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This Day in History for July 30

1733 – Society of Freemasons opens 1st American lodge in Boston.

1869 – The Charles, considered the world’s first “oil tanker”, departs from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil.

1872 – Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy.

1909 – Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plan to the army.

1928 – George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison.

1935 – 1st Penquin book is published, starting the paperback revolution.

1942 – FDR signs bill creating women’s Navy auxiliary agency (WAVES)

1945 – After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-58. 880 of the crew died, many after being attacked by sharks, the inspiration for the movie Jaws.

1956 – US motto “In God We Trust” authorized.

1964 – US naval fire on Hon Ngu/Hon Mo, North Vietnam.

1965 – LBJ signs Medicare bill, which goes into effect in 1966.

1966 – US airplanes bombs demilitarized zone in Vietnam.

1971 – US Apollo 15 (Scott & Irwin) lands on Mare Imbrium on the Moon.

1974 – House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd & last charge of “high crimes & misdemeanors” to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up.

1975 – US Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears in suburban Detroit; Hoffa legally declared dead in 1982.

2002 – The accounting law referred to as “The Sarbanes Oxley Act” signed into law by President George W. Bush.

2003 – The last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.

2013 – Wikileaks disclosure Bradley {later Chelsea} Manning convicted of 17 espionage charges.

2017 – Russian President Vladimir Putin announces American diplomats in Russia cut by 755 in response to American sanctions.

2018 – Official Malaysian investigation into the disappearance of Flight 370 is unable to determine what happened.

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