On This Day in:
1502 – Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
1619 – The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. (House of Burgesses) 1729 – The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland.
1898 – 'Scientific America' carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH.
1932 – Walt Disney's 'Flowers and Trees' premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
Disney movies, music and books 1937 – The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor.
1942 – The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women's Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
1945 – The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
1956 – The phrase 'In God We Trust' was adopted as the U.S.
1965 – U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.
1968 – Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years.
1974 – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.
1987 – Indian troops arrived in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to disarm the Tamil Tigers and enforce a peace pact.
1990 – In Spring Hill, TN, the first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
1991 – In China, construction began on the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower.
1998 – A group of Ohio machine-shop workers (who call themselves the Lucky 13) won the $295.7 million Powerball jackpot. It was the largest-ever American lottery.
2000 – Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were married.
2001 – Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.
2003 – In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolled off an assembly line.
Born on July 30:
Emily Bronte 1818 – Novelist (Wuthering Heights) Henry Ford 1863 – Ford Motor Company founder Vladimir Kosmo Zworykin 1889 – Invented the iconoscope, called the 'Father of Television' Casey Stengel 1890 – Professional baseball player and manager Edd 'Kookie' Byrnes 1933 – Actor “77 Sunset Strip” Buddy Guy 1936 – Blues guitarist Paul Anka 1941 – Singer/Songwriter William Atherton 1947 – Actor “Diehard” “Ghostbusters” Arnold Schwarzenegger 1947 – Actor, California Governor Jean Reno 1948 – Actor “The Specialist” Frank Stallone 1950 – Actor, Singer Anita Hill 1956 – Center of Thomas Supreme Court hearings
“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
— 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 (NIV)