On This Day January 30
1961 – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” by The Shirelles, begins two weeks on top of the pop chart. Co-written by legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, the recording is the first by an African-American girl group to reach No. 1.
1973 – KISS makes its first-ever concert appearance, performing at the Popcorn Pub in Queens, New York (later known as Coventry). About 10 guests attend and, according to bassist Gene Simmons, the band earned $50 for playing two sets.
1948 – Mohandas Gandhi (also known as Mahatma Gandhi), the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement and a global advocate for non-violent civil disobedience, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.
1930 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor Gene Hackman (“The French Connection,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Superman,” “Reds,” “Unforgiven,” “The Firm,” “Crimson Tide,” “Get Shorty,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”)
1951 – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Phil Collins, formerly of the rock band Genesis (“In the Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” “One More Night,” “Sussudio,” “Two Hearts,” “Another Day in Paradise”)
Own a Piece of This Day
The French Connection
Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey and Roy Scheider, and directed by William Friedkin