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On this day: January 30

Published: Jan 29 2013 01:26:37 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 30 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

An assassin's misfires spare President Andrew Jackson, "The Lone Ranger" debuts on radio, Gandhi is assassinated, The Beatles hit the roof for one last gig, and the first computer virus is written, all on this day.

OTD January 30 - King Charles I
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1649: Following the second civil war in a decade, King Charles I of England is beheaded for high treason. The monarchy was then abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared. Charles's son, Charles II, who dated his accession from the death of his father, did not take up the reins of government until the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

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