Almanac History – January 30 over the years

Not all of the events chosen for today’s article happened in my lifetime but all of them, somehow, left either an imprint on my mind or a mark in the times in which I have lived. Some were important, some symbolic, others frivolous. But they left an impression. What they have in common is that they happened on January 30.


Historical events: 

1933 – Hitler installed as Chancellor of Germany. As leader of the biggest party in the Reichstag following the elections of that month, Hitler came to power through constitutional processes. What happened thereafter had a profound effect on shaping world politics and power paradigms for the rest of the century. This was the world in which I grew up. Unfortunately, remnants of the fascist right seem to be mounting a worrying comeback in the first quarter off this century.


1948 – the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Already heaving after Partition and independence a year earlier, the subcontinent (and the world) lost one of the towering figures of the Century in the form of a diminutive, lungi-clad pacifist who stared down the might of the British Empire.


1965 – the funeral of Winston Churchill, another titan of the Century, was mammoth and possibly marked the end of the last vestiges of the Empire. I had just started boarding school and, perhaps in a sign of the times, the whole school was bussed to the Toowoomba ‘picture theatre’ to see the documentary film made of the occasion. Do you remember the waterside crane drivers’ salute as the barge bearing the casket went past?


1968 – the Tet Offensive marked the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War, shaking America’s military and empowering the anti-war movement. Although militarily unsuccessful, the undermining of the confidence and will of the USA paved the way towards the eventual Paris Peace Accords (mentioned last week). The Moratorium Movement of the early 70s marked a new phase in my take on the world.



1972 – Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry saw the killing of 14 unarmed Nationalists by British soldiers. ‘The Troubles’ were undoubtedly one of the lowest points in 20th century British history. Although I am of German/Swiss heritage, our farm was ‘surrounded’ by folk of Irish background (O’Shea, O’Keefe, Hughes) and so I’ve always had a soft spot for the Irish. (‘Old Tom’ O’Shea once gave me a cheque for 10/- for helping him take his cattle to the local dip, the first money I ever earned – I was probably about ten years old at the time.)



1882 – birth of Franklin D Roosevelt – gee, the big names of the 20th Century are getting a good run today!


1930 – birth of Gene Hackman, actor, probably best know as ‘Popeye’ Doyle from The French Connection movies, but my favourite was 1974’s The Conversation’ where Hackman played Harry Caul, a surveillance expert. A chilling drama/thriller. Here’s a scene from late in the movie. I just love him as an actor.



1937 – birth of Vanessa Redgrave, actor, icon of British stage and screen productions which are too many to name. My favourite was the 1966 film Blow-up, where she starred opposite a very young David Hemmings. A 60s   mystery thriller. I watched it again a few years back on a long-haul flight to the UK – nostalgia.


1947 – birth of Steve Marriott of Small Faces and Humble Pie fame. I loved ‘Tin Soldier’, ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Lazy Sunday’, all songs from my years at boarding school and therefore always associated with particular images, school mates and adolescent angst. Take a look at ‘Tin Soldier’ below. So 60s!



1951 – birth of Phil Collins, predominantly 1980s singer, songwriter, drummer, formerly of Genesis and later a solo artist. His 1985 album ‘No Jacket Required’ was huge and his best-known songs include ‘One More Night’, ‘Against All Odds’ and ‘In The Air Tonight’. For a while there in the 80s, he seemed to be just everywhere. Apparently he’s no shrinking violet.



1933 – The Lone Ranger debuts as a radio serial and ran for 21 years. I’m obviously more familiar with the TV series that screened in Australia in the late 50s/early 60s with it’s catch phrases of ‘Hi-Yo, Silver, away!’ and ‘Who was that masked man?’ Clayton Moore starred as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as his Indian sidekick Tonto. This was one of the afternoon tv shows of my primary school years when tv was new to our house – and I was only allowed a certain amount of screen time, not unlike these days but with reference to a different type of screen. Watch an episode below.



1956 – Elvis Presley records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. A Carl Perkins composition but probably got its biggest airing with The King’s version. I was a bit too young to be in Elvis’ heyday; I was more of a Beatles/Merseyside/British Invasion kid of the mid to late 60s. But you could argue that the movies of both Elvis and The Beatles were excruciating!


1961 – Patsy Kline records ‘I Fall to Pieces’, her first Billboard chart topper, followed by possibly her signature tune, ‘Crazy’. Another victim of a plane crash at the age of just 30. My Dad was a bit of a country and western singer and so we got a bit of that in our household. He could also yodel!


1968 – Bobby Goldsboro records ‘Honey’, surely one of the worst songs of any era. Sorry to mention it.


1969 – The  Beatles perform their last live gig on the roof of the Apple Records building in Abbey Road. One of the images in the history of popular music. And yes, John, the band passed the audition! A true moment in time. Here’s an excerpt.



Cricket and Rugby League:

1883 – The England team was presented with the ashes of a bail following the Sydney Test. The notion of The Ashes dated from the previous year’s series in England but actual ashes in a physical form come from 1883. England won the 82/3 series 2-1 after losing the First Test. The scorecard from the Third Test (Sydney) make for interesting reading. Spofforth took 11 wickets in a losing side and Bannerman’s 94 was top score for the match, but Australia collapsed for just 83 chasing 153 for victory. In that final innings, England’s opening bowlers Morley (2/34 off 35 overs) and Barlow (7/40 off 34.2 overs) bowled unchanged for the whole innings! See the scorecard here.


1889 – Victoria defeated New South Wales after following on. A crazy match with NSW knocked over for 63 in pursuit of just 76 for victory. Even more amazing when you look at the NSW line-up. See the scoreboard here.


1934 – Bert ‘Dainty’ Ironmonger retired from first class cricket at the age of 51 years and 298 days. You have to remember that he made his Test debut at 45 years and 237 days of age – a late bloomer? See his career stats here.


1971 – D K Lillee (aka FOT) debuted for Australia in the Sixth Test of the 1970/71 series, immediately announcing his arrival on the scene by taking 5/84 in the Poms’ first innings. Lillee is a first choice in almost everyone’s All Time Australian Test Team, and an Australian legend. Think back to those chants, ‘Lillee, Lillee’ – spine tingling stuff! Or how about bowling IVA Richards with the last ball of the day in Melbourne; or that classic over to Richards in ‘The Miracle Match’, the 1976/77 Gillette Cup Final. Watch that over below, then see Lillee’s career stats here.




I can’t bring myself to feature the Fourth Test, Adelaide 1992/3 series v West Indies. I still have nightmares about that one. Where the hell was DRS when you needed it? The following week in Perth (covering January 30) was worse with Curtley Ambrose bowling that phenomenal spell of 7/1.


2000 – Andrew Ettingshausen announced that he would retire at season’s end. ET ended his career after 327 games for the Sharks, 27 State of Origin appearances for NSW and 25 Test matches for Australia. Watch some of his career highlights below.



Here, there and everywhere today (with appropriate apologies to Macca). Strike any chords with you?





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About Ian Hauser

A relaxed, Noosa-based retiree with a (very) modest sporting CV. A Queenslander through and through, especially when it comes to cricket and rugby league. I enjoy travel, good coffee and cake, reading, and have been known to appreciate a glass or three of wine. As well as being one of Footy Almanac's online editors, I moonlight as an editor for hire - check me out at


  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Another fine list Ian.

    Here’s the Hoodoo Gurus paying their respects to Gene Hackman

  2. Thanks, Swish. Loved the HG clip! Hackman sure was a versatile actor.

  3. Shane John Backx says

    Ian Hauser, if DRA was in use in 1992/93 in Adelaide we wouldve lost by about 20 runs. McDermott was given not out when he was caught behind earlier.

  4. Shane John Backx says

    Oops make that DRS!!

  5. Fair call, SJB. Like most sports fans, I’m guilty of remembering the ones I want to and ‘forgetting’ the ones I don’t.

    This series was Alan Border’s last chance as Captain to chalk up a series win over the Windies. In my mind’s eye, I can still see him in the Australian rooms hurling a ball into the floor in frustration/anger/whatever. Two miserable runs – so bloody close! I would have loved him to have had that final achievement on his CV. ‘Tubby’ Taylor got the chocolates next time around.

  6. That’s a huge day Ian, but I imagine most of them are in various senses. Thanks for the compilation. Astonished to see that Gene Hackman who I particularly enjoyed in the Royal Tenebaums is ninety.

    And that Adelaide Test.

  7. Regarding Bloody Sunday – the place isn’t called Londonderry, its called Derry. Calling it Londonderry is a bit like describing a Kiwi as Australian.

  8. Thanks, Dips. Sorry if I offended any sensitivities. Now changed.

  9. Grand list Ian. Reckon we might be similar vintage. Churchill dead headline in the Advertiser is one of my first world memories (after JFK Dallas ‘363). On holidays in Port Lincoln at mum’s parents house. Love the Small Faces whimsicality and Patsy Cline had a great voice. First really creative female C&W songwriter – the Geena Davis biopic was great.

  10. What I remember most about January the 30th is that it always immediately followed Jan the 29th. Not only that, but in the fifties, I was also still on School holidays – school began again about a week into February. During the seventies, weather permitting, you would find me fishing for garfish in the night time from the grange Jetty. For all that I really enjoyed your summary Ian – excellent work – Cheers

  11. PB, I remember exactly where I was sitting in the homestead kitchen when news came over the radio that Kennedy had been assassinated. Mum was busy cooking and Dad was probably reading the paper and so neither was concentrating on the radio. (Dad was almost impossible to get through to when he had his head in the paper! A bit like me these days.) They were quite shocked when I passed on the news. And, yes, we are similar vintage – ’52 for me. The Faces’ ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’ was particularly whimsical, almost with a touch of Australian ‘taking the piss’.

    Fisho, thanks and glad you enjoyed it – it took me several hours to research and compile but, as a former History teacher, I enjoyed the reminders and memories. I was amazed that YouTube allowed The Beatles clip. Here in Qld, we always started school in the last week of January. My wife (a city girl from Adelaide) was amazed recently to learn that, at our one teacher country primary school, we didn’t wear footwear except for a couple of hours on the odd cold morning in winter. On the farm, we fished in the creek, mostly after heavy rainfall, for jewfish and eels. I can’t stand the thought of eating eels these days!

  12. Gene Hackman is the man! So many terrific movies, so many staggeringly good performances. From Bonnie and Clyde all the way to The Royal Tenenbaums, I count 35 must see movies (many of them just to watch his performance). The Conversation is definitely right up there with the best of the best! As is Scarecrow, Hoosiers, Crimson Tide and Heist. Special mention for Superman!


  13. Some interesting events listed. Hitler, Gandhi, Churchill all featuring together on the same date is an unholy trilogy.

    The events of Tet in 1968 saw the beginning of the end of the war in Vietnam, where as ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Derry perpetuated the sore of British interference in Eire.

    Patsy Cline. Crazy, i go to pieces.

    As DK Lillee debuted for Australia, Bill Lawry was commencing his final appearance for Australia.


  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    In my Hoodoos haste, I didn’t bring up that DK’s First Test appearance (and Lawry’s last) was also my first, but I’m not sure which days I went to.

  15. Great stuff Ian yes I remember turning round immediately and seeing,AB hurl the ball against the WI when,
    McDermott was given out ( a tad disappointing to miss the birth of rulebook out I would have thought hey,Dips ) DK say no more as the highlight for me

  16. Frank Taylor says

    Nice piece Ian, similar vintage- 1954 – enjoyable read/history lesson.
    Loved it

  17. Frank, thanks for the positive comment. It seems that there are a few of us (you, PB, Col, RJL, Peter Fuller, me to name but a few) who are of very similar vintage. It’s an understatement to say that we have lived through very interesting times, mostly for the better IMHO. Each time I do one of these pieces, I’m amazed at the number of events/people there are to choose from for any given date. Hopefully I can keep finding a few items that register a hit with readers.

    Malcolm, were you able to watch Ambrose’s bowling spell at the time it happened? I watched a clip of it the other day. Simply unplayable!

  18. Ian yep unplayable and demoralising yep watched it at the time also having spent a fair bit of time with,Greg Blewett over the years that grubber has been discussed more than once or twice

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