July 30 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on July 30.

July 30

Events on July 30

1718 Death of William Penn, Quaker founder of Pennsylvania.

1898 Death of Prince Otto Von Bismarck, first chancellor of the German empire.

1930 in the first ever World Cup final, Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2.

1958 A left-wing coup that overthrows the monarchy in Iraq arouses Western fears of a Middle Eastern domino effect.

1963 British double agent Kim Philby turns up in Moscow, seven months after his disappearance in Beirut.

1980 The New Hebrides, in the south-west Pacific, gain independence from Britain and France and take the name Vanuatu Republic.

2007 Veteran film directors Michelangelo Antonioni, 94, and Ingmar Bergman, 89, die within hours of one another.

Famous Birthdays on July 30

Giorgio Vasari 1511, Italian painter, architect and writer who painted frescoes in the Palazzo Vecchio and built the Uffizi art gallery in Florence but is best known for his work on art history.

Emily Brontë 1818, English novelist, author of Wuthering Heights.

Henry Ford 1863, American car manufacturer.

Henry Moore 1898, English sculptor and graphic artist best known for his mother and child sculptures and reclining figures which show the influence of primitive African and Mexican art.

Northcote Parkinson 1909, British author, historian and journalist best known for the book Parkinson’s Law, in which he stated that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Arnold Schwarzenegger 1947, Austrian-American former bodybuilder, star of the Terminator films and governor of California from 2003- 2011.

Daley Thompson 1958, British athlete, winner of gold medals for the decathlon at two Olympics.

Quotes from Legend

I have come to regard the law courts not as a cathedral but rather as a casino.

- Richard Ingrams, British editor, 1977.

Historical News on July 30

Singing in the rain

1991 Not even the golden tones of Luciano Pavarotti could bring a smile to the heavens over London’s Hyde Park last night and cajole the rain to stop.

Fortunately, the weather did not spoil the mammoth maestro’s free open-air concert to celebrate his 30th anniversary in opera.

More than 1,50,000 people turned up to hear Pavarotti’s personal thank you to London and to cheer him hoarsely.

Among the dripping VIPs was the polythene-clad Princess Diana, to whom the 20-stone singer gallantly dedicated the aria “Donna Non-Vidi Mai” (“I have never seen a lady like that”).

The concert was televised live to an estimated 400 million people in 33 countries.

Speke names Lake Victoria

Speke names Lake Victoria on July 30
Speke names Lake Victoria

1858 British explorer John Manning Speke, 31, named the great lake he found in the heart of Africa today after Queen Victoria.

He has until recently been exploring the region with Richard Burton, but after their joint discovery of Lake Tanganyika, the younger man decided to make the homeward journey by striking out northwards.

Speke’s claim that in Lake Victoria he has found the source of the Nile is unlikely to be accepted by Burton, nor by many others in the scientific community.

Speke developed an interest in exploration while serving with the British Army in India.

His chance to join a pukka expedition came three years ago when he became a member of Burton’s abortive attempt to explore Somaliland.

Speke was badly wounded in the attack by Somali natives that put paid to the expedition.

IRA murder top UK politician

1990 lan Gow, chairman of the Conservative backbench Northern Ireland committee and one of the most outspoken critics of IRA terrorism, was killed by a bomb concealed beneath the chassis of his car.

The 5 lb (2.25 kg) bomb exploded at 8.39 am as Mr. Gow prepared to drive out of the carport adjoining his East Sussex home.

Mr. Gow, 53, resigned from the Thatcher government over the Anglo-Irish agreement in 1985, remaining a Stout defender of other Conservative policies.

He knew his name was on an IRA hit list found last year.

England on top of the world

England on top of the World on July 30
England on top of the World

1966 England won the coveted Jules Rimet trophy, the World Cup of football, at Wembley Stadium this afternoon after an epic tussle with West Germany.

It looked as though England were home and dry with a 2-1 victory, but then West Germany snatched a last-minute equalizer.

Before the start of extra time, manager Alf Ramsey coolly told his exhausted players: “Well you’ve won it once.

Now you’ll just have to do it all over again, and you will.

The Germans are all knackered.”

They did do it again, thanks to two goals by striker Geoff Hurst.

At the final whistle, the stadium erupted in celebration of England’s 4-2 triumph.

1973 The families of victims of the drug Thalidomide have been awarded £20 million ($32 million) in compensation after an 11-year legal battle fought on their behalf by The Sunday Times newspaper.

The case began after it was discovered that the pill was associated with a high incidence of babies born with malformed limbs.

The case has highlighted the need for greater stringency in the testing of new drugs.

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