January 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 30



January 30th observes Croissant Day and Insane Answering Machine Day.

Welcome to day thirty, another milestone on the calendar! Who’s looking forward to February?

Here you’ll find so many interesting events that all took place on January 30, including many war and crime related events.

Did you know that on this day in 1965, over 320,000 people attended Winston Churchill’s funeral? It was given television coverage by the BBC for over 4 hours.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about January 30th in history!


What memorable events happened on January 30 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Coronavirus was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Researchers identified the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans.

OTD in 2017: Researchers identified the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans.

The microscopic, bag-like sea creature was discovered in fossils in China, which dates back 540 million years.


South Korea’s first launch vehicle successfully reached orbit for the first time.

The launch vehicle, Naro-1, was a two-stage rocket with a modified Russian Angara URM as the first stage and a solid-fuel second stage constructed by South Korea’s national space agency. The first two attempts to launch were total failures, with the Naro-1 exploding in mid-air. This third attempt successfully carried a South Korean Science and Technology Satellite 2C (STSAT-2C) into orbit.


Justin Bieber reached one million followers on Twitter.


The US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, closed due to increasing security concerns.


Varig Flight 967 disappeared thirty minutes after taking off from Tokyo.

The Boeing 707 cargo plane was carrying more than a million dollars worth of artwork in addition to its regular cargo. It lost radio contact about 120 miles (200 km) northeast of Tokyo. Neither the plane, its cargo, nor any of the crew members were ever seen again.


Over 321,000 people attended Winston Churchill’s funeral to say goodbye.

OTD in 1965: Over 321

It was the largest state funeral of its time.


Patsy Cline released her single “I Fall to Pieces.”

The single went on to being the Billboard Song of the Year in 1961.


A three-day-long “dense smog” rolled through London.

With visibility being almost zero, the AA reported the pollution level as “very grim.”


White supremacist terrorists bombed Martin Luther King Jr’s home.


Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

OTD in 1948: Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

Gandhi was taking part in afternoon prayers when Nathuram Godse shot him point-blank.


Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany.


Silent romance comedy “City Lights” by Charlie Chaplin premiered at the Los Angeles Theater.


Captain James Cook reached a record 1,130 miles from the South Pole.

OTD in 1774: Captain James Cook reached a record 1

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.


Danielle Campbell



Danielle Campbell


29 years old

Born In:

Illinois, USA


Christian Bale



Christian Bale


50 years old

Born In:

Wales, UK


Franklin D. Roosevelt



Franklin D. Roosevelt

Died On:

Apr 12, 1945 (Age 63)

Born In:

New York, USA


Phil Collins



Phil Collins


73 years old

Born In:

England, UK


What is your favorite quote from January 30th? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day in history.


Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.



French Writer

Special Holidays

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

January 30: National Insane Answering Machine Day
United States

National Inane Answering Machine Day

Receiving answering machine messages was so annoying that it’s still remembered today! While this day used to be all about ignoring the endless stream of answering machine messages you got, it’s now the perfect time to be glad we no longer have these silly machines!

January 30: National Croissant Day
United States

National Croissant Day

After a wonderful night’s sleep, it’s always best to start the day off right, which means a proper breakfast! Today is National Croissant Day, so why not ditch the toast and go for something a little more continental? You won’t regret it!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Samsung means “three stars” in Korean. The founder chose this name because he wanted the company to be powerful and everlasting like stars in the sky.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on January 30th all share the Aquarius star sign.

Aquarians love to express their individuality by being unique in how they act, the clothes they wear, their hair, and any other way they can think of.

If you were born in January, your birthstone is the Garnet. The garnet is said to bring love, luck, health, loyalty, and friendship to people who are born this month.

If you were born on January 30th, you were likely conceived on the week of May 9th in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on January 30, 2024, will be due around October 23, 2024.

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