Daily Archives: January 30, 2012

Bloody Sunday: 13 killed in Derry battle 40 years ago today (1972)

(Sunday, January 30, 1972) — Twenty-six unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army today in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, in what became known as Bloody Sunday.

13 males, seven of whom were teenagers, were killed (while the death of another man four-and-a-half months later was attributed to the injuries he received on this day). Two protesters were also injured when they were run down by army vehicles. Five of those wounded were shot in the back.

The incident occurred during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march; the soldiers involved were members of the First Battalion of the Parachute Regiment.

Franklin D. Roosevelt born 130 years ago today (1882)

(Monday, January 30, 1882)Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the U.S. during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war, was born today in the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park, New York.

The only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades.