October 30 in Pop Culture History
October 30 is National Candy Corn Day
1876 – Great Backeganj Cyclone, India (now Bangladesh)
1945 – Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color barrier.
1938 – Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.
1947 – The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), later becoming the World Trade Organisation (WTO), was founded.
1974 – The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and champion George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali won by knockout, knocking Foreman down just before the end of the eighth round.
1982 – #1 Hit October 30, 1982 – November 5, 1982: Men at Work – Who Can It Be Now
1987 – NEC released the first 16-bit (fourth generation) video game console, the PC Engine, in Japan. It was later sold around the world under the name TurboGrafx-16.
2002 – Warren Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour, performing several songs and spoke about being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
2003 – Wicked (Broadway Musical) Opened on October 30, 2003
2004 – #1 Hit October 30, 2004 – December 10, 2004: Usher and Alicia Keys – My Boo
2010 – #1 Hit October 30, 2010 – November 12, 2010: Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev – Like a G6