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 – 84 years old (1939) – Singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship)

Otis Williams – 82 years old (1941) – Singer (The Temptations)

Henry Winkler – 78 years old (1945) – Actor, producer, director (“The Fonz” on TV’s “Happy Days”, movie “The Lords of Flatbush”)

Timothy B. Schmit – 76 years old (1947) – Bassist, vocalist (Poco, The Eagles)

Harry Hamlin – 72 years old (1951) – Actor (TV’s “L.A. Law”, “Veronica Mars”, movie “Clash of the Titans”)

Charles Martin Smith – 70 years old (1953) – Actor (“American Graffiti”, “Never Cry Wolf”, “Starman”, “The Buddy Holly Story”, “The Untouchables”)

Shanna Reed – 68 years old (1955) – Actress (TV’s “Major Dad”)

Kevin Pollak – 66 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 – 60 years old (1963) – Actor (“Soul Food”, “One False Move”, TV’s “Third Watch”)

Gavin Rossdale – 58 years old (1965) – Lead singer, rhythm guitarist (Bush)

Nia Long – 53 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 – 45 years old (1978) – Actor (TV’s “Glee”)

Christopher Backus – 42 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 – 42 years old (1981) – The daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump has regularly helped out on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice”

Janel Parrish – 35 years old (1988) – Actress (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”)

Tequan Richmond (T-Rich) – 31 years old (1992) – Actor (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”)



Create a Great Funeral Day

Haunted Refrigerator Night

National Candy Corn Day

National Checklist Day

National Publicist Day

National Speak Up For Service Day

World Audio Drama 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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