A Few October 30th History Events

Let’s take a little trip back in history to see a few events that took place on this date.


  • 1817 – Simon Bolivar established the independent government of Venezuela.
      I learned this fact in the 5th grade. Is this type of history taught anymore?

  • 1831 – Escaped slave Nat Turner apprehended in Southampton County, VA, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history.
      I first heard of Nat Turner near the end of high school in the late 60s.

  • 1938 – Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.
      Can you imagine how people got a few things together and started running and hiding! Where could they go for safety!

  • 1954 – The last All-Negro unit abolished in the desegregation of the Army in 1954.
      My father served during World War II when the armed forces were completely segregated. He talked often about his returns to his unit in the south from Philly and having to go to the ragged, dusty “colored” coaches when the train pulled in to Washington, D. C.. Just think, our country’s capital was the boundary for where you could travel into legal segregation!

  • 1972 – U.S. President Richard Nixon approved legislation to increase Social Security spending by $5.3 billion.
      Yes, Republican Presidents have contributed their share in increasing entitlement spending.

  • 1975 – The New York Daily News ran the headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” The headline came a day after U.S. President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
      I did not like Gerald R. Ford, but I liked his wife, Betty. When I saw his record of voting against government programs for blacks and the poor, I was reacting from a liberal perspective. Due to my growing conservatism, I no longer dislike Gerald R. Ford.

  • 1976 – Joseph H. Evans became the first black leader of the United Church of Christ.
      In true Christianity, people will come under Christ centered leadership regardless of human leaders’ race or ethnicity.

  • 1979 – Richard Arrington elected as the first black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
      Remember 20 years earlier, Birmingham, Alabama was legally racially segregated and KKK dominated.

  • 1991 – While still black owned (Robert Johnson) Black Entertainment becomes the first black-controlled company on the New York Stock Exchange selling 4.2 million shares.
      BET was easier to watch back then. I watched the news discussion programs, which were liberal,left bent. Now remember, I was on the liberal side in 1991. BET programing really declined in quality. The channel has grown up the raunchy meter. The news programing regardless of ideology should still be a part of the channel. Currently, I occasionally catch an award show or a movie on the channel.