On This Day In History, 30 July

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World Events Today

  • Construction of the city of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, officially started today in AD 762
  • The USS Indianapolis, a United States Navy heavy cruiser, was sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy today in 1945, it had just completed a top-secret mission to deliver parts of Little Boy, the first nuclear weapon used in combat
  • The American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who had strong ties with organized crime, disappeared today in 1975, he was never seen again and was declared dead in 1982

Entertainment Events Today

  • In extra-time, the hosts England beat West Germany 4-2 today in 1966, to win the 8th FIFA World Cup Final at Wembley
  • An estimated 100,000 fans attended a free concert by Luciano Pavarotti, at Hyde Park in London today in 1991
  • The iconic British television show Top of the Pops, which started in 1964, aired for the last time today in 2006

Family Events Today

  • The American industrialist Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, was born today in 1863 in Michigan
  • The Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who later became the Governor of California, was born today in 1947
  • The American actress Lisa Kudrow, who rose to fame as Phoebe Buffay in the NBC sitcom Friends, was born today in 1963 in Los Angeles

Main Event Today

  • The official motto of the United States, “In God We trust“, was approved and adopted today 1956

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cheesecake Day

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