This Day in History

Posted: Friday, January 30, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1920, a fire destroyed the plant of the Daily Alaska Citizen at Fairbanks.

In the nation

• In 1882, the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

• In 1933, the first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.

• In 1962, two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.

• In 1964, the United States launched Ranger VI, an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.

• In 1981, an estimated 2 million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the freed American hostages from Iran.

• In 2003, Richard Reid, the British citizen and al-Qaida follower who'd tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston.

In the world

• In 1649, England's King Charles I was beheaded.

• In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.

• In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

• In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

• In 1972, 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

• In 1979, the civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who'd been living in exile in France, to return.

• In 1994, the Dallas Cowboys repeated as NFL champions as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, in Super Bowl 28. It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills.

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