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Events - January 30
1798 - The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives was witnessed by legislators. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold duked it out right there on the House floor. The spat occurred when Lyon spit in Griswold’s face.

1894 - C.B. King of Detroit, MI interested in all things pneumatic, earned himself a patent for the pneumatic hammer, the heavy jackhammer that runs on air and makes quite a racket.

1910 - Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in lovely Playa del Ray, California.

1911 - The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer "Terry", when downed pilot, James McCurdy, was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.

1917 - The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded a classic for Columbia Records titled, "The Darktown Strutters’ Ball". It was one of the first jazz compositions recorded.

1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard for the first time. The famous radio western ran for 2,956 episodes and came to an end in 1955. George Seaton (Stenius) was the first voice of the Lone Ranger. Jack Deeds and Earle Graser followed in the role. However, it was Brace Beemer who is best remembered as former Texas Ranger, John Reid. He played the part of the black-masked ranger, fighting for frontier justice, for thirteen consecutive years.

1948 - Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Ghandi was murdered by a Hindu extremist in New Delhi. Ghandi had led his nation to independence from British rule through his philosophy of non-violent confrontation.

1950 - NBC-TV debuted the drama series, "Robert Montgomery Presents". The show was well received and played for seven seasons on the Peacock Network.

1958 - The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport: 1,435 feet.

1960 - The women’s singles U.S. figure skating championship was won by Carol Heiss.

1969 - The Beatles made their last public appearance -- at a free concert at their Apple corporate headquarters in London. The group recorded "Get Back"; and were also filmed for the movie "Let It Be".

1983 - Super Bowl XVII (at Pasadena): Washington Redskins 27, Miami Dolphins 17. Blowout? No way. Score at the end of three: Miami 17, Washington 13. QB Joe Theismann, RB John Riggins (the game’s MVP) and the Hogs (tackles Joe Jacoby and George Starke, guards Russ Grimm, Mark May, Fred Dean and center Jeff Bostic, tight ends Don Warren and Rick Walker -- RB Riggins became an honorary Hog). Tickets: $40.00.

1986 - The popular Love Stamp that pictured a little dog, went on sale this day. The U.S. postal stamp was the fifth in the continuing series. As of that date, more than 302 million Love Stamps had been sold.

1994 - Super Bowl XXVIII (at Atlanta): Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13. A tough defense and a running back named Emmit Smith (MVP). It was the Cowboys’ fourth Super Bowl win (against three losses). Bills’ Super Bowl record: 0-4. Tickets: $175.00.

2000 - Super Bowl XXXIV (at Atlanta): St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16. Rams’ QB Kurt Warner (MVP) completed 24 of 45 passes for a record 414 yards (breaking Joe Montana's mark of 357 yards). Plays of the game: 1) Warner to Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter and 2) St. Louis linebacker Mike Jones stopping Tennessee's Kevin Dyson just short of the goal line as time expired. Tickets: $325.00 to $400.

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Birthdays - January 30
1882 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd U.S. President [1933-1945], only President elected 4 times [died 83 days after 4th inauguration], only President to serve more than two terms; died Apr 12, 1945)

1911 - (David) Roy ‘Little Jazz’ Eldridge (trumpeter: soloist with Gene Krupa’s Band; Let Me Off Uptown [w/Anita O’Day]; U.S. President Carter’s White House Jazz Party [1978]; died Feb 26, 1989)

1914 - John Ireland (actor: Gunfight at the OK Corral [1957], Little Big Horn, Spartacus, All the King’s Men, Marilyn: The Untold Story, Messenger of Death; died Mar 21, 1992)

1914 - David Wayne (McMeekan) (actor: Adam’s Rib, Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie, The Good Life, The Tender Trap, The Last Angry Man, The Three Faces of Eve, The Adromeda Strain; died Feb 9, 1995)

1921 - Bernie Leighton (jazz pianist: LP: Dizzy Fingers; died Sep 16, 1994)

1922 - Dick Martin (Emmy Award-winning comedian: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In [1968, 1969]: “Say good night Dick.” “Good night, Dick!”; died May 24, 2008)

1923 - Walt (Walter) ‘Moose’ Dropo (baseball: first baseman: Boston Red Sox [AL Rookie of the Year: 1950/all-star: 1950], Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Redlegs, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds; died Dec 17, 2010)

1925 - Dorothy Malone (Maloney) (actress: Written on the Wind, Beach Party, Basic Instinct, Battle Cry, Man of a Thousand Faces)

1928 - Harold Prince (producer, director: A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

1928 - Ruth Brown (R&B and jazz singer: So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes, Hours, Mambo Baby, Lucky Lips, This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’; died Nov 17, 2006)

1930 - Gene Hackman (Academy Award-winning actor: The French Connection [1971]; Bonnie and Clyde, Hawaii, Mississippi Burning, The Poseidon Adventure, Postcards from the Edge, Superman, The Firm, Crimson Tide)

1931 - Charlie (Charles Lenard) Neal (baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1956], LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959/all-star: 1959, 1960], NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds; died Nov 18, 1996)

1934 - Tammy Grimes (actress: The Runner Stumbles, Backstreet Justice; died Oct 30, 2016)

1936 - Horst Jankowski (pianist: A Walk in the Black Forest; died June 29, 1998)

1937 - Vanessa Redgrave (Emmy Award-winning actress: Playing for Time [1981]; Academy Award-winner: Julia [1977]; Mary Queen of Scots, A Man for All Seasons)

1937 - Boris Spassky (World Champion chess player [U.S.S.R.] [1969-1971])

1938 - Norma Jean (Beasler) (country singer: LP: Norma Jean, Heaven Help the Working Girl; TV: Ozark Jubilee)

1938 - Paul Neumann (basketball: San Francisco Warriors)

1941 - Joe Terranova (singer: Danny and the Juniors: At the Hop, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay)

1942 - Marty Balin (Buchwald) (musician, singer: group: Jefferson Airplane/Starship; solo: Hearts, Atlanta Lady)

1943 - Davey (David Allen) Johnson (baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969-1971/all-star: 1968-1970, 1973], Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs; NY Mets Manager [1984-90]; manager: Cincinnati Reds)

1947 - Steve Marriott (singer, songwriter, musician: guitar: groups: The Small Faces: Watcha Gonna Do, Hey Girl, All or Nothing, My Mind’s Eye, Swinging London, Itchycoo Park, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Moments, Humble Pie, Packet of Three; child actor: Oliver!; killed in Essex, England house fire Apr 20, 1991)

1949 - William King (musician: trumpet, keyboard: group: The Commodores: Just to be Close to You, Sweet Love, Easy, Sail On, Three Times a Lady, Still, Nightshift)

1951 - Phil Collins (singer, musician: drums: group: Genesis; solo: In the Air Tonight, I Missed Again, You Can’t Hurry Love, Sussudio, One More Night, Two Hearts; actor: Oliver, A Hard Day’s Night, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

1951 - Charles Dutton (actor: A Time to Kill, The Piano Lesson, Alien 3, Runaway, Crocodile Dundee 2, Cat’s Eye, Roc; Emmy Award-winning director: The Corner [2000])

1952 - Larry Carriere (hockey: NHL: Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Flames, Vancouver Canucks, LA Kings, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs; Assistant to GM: Buffalo Sabres)

1952 - Brian Ogilvie (hockey: NHL: Chicago Blackhawks, SL Blues)

1957 - Payne Stewart (golf: champ: PGA Championship [1989], U.S. Open [1991, 1999: 13th player to win two U.S. Opens]; trademark knickers and tam-o’-shanter hat; killed in plane malfunction that caused pressurization failure Oct 25, 1999)

1959 - Jody Watley (singer: group: Shalamar)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - January 30
1950
Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Bing Crosby
The Old Master Painter - Richard Hayes
A Dreamer’s Holiday - Perry Como
Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me - Eddy Arnold

1958
At the Hop - Danny & The Juniors
Don’t/I Beg of You - Elvis Presley
Stood Up/Waitin’ in School - Ricky Nelson
The Story of My Life - Marty Robbins

1966
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) - The T-Bones
Giddyup Go - Red Sovine

1974
You’re Sixteen - Ringo Starr
The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
Love’s Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
I Love - Tom T. Hall

1982
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Centerfold - The J. Geils Band
Harden My Heart - Quarterflash
The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) - Juice Newton

1990
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael Bolton
Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
Just to Make It Right - Seduction
Nobody’s Home - Clint Black

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