Bridge Worker Persishes
On October 30, 2008, as construction workers were preparing a form for a concrete pour
for the post-Katrina I-10 Twin Span Bridge (which runs from from New Orleans to Slidell), a girder collapsed sending
10 workers plunging into Lake Pontchartrain approximately 30 feet below. One of the workers, Eric Troy Blackmon, who
was tethered to the girder died in the accident.
This FEMA photo by Andrea Booh shows
construction work on the Katrina damaged bridge in September, 2005.
On July 14, 2010, Air Canada announced the resumption of daily nonstop service between Toronto
and New Orleans, utilizing Bombardier CRJ705 regional jet aircraft (which is a version of the Canadair CRJ-900) operated by
Air Canada Express featuring two classes of service. Service on this route began on October 30, 2010. These
Air Canada flights between MSY and Toronto are at present the sole remaining international passenger service operated on
a scheduled basis from the airport.
On October 30, 2006, AFC Enterprises announced that Popeyes planned to introduce a trans fat-free
biscuit as well as french fries containing one gram of trans fat by year-end.
October 30, 1999 -- Harrah's New Orleans casino opened at the former Rivergate
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, opened
to the public on October 30, 1995. Housed in The Martin Luther King School for Science and
Technology, the branch was a new departure for NOPL, since it served both as a school library for MLK students and, after
school hours, as a full service branch for the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood. Interestingly, an arrangement of this sort
was advocated as early as 1913, when City Librarian Henry M. Gill wrote, "If a room in each of the schools in districts
far removed from our present branches would be assigned to the library and opened to the public after school hours, an enormous
good could be done at a minimum of cost both to the schools and the library." Eighty-three years later, Mayor Marc Morial
cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony of the King Branch. (From the New Orleans Public Library)
On October 30, 1994, the train called the City of New Orleans departed Chicago with a Superliner
II Sightseer Lounge and a coach section made up of only Superliner II coaches, officially ending the Heritage Fleet's tenure. With the delivery of the Superliner II cars also came new diners, providing the City of New Orleans with
true dining service.
Musician Thomas Herman Ridgley (known as Tommy Ridgley) was born on October 30, 1925.
He released his debut single "Shrewsbury Blues" in New Orleans in 1949
for Imperial Records. In the 1950s he formed his group the Untouchables, and recorded for labels such as Decca, Atlantic and
Herald. His 1952 release "Tra-La-La" on Decca was later covered and made famous by Pat Boone. In the 1960s
he signed with the local Ric Records, and released some singles which were to become local hits, but none of them broke through
to create a stir nationally. These sides included "Double-Eyed Whammy" and "I've Heard That Story Before",
a remake of the song first recorded for Herald. During the 1970s and 1980s, there were fewer recording opportunities
for Ridgley, however, he continued to record for local labels, and continued to perform. He kept performing at the New Orleans
Jazz & Heritage Festival every year from 1972 until his death. In the 1990s, he released three newly recorded albums.
How Long? came out on the Sound of New Orleans label in 1990, and She Turns Me On followed two years later
on Modern Blues Recordings. He was supported by musicians such as George Porter, Jr. and Raymond Weber on 1995 album Since
The Blues Began from Black Top Records. It also featured guest guitarist Snooks Eaglin and turned out to be one of the
most solid efforts in his career, but this became his last recorded album. He suffered from kidney failure in his last few
years, and died from lung cancer on August 11, 1999. New Orleans singer, Sammy Ridgley is
his younger brother.
On October 30, 1916, Tom Brown's Band and the Original Dixieland Jass [jazz] Band agreed to
swap clarinetists, bringing Larry Shields into the Original Dixieland Jass Band.
The Christian Science Monitor reported about the "BIG AUTO RACE IN
NEW ORLEANS" on October 30, 1909. The Los Angeles Times followed suit with an article titled "Large
Number of Competitors Expected as Manager George Is Daily Issuing Entry Blanks" and "HALF OF NEW ORLEANS NOW DRINKING
President William Howard Taft arrived in New Orleans on October 30, 1909, aboard
the flagship Oleander.
Taft (accompanied by 24 governors, 117 congressmen and senators, including Uncle Joe
Cannon, Speaker of the House, and 3 diplomats) was in town to speak before the “Lakes-to-the-Gulf Waterways Convention”
in favor of river improvements. President Taft and his flotilla were welcomed by “the shriek of sirens, the clanging
of bells, and the cheers of 100,000 citizens” (according to the New York Times). He and his party were whisked away
by carriages to the St. Charles Hotel (his home for the two day visit), where the President reviewed a parade held in his
honor. After lunch with Archbishop James H. Blenk, the President was driven to the College of the Immaculate Conception on
Baronne Street (then the name of Jesuit High School) where he addressed the young men, their teachers, alumni, and guests
who had gathered in the courtyard below. From the balcony draped in stars and stripes, he spoke directly to the students
and said, “My boys, I am glad to be with you. I congratulate you on being where you are.” Then it was off to
the Athenaeum to address the “Waterways Convention”, with later glimpses of the LSU-Sewanee (University of the
South) and Tulane-University of Mississippi football games. An evening dinner was held in the Chief Executive’s honor
at the Pickwick Club, followed by a gala grand opera presentation. A late supper at one of the city’s French restaurants
finished off the evening. Dinner and supper? The next day’s activities (Sunday morning) included a service at the Unitarian
Church, a long automobile tour (Taft was the first president to own a car at the White House) punctuated by a luncheon at
the Jackson Barracks. Professor Alcée Fortiér was in charge of the committee for the “Ride Through Historic
New Orleans” and tendered the address that Halloween day a century ago. President Taft also played some golf with Philip
Werlein. After a sacred concert at Tulane University, the President retired to his train before its departure on Monday
morning. (By NED HÉMARD, "New Orleans Nostalgia -- Taft Visits New Orleans" at http://www.neworleansbar.org/uploads/files/TaftVisitsNewOrleansArticle.11-4.pdf.
The steamboat in the background (of this photo)
is the Oleander
, which carried President Howard Taft down the Mississippi to New Orleans. The President and
his fleet (other boats carried 24 governors and about 200 congressmen and senators) left St. Louis on October 25, 1909 and
were joined along the way by boats from various river states carrying delegates to the great Waterways Convention, sponsored
by the Lakes-to-the-Gulf Deep Waterways Association in New Orleans from October 30 to November 2. Some 50,000 to 100,000
people were expected to attend. The steamboat carrying the Missouri delegation is shown in the foreground. The Christian Science Monitor reported
about another event in town -- the "BIG AUTO RACE IN NEW ORLEANS" on
October 30, 1909. The Los Angeles Times followed suit with an article titled "Large
Number of Competitors Expected as Manager George Is Daily Issuing Entry Blanks" and "HALF OF
NEW ORLEANS NOW DRINKING TAFT COCKTAILS.
Mary Millicent Miller was the first American woman to acquire a
steamboat master's license. She took the tests required for a master's license, and on February 16, 1884 when
making the required oath, the Harper's Ferry newspaper of March 8, 1884 ran a picture
of her. She became the captain of the Saline. Respected steamboat masters publicly proclaimed her great skill in
the New Orleans newspapers, while her accomplishment allowed for other females to become steamboat pilots and masters. The rivers she sailed include the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Quachita River and Red River. She died on October
World War I fighter pilot Alvin Andrew
Callender was born, New Orleans on July 4, 1893. He attended Boys High School and Tulane University. Callender
served in the Louisiana National Guard, the Washington Artillery, on the Mexican borde and joined the Royal Flying Corps
in Canada in 1917 where rhe eceived a commission and became flight instructor. In Enland he received final training
at the Central Flying School. He piloted combat planes for the Royal Air Force from May to October 1918. Promoted to rank
of captain in September 1918, hecommanded 'C' flight in No. 32 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. Killed in action
on October 30, 1918; New Orleans' first municipal airport was dedicated and named Alvin Callender Field in 1926.
The name was retained when the field was taken over by the U. S. Naval Air Force in the 1950s. (From http://lahistory.org/site20.php)
Born in New Orleans on October 30, 1884 Fannie Heaslip Lea,
daughter of James J. Lea and Margaret Heaslip attended public schools, graduated from H. Sophie
Newcomb Memorial College with a B.A. in 1904, and did graduate work in English at Tulane. Until her marriage
in 1911, she wrote feature articles for New Orleans daily newspapers and short stories for magazines such as Harper's,
a short story, Little Anna and the Gentleman Adventurer, in the 1910 The Century Magazine and Woman's Home Companion. After moving to Honolulu with here husband Hamilton Pope
Agee, her first novel Quicksands, was published.S he divorced in 1926 and moved to New York, publishing
19 novels and more than 100 stories, poems, and essays in various newspapers and journals, until her death on January 13
1955. Lea wrote several plays. Her first, Round-About, was produced in 1929 by the New York
Theatre Assembly. Her papers are housed in the University of Oregon Library in Eugene, Oregon.