Lost and Found – January 30th Edition

What to remember about January 30th…

  • 1703  In Japan the Forty-seven Ronin avenge the death of their master in an attack that took 2-years to plan and execute
  • 1781  Maryland is 13th and final state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, does so only after Virginia gives up claims to western lands
  • 1835  Deranged Richard Lawrence is 1st to attempt to assassinate an American president; Andrew Jackson escapes injury when attackers pistols misfire
  • 1862  America’s 1st “ironclad” warship USS Monitor is commissioned
  • 1882  Future 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1933  German president Paul von Hindenburg names Adolf Hitler to be chancellor
  • 1945  While evacuating civilians during operation Hannibal, German transport ship MV Wilhelm Gustav is sunk by Soviet submarine, over 9000 civilians die
  • 1945  126 American Army Rangers and Filipino scouts rescue almost 500 POW’s from Japanese prison camp in Raid at Cabanatuan
  • 1948  Political and spiritual leader of Indian independence movement Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi assassinated by Hindu fanatic (b. 1869)
  • 1956  Home of Martin Luther King Jr. is bombed in response to Bus Boycott
  • 1968  Massive surprise attacks across the country mark beginning of the Tet Offensive; ultimately a failure for North Vietnam, public loses confidence in President Lyndon Johnson’s promises of rapid resolution of Vietnam conflict
  • 1972  British soldiers shoot 30 unarmed protesters in Londonderry, Northern Ireland killing 13; “Bloody Sunday” leads to IRA bombing campaign
  • 2006  Civil rights activist and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King dies (b. 1927)
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