Way back when: Today in history
BY GENE CURTIS
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1/30/13 at 2:41 AM
1943 - RAF raids hit Germany
The first daylight raid by the British Royal Air Force interrupted German dictator Adolf Hitler's party marking the 10th anniversary of his accession to power and the radio broadcasts of Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering and Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. The first raid was precisely at 11 a.m. as Goering prepared to speak on the Berlin radio, which remained on the air and advised listeners from time to time "there will be a few more minutes' delay in Marshal Goering's speech." Another raid was at 4 p.m. as Goebbels was preparing to speak on the radio about Hitler's rise to power in 1933.
1972 - 13 killed on Bloody Sunday
Thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British paratroopers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on what became known as "Bloody Sunday." The gunfire erupted as about 3,000 marchers gathered to hear an address by Bernadette Devlin, 24, a civil rights leader and member of the British parliament. The government had banned the rally. Devlin said an official inquiry would result in a whitewash and labeled the shootings "mass murder by the British army." The rally had been called by a Catholic-based civil rights association to protest internment of about 600 suspected guerrillas of the Irish Republican Army.
1989 - Kabul embassy closed
The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, closed as did other embassies as a convoy of Soviet soldiers headed out of the country for fear that the Afghan army might not be capable of protecting foreign diplomats. West Germany, Britain, Japan, France and Austria had withdrawn or were withdrawing their embassy staffs. Italy and some of Moscow's East bloc allies were considering similar action. "This is not just a concern of the Western nations," one Muslim diplomat told The Associated Press. "We could count on the Soviets for security. Now we have to figure out what we will do when they've gone."
2000 - Ivory Coast crash kills 169
Only 10 of the 179 on board a Kenya Airways Airbus A-310 survived a crash into the Atlantic Ocean off Ivory Coast minutes after it took off from Abidjan. The flight that was headed to Lagos, Nigeria, had been forced to land at Abidjan because of strong Saharan winds but took off three hours later to resume the trip. The survivors were found the next day floating on wreckage from the plane. Some nearby residents jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue survivors but were turned back by harsh surf.