Today in History (July 30)

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Today is Saturday, July 30, the 211th day of 2022. Today is in history.

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  • In 1619, America’s first representative assembly met at Jamestown in the colony of Virginia.
  • In 1945, the Portland-class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, having just delivered components for the atomic bomb to Tinian in the Mariana Islands, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; only 317 of nearly 1,200 men survived.
  • In 2010, the Afghan Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.


  • In 2012 at the London Olympics, American teenager Missy Franklin won the women’s 100 meter backstroke before Matt Grevers led a one-two finish for the United States in the men’s race.
  • In 2021, Broadway theater operators announced that vaccinations and COVID-19 masks would be required when theaters reopen in the coming weeks.
  • Also in 2021, Japan extended the coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas besides Tokyo following record spikes in infections as the capital hosted the Olympics.


  • In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure making “In God We Trust” the national motto, replacing “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of many, one).
  • In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an act creating Medicare, which began operating the following year.
  • In 2012, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, during a visit to Israel, outraged Palestinians by telling Jewish donors that their culture was part of the reason Israel was more economically successful than the Palestinians.


Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is 88. Blues musician Buddy Guy is 86 years old. Feminist activist Eleanor Smeal is 83 years old. Former U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder is 82. Singer Paul Anka is 81 years old. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 75 years old. Actor William Atherton is 75 years old. Actor Jean Reno (zhahn rih-NOH’) is 74 years old. Blues singer-musician Otis Taylor is 74 years old. Actor Frank Stallone is 72 years old. Actor Ken Olin is 68 years old. Actor Delta Burke is 66 years old. Law professor Anita Hill is 66. Singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 64 years old. Country singer Neal McCoy is 64. Actor Richard Burgi is 64 years old. Danny Roberts (The Grascals) is 59 years old. Country musician Dwayne O’Brien is 59 years old. Actor Vivica A. Fox is 58 years old. Actor Terry Crews is 54 years old. Actor Simon Baker is 53 years old. Actor Donnie Keshawarz is 53 years old. Director Christopher Nolan is 52 years old. Actor Tom Green is 51 years old. Rock musician Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Bli nd) is 51 years old. Actress Christine Taylor is 51 years old. Actor-comedian Dean Edwards is 49 years old. Actor Hilary Swank is 48 years old. Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor is 45 years old. Actor Jaime Pressly is 45 years old. Seth Avett (AY’-veht) is 42 years old. Actor April Bowlby is 42 years old. Former footballer Hope Solo is 41 years old. Actor Yvonne Strahovski is 40 years old. Actor Martin Starr is 40 years old. Actor Gina Rodriguez is 38 years old. Actor Nico Tortorella is 34 years old. Joey King is 23 years old.

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