October 30

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1894 – The time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY.

1938 – Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” on CBS radio, convincing many listeners that a Martian invasion was really happening.

1945 – Jackie Robinson, of the Kansas City Monarchs, signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color line.

1945 – The U.S. government announced the end of wartime shoe rationing.

1960 – Michael Woodruff performed the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom.

1970 – Jim Morrison was sentenced to 6 months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami, FL. He was also sentenced to 60 days of hard labor for using profanity. He was released on $50,000 bond until the appeal could be heard.

1972 – President Richard Nixon approved legislation to increase Social Security spending by $5.3 billion.

1972 – In Illinois, 45 people were killed and 332 were injured when two trains collided on Chicago’s south side.

1974 – The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali won by a knock out in the 8th round, regaining the World Heavyweight Champion title and giving Foreman his first professional defeat.

1974 – The movie “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” premiered.

1975 – The New York Daily News ran the headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” The headline came a day after President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.

1985 – The Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

1987 – In Japan, NEC released the first 16-bit video game console, the PC Engine. It was later sold in other markets with the name TurboGrafx-16.

1993 – America’s first veterinarian in space, Martin Fettman, performed the world’s first animal dissections in space, while aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

2001 – In New York, NY, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

2001 – Michael Jordan returned to the NBA with the Washington Wizards after a 3-1/2 year retirement.



Grace Slick – 82 years old (1939) – Singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship)

Otis Williams – 80 years old (1941) – Singer (The Temptations)

Henry Winkler – 76 years old (1945) – Actor, producer, director (“The Fonz” on TV’s “Happy Days”, movie “The Lords of Flatbush”)

Timothy B. Schmit – 74 years old (1947) – Bassist, vocalist (Poco, The Eagles)

Harry Hamlin – 70 years old (1951) – Actor (TV’s “L.A. Law”, “Veronica Mars”, movie “Clash of the Titans”)

Charles Martin Smith – 68 years old (1953) – Actor (“American Graffiti”, “Never Cry Wolf”, “Starman”, “The Buddy Holly Story”, “The Untouchables”)

Shanna Reed – 66 years old (1955) – Actress (TV’s “Major Dad”)

Kevin Pollak – 64 years old (1957) – Actor (“Willow”, “Ricochet”, “A Few Good Men”, “End of Days”, “The Wedding Planner”, “The Usual Suspects”, “The Whole Nine Yards”)

Michael Beach – 58 years old (1963) – Actor (“Soul Food”, “One False Move”, TV’s “Third Watch”)

Gavin Rossdale – 56 years old (1965) – Lead singer, rhythm guitarist (Bush)

Nia Long – 51 years old (1970) – Actress (“Are We There Yet?”, “Are We Done Yet?”, “Premonition”, “Alfie”, both “Big Momma’s House” movies, “Soul Food”, “Friday”, “Boyz n the Hood”, TV’s “Third Watch”)

Matthew Morrison – 43 years old (1978) – Actor (TV’s “Glee”)

Christopher Backus – 40 years old (1981) – Actor (TV’s “Will & Grace”, “The O.C.”, “Life on Mars”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “The Mentalist”, “Perception”)

Ivanka Trump – 40 years old (1981) – The daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump has regularly helped out on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice”

Janel Parrish – 33 years old (1988) – Actress (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”)

Tequan Richmond (T-Rich) – 29 years old (1992) – Actor (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”)



Candy Corn Day

Checklist Day

Create a Great Funeral Day

Haunted Refrigerator Night

Hug a Sheep Day

National Publicist Day

National Speak Up For Service Day

National Trick or Treat Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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  1. Suzanne Kayner
    October 30, 2017 - 10:37 am

    Interesting facts. I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Maureen
    October 31, 2020 - 4:26 pm

    I loved learning about things that happened on my birthday and who shares a birthday with me


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