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This Day in History – January 30

1799 – Rep Mathew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument.

1800 – US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%)

1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a U.S. President.

1862 – USS Monitor, the US Navy’s first ironclad warship launched.

1911 – 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba.

1928 – 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US.

1934 – 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC.

1944 – World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands.

1946 – 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime.

1956 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s home bombed.

1960 – CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)

1961 – JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps.

1964 – Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail.

1966 – -27 degrees F, New Market, Alabama (state record)

1968 – Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, “Honey”

1973 – Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts.

1975 – Erno Rubik applies for a patent for his “Magic Cube” invention, later to be known as a Rubik’s cube.

1977 – 8th (final) part of “Roots” is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)

1997 – Minuteman III launches.

2003 – Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board.

2015 – Shake Shack founded by Danny Meyer first lists on the New York stock exchange.

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