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1 Jan 1930
  • Köln was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jan 1930

Italy
  • Princess Marie-José of Belgium married Prince Umberto of Piemonte in Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
15 Jan 1930
  • Cruiser Köln was commissioned into service with Fregattenkapitän Ludwig von Schröder at the helm. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Jan 1930
  • Hamilton was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Jan 1930

China
  • HMS Hermes arrived in Nanjing, China with the British Minister to China, Sir Miles Lampson, aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Feb 1930

Photo(s) dated 4 Feb 1930
Wedding of Prince Nobuhito and Princess Kikuko, 4 Feb 1930
6 Feb 1930
  • Pensacola was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Rudolf Höss' eldest child Claus was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1930

France
  • French cruiser Jeanne d'Arc was named. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Feb 1930
  • Kliment Voroshilov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Feb 1930

China
  • Chen Shaokuan spoke over the Chinese government radio, lobbying for funding for a 600,000-ton Chinese Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 Feb 1930

Russia
  • Semyon Timoshenko was awarded the Order of the Red Banner for the third time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kliment Voroshilov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner for the fourth time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Feb 1930
  • Glorious was recommissioned as an aircraft carrier. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
2 Mar 1930

China
  • HMS Hermes departed Nanjing, China for Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Josias joined the SS organization of the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Mar 1930

China
  • He Yingqin was named Chiang Kaishek's chief of staff for military affairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Mar 1930
29 Mar 1930
  • The Blackshirt combat legions in Italy were attached to army divisions. ww2dbase [CPC]
6 Apr 1930

Germany
  • Josias was promoted to the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Apr 1930
  • The Prison and Concentration camp system in Russia was reformed under the "Law on the Corrective Labour Camps". The OGPU camps were now grouped under the Main Administration of Corrective Labour Camps and Labour Settlements (GUITLTP) headed by OGPU official, Lazar Kogan, which was informally shortened to Gulag or Main Administration Camps, by which it has been known ever since. ww2dbase [AC]
8 Apr 1930

Photo(s) dated 8 Apr 1930
Chicago being prepared for launching, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 8 Apr 1930
24 Apr 1930

Taiwan
  • Major General Takeshi Kosugi was named the chief of staff of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
25 Apr 1930 Japan
27 Apr 1930

China
  • Choibalsan stepped down as the 4th Chairman of the Presidium of the State Little Hural of the separatist Mongolian state in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 May 1930

Germany
  • Josias was promoted to the rank of SS-Standartenführer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
13 May 1930
19 May 1930

United Kingdom
  • Oswald Mosley stepped down as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jun 1930

Taiwan
  • General Jotaro Watanabe was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 Jun 1930

Romania
  • Prince Carol reneged his renunciation for the throne and returned to Romania. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jun 1930

Romania
  • Prime Minister Iuliu Maniu of Romania engineered a coup d'état, ousting King Mihai I. Prince Carol, Mihai's father, declared himself King Carol II and made Iuliu Maniu his head of government. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jun 1930

Italy
  • The keel of cruiser Bolzano was laid down by Ansaldo Sestri Ponente at Genoa, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura was named the commanding officer of Kure Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Jun 1930
  • Houston was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Jun 1930
  • Nobutake Kondo was attached to the Navy General Staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Jun 1930

United States
  • USS Chester was commissioned into service with Captain A. P. Fairfield in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
1 Jul 1930
  • Nautilus was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Jul 1930

China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Jul 1930
26 Jul 1930

United Kingdom
  • Douglas Bader was made a pilot officer of No. 23 Squadron RAF based at Kenley, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Aug 1930
  • Yoshijiro Umezu was promoted to the rank of major general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Korechika Anami was promoted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1930
Prince Nobuhito with his wife during an unofficial visit to Berlin, Germany, 1 Aug 1930; photo taken at the Hotel Adlon
7 Aug 1930

Hong Kong
  • HMS Hermes departed Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Aug 1930
  • Princess Margaret (later Countess of Snowdon) was born at Glamis Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Sep 1930
  • The keel of cruiser Astoria was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Sep 1930
  • Prince Baudouin (later King Baudouin I) of Belgium was born at Stuyvenberg on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. ww2dbase [AC]
14 Sep 1930

Germany
  • Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party received 6,371,000 votes in a national election, representing about 18% of the total votes, and gained 107 seats in the Reichstag. The party was now the second largest in the country. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
18 Sep 1930

China
  • Zhang Xueliang pledged military support for the Nationalists during the Central Plains War. As he committed over 40% of his forces, it would weaken the overall defense of northeastern China, thus giving the Japanese an opportunity to seize control. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
19 Sep 1930
  • Douglas MacArthur departed from the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Sep 1930

France
  • The first production example of GL-810 HY floatplanes took flight at Les Mureaux, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Sep 1930
  • Song Ziwen was named the acting chief of the Executive Yuan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Sep 1930

United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes departed Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom for Sheerness in Kent, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Sep 1930
  • Dorsetshire was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Oct 1930
  • Captain E. J. G. MacKinnon was named the commanding officer of HMS Hermes, replacing Captain J. D. Campbell. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Oct 1930
  • The British airship R101 crashed in France, killing 38 people. The crash of R101 effectively ended British use of rigid airships. ww2dbase [AC]
9 Oct 1930

France
  • Dupleix was launched at Brest, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Oct 1930
  • Cruiser Köln completed trials and training in the Baltic Sea and North sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Jules Brévié was named the Governor-General of French West Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
22 Oct 1930

Photo(s) dated 22 Oct 1930
Battleship Yamashiro and carrier Kaga in Kobe Bay, Japan, 22-23 Oct 1930; they were gathering for a fleet review
28 Oct 1930
  • Cruiser Köln began to perform gunnery drills in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Oct 1930

Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1930
Photo of possibly the first naval review of Aoba, Yokohama 30 Oct 1930
1 Nov 1930
  • Arthur Greiser joined the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Maximilian von Weichs was promoted to the rank of Oberst. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Stephen Beattie was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Nov 1930

Abyssinia
  • King Tafari was made Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Nov 1930
  • The Do X aircraft departed Friedrichshafen, Germany under the command of Friedrich Christiansen for the ultimate destination of New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Nov 1930

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected the governor of the state of New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Nov 1930
  • The origins of naval radar in the US could be traced to a report from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) that two civilian scientists, L. C. Young and L. A. Hyland, had detected an aircraft in flight, this occurred while they were experimenting with the directional S of radio beams, which spotted an aircraft passing overhead. The NRL was later to inaugurate a project for the "detection of enemy vessels and aircraft by radio". ww2dbase [AC]
10 Nov 1930
12 Nov 1930

United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes departed Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Nov 1930

China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the military logistics committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Rear Admiral Kentaro Kojima was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Clarence Tinker was named the commanding officer of the newly formed 20th Pursuit Group based at Mather Airfield, Sacramento, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Nov 1930

Photo(s) dated 17 Nov 1930
USS Saratoga at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States, 17 Nov 1930
18 Nov 1930
  • Song Ziwen stepped down as the acting chief of the Executive Yuan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Nov 1930
  • Douglas MacArthur became the Chief of Staff of the US Army at the rank of general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 Nov 1930

Korea
  • Lieutenant General Senjuro Hayashi was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Jiro Minami. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Nov 1930

Portugal
  • The Do X aircraft's flight from Germany to the United States was canceled in Lisbon, Portugal due to an accidental fire that damaged the port wing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Dec 1930
  • Koichi Shiozawa stepped down as the chief of staff of the Japanese 1st Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of the 11th Destroyer Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Korea
  • Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Shusei Yuchi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The keel of RMS Queen Mary was laid down by the John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Dec 1930
  • HMS Valiant was recommissioned into service after refitting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Dec 1930

China
  • Chiang Kaishek was made the Premier of the Republic of China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Dec 1930
  • USS R-5 was ordered to sail for the east coast of the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Dec 1930
20 R-class submarines of US Navy Submarine Divisions 9 and 14 at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 12 Dec 1930. Note the repair piers and floating crane YD-25 in the distance.
22 Dec 1930
  • The Tupolev TB-3 four-engine heavy bomber made its maiden flight. Continually modified, over 500 of these big bombers were still in service at the time of the 1941 German invasion, and some carried out night-bombing attacks against the invaders. A paratroop conversion could carry up to 35 paratroopers accommodated in the fuselage and wings. ww2dbase [AC]
China
  • Kenkichi Ueda was made the commanding officer of the Japanese 9th Division in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • General Tomou Kodama was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Dec 1930

United States
  • Captain William Rea Furlong was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead, replacing Captain Ralph A. Koch. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Dec 1930
  • Mineichi Koga was named the commanding officer of cruiser Aoba. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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