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1930 Newspaper Headlines

The world in 1930 was a vastly different place. Our range of 1930 newspaper articles include headlines from some of the nation's longest surviving and most trusted newspapers, which have been delivering stories to the nation for hundreds of years. Read about the ups and downs of 1930 as they were understood at the time, through the words of journalists. There is no better way to understand our current world than to first understand the past, so take a trip back through time and learn about important historical moments that have shaped the world today.

1930 was a fascinating year filled with tales of economic struggles, sporting victories and intrepid adventures. This was the year the first football world cup took place where Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2. Princess Margaret was born, celebrated author Arthur Conan Doyle passed away, and the BBC made a notably amusing broadcast saying only “there is no news today”. These 1930 newspaper headlines will capture the interest of any history lover, or person with a special tie to this year, and make great gift ideas for birthdays or other special occasions.

DateEvent
13th January 1930The Mickey Mouse comic strip makes its first appearance, following fifteen commercially successful animated shorts.
18th February 1930Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer, discovers the planet “Pluto” whilst studying photographs of Space. “Pluto” is reclassified as a Dwarf Planet in 2006.
28th March 1930Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
31st March 1930The Motion Pictures Code is established, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of Crime, Religion, Sex and Violence in film, for the next forty years.
18th April 1930The BBC Radio Service from London famously reports that "today, there is no news".
22nd April 1930The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States sign the London Naval Treaty, regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.
6th May 1930The Great Salmas Earthquake hits Iran, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale and killing approximately four thousand people.
24th May 1930Amy Johnson lands her ‘Puss Moth’ monoplane aircraft in Darwin, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Johnson had taken nineteen days to complete the journey.
7th July 1930Arthur Conan Doyle, author of “Sherlock Holmes” (b. 1859) dies from a heart attack.
30th July 1930Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 in the first ever football World Cup final.
21st August 1930Her Royal Highness, the Princess Margaret is born. She is the youngest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and sister to Princess Elizabeth - now the current Queen.
5th October 1930British Airship R101 crashes in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage.
2nd November 1930Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
2nd December 1930The Great Depression: U.S. President Herbert Hoover goes before Congress and asks for a $150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
19th December 1930Mount Merapi erupts in Indonesia, killing 14,000 people. The sudden explosion of gas and rock also destroys thirteen local villages.
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