Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during their world heavyweight championship match on this day in 1974.
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during their world heavyweight championship match on this day in 1974.

Today in History: October 30

Highlights in history on this date:

1867: Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, arrives in Adelaide at start of his Australian visit.

1920: The Communist Party of Australia is formed in Sydney.

1922: Benito Mussolini forms a fascist government, becomes premier of Italy.

1930: Treaty of friendship between Greece and Turkey is signed in Ankara.

1938: A radio dramatisation of the HG Wells novel War of the Worlds causes mass panic in the United States.

1956: Britain and France issue an ultimatum to Egypt and Israel, calling for a ceasefire.

1972: In Canada, Pierre Trudeau and his Liberal Party narrowly win the general election.

1974: Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain his world heavyweight title.

1987: Faith - George Michael's debut album - is released.

 

George Michael performs on stage during his Faith tour.
George Michael performs on stage during his Faith tour.

1989: Riot police in Moscow repeatedly charge at club demonstrators after a candlelight vigil outside KGB headquarters in memory of Stalin's victims.

1995: Quebec holds a referendum on independence from Canada, voting against separation by 50.6 per cent to 49.4 per cent.

1996: An Ethiopian air force plane crashes in a market east of the capital, Addis Ababa, killing eight people and setting 50 homes and shops on fire.

1997: Sri Lanka's air force begins recruiting women to train as pilots for cockpits left vacant by the deaths of airmen in the country's civil war.

1998: While cracking down on the militant Hamas movement, the Palestinian Authority cabinet ratifies the Wye land-for-peace accord.

1999: The last Indonesian troop ship sails out of East Timor, ending a bloody 24-year military engagement in the now independent nation.

2000: A Spanish Supreme Court judge, his bodyguard and chauffeur are killed and 35 others are injured when a suspected Basque separatist car bomb rocks a busy residential area in the country's south during morning peak hour.

 

Flames and smoke surround the getaway car which suspect ETA separatists blew up after exploding a car bomb on this day in 2000.
Flames and smoke surround the getaway car which suspect ETA separatists blew up after exploding a car bomb on this day in 2000.

2001: The US releases a new list of about 200 individuals it suspects of having links to the September 11 attacks; Ukraine destroys its last nuclear missile silo, fulfilling a pledge to give up the vast nuclear arsenal it inherited after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

2002: The Irish Republican Army breaks off negotiations with an independent disarmament commission over talks on scrapping weapons - a key goal of Northern Ireland's four-year-old peace accord.

2003: An army of 13,000 US firefighters struggles to contain the worst wildfires in California in years. Twenty people die and thousands of homes are destroyed.

2004: Osama bin Laden issues his first videotaped message in more than a year to deride US President George W. Bush and warn of possible new September 11-style attacks.

2005: A group with possible ties to Kashmir's most feared militants claims responsibility for a series of terrorist bombings that killed 59 people in New Delhi the previous night.

2006: Three people are killed in Algeria when two truck bombs explode minutes apart at two police stations outside the capital Algiers.

2009: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is confronted repeatedly by Pakistanis as she ends a tense three-day tour of the country.

Hillary Clinton with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during her tour of the country in 2009.
Hillary Clinton with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during her tour of the country in 2009.

2010: Yemeni police arrest a woman on suspicion of mailing a pair of bombs powerful enough to take down aeroplanes, reportedly targeted at the US.

2011: Cricket legend and Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan rails against the government and its alliance with the US before more than 100,000 flag-waving supporters.

2012: Australian reality TV show winner Jason Sullivan escapes charges for trespassing at Tom Cruise's Hollywood home.

2013: Israel announces plans to build more than 1500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

2014: Spy agencies get tough new powers to stop Australians going overseas to fight with terrorist organisations.

2015: At least 22 asylum seekers, including 13 children, drown after two boats sink off the Greek islands of Kalymnos and Rhodes.

2016: The Turnbull government announces all adult asylum seekers who have tried to reach Australia by boat since mid-2013, including those detained on Manus and Nauru Island, will never be settled in the country.

2017: Saudi Arabia announces it will allow women into sports stadiums as of next year, but they will be seated away from males in the so-called family section.

2018: Venice in Italy is flooded following heavy rain, winds and a high tide.

Happy Birthday, Garry McDonald!
Happy Birthday, Garry McDonald!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

Ezra Pound, US poet (1885-1972); Garry McDonald, Australian actor-comedian (1948); Stefan Dennis, Australian actor (1958); Diego Maradona, Argentine footballer (1960); Mike Veletta, former Australian cricketer (1963); Gavin Rossdale, British musician (1965); Ivanka Trump, US business woman (1981).

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"I've got a couple of very interesting projects … but what I don't have anymore is time" - Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish film director (1922-2002).


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