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This Day in History for July 30

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 gallons of oil.

1916 – German saboteurs blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island, New Jersey.

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

1932 – X Summer Olympic Games open in Los Angeles, USA.

1937 – 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.

1948 – Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)

1954 – Elvis Presley joins the Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71.

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

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.

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

1982 – Atlanta Braves remove Chief Noc-A-Homa to make rooms for more seats.

1984 – Holly Roffey, age 11 days, is the youngest ever to receive a heart transplant.

1990 – Five Bank of Credit & Commerce members found guilty of money laundering.

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

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

2013 – Wikileaks discloser 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.


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