1910 | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919
1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929
1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939
1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949

1 Jan 1930
  • K√∂ln was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
France
  • Suffren was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Suffren | CPC]
Germany
  • German Shipbuilders Ltd. of Hamburg Factory Vulcan took over Dietrichsdorier Werft AG and renamed the company HDW AG Kiel. ww2dbase [Howaldtswerke Kiel | Kiel | CPC]
8 Jan 1930

Italy
  • Princess Marie-Jos√© of Belgium married Prince Umberto of Piemonte in Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [Rome | AC]
13 Jan 1930

Germany
15 Jan 1930
  • Cruiser K√∂ln was commissioned into service with Fregattenkapit√§n Ludwig von Schr√∂der at the helm. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
18 Jan 1930

Russia
  • Battleship Parizhskava Kommuna and light cruiser Profintern (later renamed Krasny Krim) arrived in Sevastopol, Russia. ww2dbase [Parizhskava Kommuna | Sevastopol | AC]
20 Jan 1930
  • Hamilton was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Hamilton | CPC]
28 Jan 1930

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

United States 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 [Pensacola | CPC]
Germany
  • Rudolf H√∂ss' eldest child Claus was born. ww2dbase [Rudolf H√∂ss | CPC]
8 Feb 1930

Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1930
Battleship Parizhskaia Kommuna at Sevastopol, Russia, 8 Feb 1930
14 Feb 1930

France
  • French cruiser Jeanne d'Arc was named. ww2dbase [Jeanne d'Arc | CPC]
15 Feb 1930

United States
  • James Doolittle resigned from the US Army Air Service. ww2dbase [James Doolittle | CPC]
17 Feb 1930
  • Kliment Voroshilov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. ww2dbase [Kliment Voroshilov | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of Portland was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at the Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Portland | Quincy, Massachusetts | DS]
21 Feb 1930

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

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

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

United States
  • James Doolittle was promoted to the rank of major in the US Army Reserve. ww2dbase [James Doolittle | CPC]
10 Mar 1930

China
  • He Yingqin was named Chiang Kaishek's chief of staff for military affairs. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
15 Mar 1930
21 Mar 1930

Russia
  • The mock-up of the TB-3 heavy bomber design was approved by the Soviet Air Force. ww2dbase [TB-3 | CPC]
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-Sturmbannf√ľhrer. ww2dbase [Josias | 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
  • Hikawa Maru was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
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 [Choibalsan | Mongolia | CPC]
5 May 1930

United Kingdom
  • Amy Johnson, flying a de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth aircraft, took off from Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom for Australia. ww2dbase [Amy Johnson | Croydon, England | CPC]
11 May 1930

Germany
  • Josias was promoted to the rank of SS-Standartenf√ľhrer. ww2dbase [Josias | CPC]
13 May 1930
  • Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru commenced her maiden voyage from Kobe for Seattle. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
Germany
16 May 1930

Finland
  • Alpo Marttinen was promoted to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in the regular Finnish Army. ww2dbase [Alpo Marttinen | CPC]
17 May 1930

United States Photo(s) dated 17 May 1930
Commissioning ceremonies aboard the cruiser Northampton at the Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 17 May 1930. Note the senior officers in their cocked hats.
19 May 1930

United Kingdom
  • Oswald Mosley stepped down as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. ww2dbase [Oswald Mosley | CPC]
24 May 1930

Australia
  • Amy Johnson landed her de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth aircraft in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, becoming the first person to complete this route. ww2dbase [Amy Johnson | Darwin, Northern Territory | CPC]
1 Jun 1930
  • Arturo Riccardi was made Officer of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus. ww2dbase [Arturo Riccardi | CPC]
3 Jun 1930

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

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

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

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

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

China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
12 Jul 1930
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Knight's Cross 1st Class of the Order of the Sword of Sweden. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
16 Jul 1930
  • Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru departed Hong Kong for Seattle, her second round trip across the Pacific. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
26 Jul 1930

United Kingdom
  • Douglas Bader was made a pilot officer of No. 23 Squadron RAF based at Kenley, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | Kenley, England | CPC]
1 Aug 1930
  • Yoshijiro Umezu was promoted to the rank of major general. ww2dbase [Yoshijiro Umezu | CPC]
  • Korechika Anami was promoted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Korechika Anami | 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 [Hermes | CPC]
21 Aug 1930
  • Princess Margaret (later Countess of Snowdon) was born at Glamis Castle, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Sep 1930
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 [Adolf Hitler | 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 [Mukden Incident | Zhang Xueliang | CPC]
19 Sep 1930
  • Douglas MacArthur departed from the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
23 Sep 1930

France United Kingdom
25 Sep 1930
  • Song Ziwen was named the acting chief of the Executive Yuan. ww2dbase [Song Ziwen | CPC]
29 Sep 1930

United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes departed Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom for Sheerness in Kent, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Hermes | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
30 Sep 1930
  • Dorsetshire was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Dorsetshire | CPC]
2 Oct 1930
  • Captain E. J. G. MacKinnon was named the commanding officer of HMS Hermes, replacing Captain J. D. Campbell. ww2dbase [Hermes | 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
15 Oct 1930
  • Cruiser K√∂ln completed trials and training in the Baltic Sea and North sea. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
  • Joseph Jules Br√©vi√© 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 K√∂ln began to perform gunnery drills in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
30 Oct 1930

Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1930
Photo of possibly the first naval review of Aoba, Yokohama 30 Oct 1930
31 Oct 1930

Russia
  • The first prototype of the TB-3 heavy bomber was completed. ww2dbase [TB-3 | CPC]
1 Nov 1930
  • Arthur Greiser joined the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Arthur Greiser | CPC]
Germany United Kingdom
  • Stephen Beattie was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Stephen Beattie | CPC]
2 Nov 1930

Abyssinia
  • King Tafari was made Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia. ww2dbase [Haile Selassie | 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 [Do X | CPC]
4 Nov 1930

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt was re-elected the governor of the state of New York, United States. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | New York | 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
  • Amagiri was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Amagiri | CPC]
12 Nov 1930

United Kingdom
15 Nov 1930

China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the military logistics committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
Korea 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 [Clarence Tinker | Sacramento, California | 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 [Song Ziwen | CPC]
21 Nov 1930
  • Douglas MacArthur became the Chief of Staff of the US Army at the rank of general. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | 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 [Do X | Lisbon | CPC]
1 Dec 1930
  • Koichi Shiozawa stepped down as the chief of staff of the Japanese 1st Fleet. ww2dbase [Koichi Shiozawa | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of the 11th Destroyer Division. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Commander Shinpei Sugiura was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Naka received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Captain Kensuke Madareme was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Settsu received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Captain Noboru Hirata was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Shusei Yuchi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The keel of RMS Queen Mary was laid down by the John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Queen Mary | Clydebank, Scotland | CPC]
United States
2 Dec 1930
  • HMS Valiant was recommissioned into service after refitting. ww2dbase [Valiant | CPC]
4 Dec 1930

China
  • Chiang Kaishek was made the Premier of the Republic of China. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | CPC]
12 Dec 1930
  • USS R-5 was ordered to sail for the east coast of the United States. ww2dbase [R-5 | CPC]
Hawaii 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 [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
Korea
  • General Tomou Kodama was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
Russia
  • TB-3 prototype aircraft took its first flight with Mikhail Gromov in the pilot seat. The aircraft had ski landing gear. This flight was considered a success despite an unexpected vibration almost caused the aircraft to crash. ww2dbase [TB-3 | CPC]
29 Dec 1930

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

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




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