January 30th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
January 30th History Highlights
January 30th is…
National Escape Day
National Croissant Day
Yodel for Your Neighbors Day
Faith, Hope, and Charity
We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in modern civilization.
Faith – in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships.
Hope – renewed because we know so well the progress we have made.
Charity – in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom helps men to help themselves.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 30th Birthday Quotes
Beyond a certain point, the music isn’t mine anymore. It’s yours.
I have a fear of being boring.
Is there not glory enough in living the days given to us? You should know there is an adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty, too.
Sometimes you have to forgive and forget. Forgive them for hurting you and forget they exist.
Ask the right questions if you’re going to find the right answers.
When things get dark, they’re going to get darker, and at that very moment, that’s when you hang on that much tighter because that’s when salvation and light come.
Whatever you do, do it completely. Don’t do it half-arsed. Do it more than anybody else would.
I just wanna learn and I wanna grow. I wanna consume as much information as possible. I wanna be great.
January 30th Birthdays
1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician, 32nd President of the United States (died in 1945)
1920 – Patrick Heron, British painter (died in 1999)
1922 – Dick Martin, American comedic actor (died in 2008)
1924 – Lloyd Chudley Alexander, American writer (died in 2007)
1928 – Harold Prince, American director, and producer (died in 2019)
1930 – Gene Hackman, American actor, and author
1934 – Tammy Grimes, American actress, and singer (died in 2016)
1937 – Vanessa Redgrave, English actress
1937 – Boris Spassky, Russian chess player
1941 – Dick Cheney, American businessman, and politician
1942 – Marty Balin, American singer-songwriter
1947 – Steve Marriott, English singer-songwriter
1951 – Phil Collins, English drummer, singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1951 – Charles S. Dutton, American actor
1953 – Fred Hembeck, American author and illustrator
1958 – Brett Butler, American actress
1959 – Jody Watley, American singer
1974 – Christian Bale, Welsh actor
1980 – Wilmer Valderrama, American actor
1984 – Kid Cudi, American singer
January 30th History
January 29, 1979 Texas Shooting: Teenager Brenda Spencer is considered the first modern-day school shooter. In the midst of her shooting spree, she actually answered a call from a journalist and said her reasoning was “[I] don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” She then resumed, killing 2 and injuring 9.
1703 – The 47 Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori.
1790 – The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.
1868 – Charles Darwin’s book, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was published.
1933 – Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1948 – Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
1958 – The first two-way, moving sidewalk (1,425 feet long) was put in service at Love Field Air Terminal in Dallas, TX.
January 30, 1960 Birthday (fictional) Lily Evans, Harry Potter
1961 – #1 Hit January 30, 1961 – February 12, 1961: The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
1968 – The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong began the Tet Offensive
1972 – British Paratroopers open fire on and kill fourteen unarmed civil rights/anti-internment marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland. It was commemorated by the US with 1983’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.
1973 – KISS played their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens New York.
1982 – #1 Hit January 30, 1982 – February 5, 1982: Daryl Hall and John Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
1987 – Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, Radio Days, and Outrageous Fortune were released in theaters.
1988 – #1 Hit January 30, 1988 – February 5, 1988: INXS – Need You Tonight
1999 – #1 Hit January 30, 1999 – February 12, 1999: Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
2007 – Microsoft released Windows Vista.
2009 – Taken and The Uninvited were released in theaters
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes.
“Back, and to the left.” – Jim Garrison in JFK #moviequotes
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen
Warren Beatty – Real Name: Warren Beaty
When I had 28.8k internet, all I wanted was to be able to watch videos. Now that we have broadband and youtube everywhere, I hate links that turn out to be videos.
Biggest film of 1948: The Snake Pit earned ~ $10,000,000
“I dread high-priced Havanas with a fancy label; a label which augments the price of the cigar twenty-seven degrees beyond its value. I have accepted tons of those; and given them to the poor. It’s not that I hate the poor but that I do not wish to waste anything.” – Mark Twain, speaking about Cuban Cigars
What is it with film villains and Beethoven’s 9th symphony, 4th movement?
Steven Spielberg nicknamed the mechanical shark in the movie Jaws: ‘Bruce’.
I want to see a movie where machines gain intelligence and go to war with humanity, only to be defeated when some guy deletes a single semi-colon from their code.
A group of Tomorrows is a Promise.
“He had no hobby, cared for no amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene.” – Tesla dissing Edison.
If a bunch of girls named Paige are around each other, does that make them a chapter?
Car tires are made with uneven tread, to stop them ‘humming’ as they drive along.
The kid: Why did the chicken cross the road?
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