the United States launched Ranger 6, an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that crash-landed on the moon, but failed to send back images.

In 1968, the Tet Offensive began during the Vietnam War as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

Associated Press