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On This Day in History - January 30, 2014

Franklin D. Roosevelt
On this day in American history in 1991, United States and Iraqi soldiers fought the first major ground battle of the Persian Gulf War in the Saudi Arabian border town of Kaufji; resuliting in a decisive repulsion of the Iraqi forces' advancement by U.S. Marines and a boost to morale for Saudi and Qatari forces. Also on this day in America in 1882, the second most progressive President in United States history, right in front of Woodrow Wilson and behind current President Barack Obama, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. Also on this day in America in 1885, senior advocate and pioneer of naval aviation, the first naval aviator to achieve the flag rank, a veteran of World War I, and a veteran of World War II as Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics and commander of carrier task forces in the Pacific Theater, John Henry Towers was born in Rome, Georgia. Lastly on this day in America in 1912, world famous historian, and author of The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

On this day in Canada in 1856, the first Grand Trunk train arrives in Guelph from Toronto; today the Grand Trunk has been absorbed into Canadian National Railways. Also on this day in Canada in 1914, world famous movie and TV actor, starring in over 200 productions including All the King's Men, Rawhide's Jed Colby, and Cassie & Company, John Ireland was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1920, Joe 'The Phantom' Malone sets the NHL record of 7 goals in one game against Toronto.

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