Other things turning 30 this year:
The Sundance Film Festival (January).
Public-radio benefactor The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (January 6).
Roman Polanski's self-imposed exile in France to escape child-molestation charges (February 1).
Ben & Jerry's (May 5).
The Unabomber (Theodore Kaczynski was actually born in 1942, but he didn't actually become "the Unabomber" until his first bomb attack, which occurred at Northwestern University on May 25, 1978).
The Dead Kennedys (sometime in June).
The independent Solomon Islands (July 7).
Right-wing evangelical diploma mill Regent University (fall).
The Holden Commodore, upon which the current Pontiac G8 is based (October).
The USS Arkansas (October 21).
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet (November 18).
The Susan B. Anthony dollar (December 13).