Are you an inquisitive person who enjoys learning? Here are today’s 15 Weird But True Facts From January 30.
1649 – King Charles I of England is beheaded.
1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed two years after his death, on the anniversary of the execution of the monarch Cromwell himself deposed.
1820 – Edward Bransfield sights the Trinity Peninsula and claims the discovery of Antarctica.
1826 – The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales, is opened.
1835 – In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, Richard Lawrence attempts to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but fails and is subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen.
.1933 – Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1948 – Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known for his non-violent freedom struggle, is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.
1956 – American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1959 – MS Hans Hedtoft, said to be the safest ship afloat and "unsinkable" like the RMS Titanic, strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sinks, killing all 95 aboard.
1964 – In a bloodless coup, General Nguyen Khanh overthrows General Duong Van Minh's military junta in South Vietnam.
1969 – The Beatles' last public performance is held on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.
1971 – Carole King releases the album Tapestry, which will become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide.
1975 – The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is established as the first United States National Marine Sanctuary.
1982 – Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and is disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner".
1994 – Péter Lékó becomes the youngest chess grand master.
Here is one fun bonus question:
What famous West Coast city is re-named on this date in 1847? The original name is Yerba Buena. Answer on Feb. 2.
While these interesting items are intriguing, they have nothing to do with my real estate business, helping people like you buy and sell homes in Silicon Valley, Calif. and beyond. I admit, they just add fun and fascination to life.
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