On This Day … 30 January


  • 1018 – Poland and the Holy Roman Empire conclude the Peace of Bautzen.
  • 1287 – King Wareru founds the Hanthawaddy Kingdom, and proclaims independence from the Pagan Kingdom.
  • 1648 – Eighty Years’ War: The Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück is signed, ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain.
  • 1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed more than two years after his death, on the 12th anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed.
  • 1703 – The Forty-seven rōnin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master, by killing Kira Yoshinaka.
  • 1789 – Tây Sơn forces emerge victorious against Qing armies and liberate the capital Thăng Long.
  • 1862 – The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor is launched.
  • 1889 – Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, is found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in the Mayerling.
  • 1911 – The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of Douglas McCurdy ten miles from Havana, Cuba.
  • 1933 – Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
  • 1942 – World War II: Battle of Ambon. Japanese forces invade the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies. Some 300 captured Allied troops are massacred at Laha airfield. Three-fourths of remaining POWs did not survive at the end of the war, including 250 men who were shipped to Hainan Island in South China Sea and never returned.
  • 1944 – World War II: The Battle of Cisterna, part of Operation Shingle, begins in central Italy.
  • 1945 – World War II: The Wilhelm Gustloff, overfilled with German refugees, sinks in the Baltic Sea after being torpedoed by a Soviet submarine, killing approximately 9,500 people.
  • 1945 – World War II: Raid at Cabanatuan: One hundred twenty-six American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied prisoners from the Japanese-controlled Cabanatuan POW camp.
  • 1959 – The forces of the Sultanate of Muscat occupy the last strongholds of the Imamate of Oman, Saiq and Shuraijah, marking the end of Jebel Akhdar War in Oman.
  • 1964 – In a bloodless coup, General Nguyễn Khánh overthrows General Dương Văn Minh’s military junta in South Vietnam.
  • 1968 – Vietnam War: Tet Offensive launch by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies.
  • 1972 – The Troubles: Bloody Sunday: British paratroopers open fire on anti-internment marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland, killing 13 people; another person later dies of injuries sustained.

People (Births)

  • 1816 – Nathaniel P. Banks, American general and politician, 24th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1894).
  • 1914 – Luc-Marie Bayle, French commander and painter (d. 2000).
  • 1915 – Joachim Peiper, German SS officer (d. 1976).
  • 1915 – John Profumo, English soldier and politician, Secretary of State for War (d. 2006).
  • 1924 – Lloyd Alexander, American soldier and author (d. 2007).
  • 1930 – Magnus Malan, South African general and politician, South African Minister of Defence (d. 2011).
  • 1945 – Meir Dagan, Israeli military officer and intelligence official, Director of Mossad (2002–11) (d. 2016).

People (Deaths)

  • 1606 – Everard Digby, English criminal (b. 1578).
  • 1606 – John Grant, English conspirator (b. 1570).
  • 1606 – Robert Wintour, English conspirator (b. 1565).
  • 1948 – Arthur Coningham, Australian air marshal (b. 1895).
  • 1948 – Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule (b. 1869).
  • 1994 – Pierre Boulle, French soldier and author (b. 1912).
  • 2001 – Jean-Pierre Aumont, French soldier and actor (b. 1911).
  • 2001 – Johnnie Johnson, English air marshal and pilot (b. 1915).
  • 2009 – H. Guy Hunt, American soldier, pastor, and politician, 49th Governor of Alabama (b. 1933).
  • 2014 – Stefan Bałuk, Polish general and photographer (b. 1914).

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