On this day
Cash registers were first patented on this day all the way back in 1883! The patent holders, James Kitty and John Birch, changed the way we pay for goods and services - and while things are mostly digital now, we have a lot to thank the duo for.
Hitler came to prominence.
Not wonderful news at all - but on January 30th 1933, Paul von Hindenburg - then President of Germany - made Adolf Hitler the country’s Chancellor. Regrettably, the rest was history.
Mahatma Gandhi was tragically assassinated.
The iconic Mahatma Gandhi - one of India’s most famous leaders and teachers - was killed by an assailant on January 30th, 1948. Gandhi was held in high esteem by millions of people - his unassuming, gentle but firm manner, helped him achieve great things in social and political realms!
The Beatles say farewell.
January 30th is an extremely important day for Fab Four fans everywhere - as it's when Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison all performed together on the rooftop of Apple Corps Records in Savile Row, London. This impromptu gig is iconic to this day - and given Lennon's tragic murder in 1981, this 1969 concert really was the last time the quartet would perform together live.
Bloody Sunday devastated families in Northern Ireland.
On January 30th, 1972, 13 people lost their lives - and 14 were injured - as a result of British paratroopers killing several Roman Catholic protestors in Derry, Northern Ireland. This event is known as Bloody Sunday - and it’s said to have led to a strengthening of the IRA against the British.
Special Days Falling on January 30thNot celebrating a birthday or life event today? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some special days currently marked on January 30th, year after year.
National Croissant Day
Ever tucked into a crisp croissant before? Marie Antoinette introduced this pastry to France, and since then, all French boulangeries sell them. Nowadays, these crescent-shaped pastries are eaten all over the world! If you have never tasted one, they have a soft, doughy texture with an outer shell that easily flakes.
Today, Indian people celebrate the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who was tragically murdered on January 30th 1948. People inspired by his teachings and message of peace spread his wisdom on January 30th - offering plenty of chances for non-Indian nationals to learn more about the leader’s work and life.
National Draw a Dinosaur Day
On a lighter note, it’s time to crack out the crayons! Believe it or not, January 30th is the perfect day to draw your best dinosaur - make it as scary or as cute as you like! This event is celebrated in schools across the US, helping kids to learn about their history as well as to flex some creative muscles.