January 30: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on January 30 throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s thirty-first day is January 30th. After the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, the American embassy in Kabul was closed; Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse; and Yerba Buena, California was renamed San Francisco.

The 30th of January falls under the sign of Aquarius. Vanessa Redgrave, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Gene Hackman all had famous birthdays. The 30th of January is also National Croissant Day.


(January 30, 1911)
Roy Eldridge, an American trumpeter who was one of the most innovative artists of the 1930s, was born in Pittsburgh.


(January 30, 1912)
Barbara Tuchman, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the foremost popular historians in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century, was born.

(January 30, 1933)
Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg.

(January 30, 1945)
The sinking of the German ocean liner Wilhelm Gustloff by a Soviet submarine was the worst maritime disaster in history, with an estimated 9,000 persons killed.

(January 30, 1948)
On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi, India's father and internationally renowned for his theory of nonviolent protest (satyagraha) to accomplish political and social reform, was assassinated.

(Died on January 30, 2021)
Sophie Xeon, Scottish musician (b. 1986).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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