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Today in history: January 30
In 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born
Roosevelt won the presidency four times.
Roosevelt won the presidency four times. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Jan. 30, 1835: An assassin tried to kill President Andrew Jackson. His attacker, an unemployed British housepainter, had two guns. Both of them misfired. Odds of this happening: one in 125,000. Jackson, known as "Old Hickory" for his toughness, fought with his attempted assassin, beating him with his cane. The president had just left a funeral service in the House chamber of the Capitol.

Jan. 30, 1882: Franklin D. Roosevelt was born. He was the 32nd president, serving from 1933-45. Roosevelt, regarded as one of America's greatest presidents, guided the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. He was elected four times, more than any president; after his death, the constitution was amended, saying a president could serve just two consecutive terms.

Jan. 30, 1968: The North Vietnamese and Vietcong launched the Tet offensive against South Vietnam. The crisis that contributed to President Johnson’s decision not to seek reelection.

Jan. 30, 1974: In his State of the Union address, President Nixon refused to resign over the growing Watergate scandal. He demanded an end to the investigation. He would resign less than seven months later.

Quote of the Day

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” —Franklin Roosevelt

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