Today in History: October 30, honor for Rosa Parks
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2022. There are 62 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 30, 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights icon became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda; President George W. Bush and congressional leaders paused to lay wreaths by her casket.
On this date:
In 1885, poet Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho.
In 1912, Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died six days before Election Day. (Sherman was replaced with Nicholas Murray Butler, but Taft, the Republican candidate, ended up losing in an Electoral College landslide to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.)
In 1938, the radio play “The War of the Worlds,” starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS.
In 1945, the U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.
In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb, the “Tsar Bomba,” with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb.
In 1972, 45 people were killed when an Illinois Central Gulf commuter train was struck from behind by another train on Chicago’s South Side.
In 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (zah-EER’), known as the “Rumble in the Jungle,” to regain his world heavyweight title.
In 1975, the New York Daily News ran the headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead” a day after President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
In 1995, by a razor-thin vote of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, Federalists prevailed over separatists in a Quebec secession referendum.
In 2000, comedian, television host, author and composer Steve Allen died in Encino, California, at age 78.
In 2001, Ukraine destroyed its last nuclear missile silo, fulfilling a pledge to give up the vast nuclear arsenal it had inherited after the breakup of the former Soviet Union.
In 2013, the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 at Fenway.
Ten years ago: A weakening Superstorm Sandy inched inland across Pennsylvania, leaving behind it a dazed, inundated New York City, and a waterlogged Atlantic Coast; the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day from weather, the first time that had happened since the Great Blizzard of 1888. The Walt Disney Co. announced that it would buy Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion, paving the way for a new “Star Wars” trilogy.
Five years ago: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a former Manafort business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted on felony charges as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed its first targets. (Manafort was sentenced to more than seven years for financial crimes related to political consulting work in Ukraine; he was pardoned by President Donald Trump in the final weeks of Trump’s term. Gates pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges and testified against Manafort.) At his sentencing hearing, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl apologized to the military personnel who were wounded searching for him after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. (Bergdahl would be spared a prison sentence by a military judge.) A federal judge in Washington barred the Trump administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service.
One year ago: A court filing by the National Archives revealed that former President Donald Trump was trying to block documents including call logs and handwritten notes from his chief of staff relating to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection from being released to the House committee investigating the riot. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies, at a G-20 summit in Rome, endorsed a global minimum tax on corporations as part of an agreement on new international tax rules. President Joe Biden received Communion at St. Patrick’s Church in Rome during Saturday Vigil Mass, a day after saying Pope Francis told him he should continue to partake in the sacrament.
Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Claude Lelouch is 85. Rock singer Grace Slick is 83. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 83. R&B singer Otis Williams (The Temptations) is 81. Actor Joanna Shimkus is 79. Actor Henry Winkler is 77. Broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell is 76. Rock musician Chris Slade (Asia) is 76. Country/rock musician Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) is 75. Actor Leon Rippy is 73. Actor Harry Hamlin is 71. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 69. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 68. Actor Kevin Pollak is 65. Rock singer-musician Jerry De Borg (Jesus Jones) is 62. Actor Michael Beach is 59. Rock singer-musician Gavin Rossdale (Bush) is 57. Actor Jack Plotnick is 54. Comedian Ben Bailey is 52. Actor Billy Brown is 52. Actor Nia Long is 52. Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SHeDAISY) (sh-DAY’-zee) is 46. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal is 44. Actor Matthew Morrison is 44. Business executive and former presidential adviser Ivanka Trump is 41. Actor Fiona Dourif is 41. Actor Shaun Sipos (SEE’-pohs) is 41. Actor Tasso Feldman is 39. Actor Janel (juh-NEHL’) Parrish is 34. Actor Tequan Richmond is 30. Actor Kennedy McMann is 26. NHL defenseman Cale Makar is 24.
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