What Happened on July 30

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Important Events

  • 1178 Frederick I (Barbarossa), Holy Roman Emperor, crowned King of Burgundy
  • 1419 First defenestration of Prague: anti-Catholic Hussites, followers of executed reformer Jan Hus, storm Prague town hall and throw the judge, mayor and several city council members out the windows. They die in the fall or killed by crowd outside.
  • 1619 House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body
  • 1863 Indian Wars: Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signs the Treaty of Box Elder, promising to stop harassing the emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah
  • 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 barrels of oil
  • 1935 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution
  • 1937 Russian Politburo issues NKVD Order no. 00447, to repress former kulak and anti-soviets, 269,100 to be arrested, 76,000 to be shot. Part of the Great Purge.
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July 30 in Film & TV

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

July 30 in Music

July 30 in Sport

  • 1884 Nonpareil Dempsey [John Edward Kelly] fights George Fulljames, possibly the 1st middleweight fight with boxing gloves
  • 1930 1st FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay: Uruguay beats Argentina, 4-2 in the inaugural event

Did You Know?

500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time

On July 30, 1792


Would You Believe?

The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

On July 30, 2003

Famous Weddings

  • 1988 James Ogilvy (under Engl princess Alexandra) marries Julia Rawlinson
  • 1994 Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (49) weds Naomi Baka (35) in Maui, Hawaii
  • 2004 Actor Nicolas Cage (40) weds Alice Kim (20) at a private ranch in Northern California

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Pop star Britney Spears (25) divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (29) due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage
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