On This Day: May 30, 2020


1672 Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia

1846 Peter Faberge, Russian jeweller

1896 Howard Hawks, American film director

1908 Mel Blanc, Provided many cartoon voices for Warner Brothers

1909 Benny Goodman, American bandleader

1937 Philip Whitehead, Radio broadcaster

1949 Bob Willis, Cricketer


1536 King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour

1842 An assassination attempt was made on Queen Victoria

1934 Nazis began the open trials of alleged communists

1935 Pakistan was struck by a severe earthquake

1942 The RAF mounted a 1000-bomber raid on the German city of Cologne

1946 Bread rationing began in Britain

1948 The British Citizen Act came into force

1967 Lt Col Ojukwu, governor of the east, declared his region the Republic of Biafra.

1967 Ojukwu proclaims the former Eastern Region a sovereign nation, Biafra.

1967 Claude Rains, the British born film actor, died

1971 Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit Mars, was launched

1989 Singer Cliff Richard released his 100th single