July 30 in Pop Culture History
762 – Baghdad was founded by caliph Al-Mansur.
1619 – In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time.
1729 – Founding of Baltimore, Maryland.
1733 – The first Masonic Grand Lodge in the future United States was constituted in Massachusetts.
1866 – New Orleans, Louisiana’s Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
1871 – The Staten Island Ferry Westfield’s boiler exploded, killing over 85 people.
1930 – In Montevideo, Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup.
1932 – Premiere of Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award-winning cartoon short.
1956 – A joint resolution of the US Congress was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God we trust as the US national motto.
1962 – The Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, officially opened.
1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
1966 – #1 Hit July 30, 1966 – August 12, 1966: The Troggs – Wild Thing
1975 – Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He was declared dead in July 30, 1982.
1977 – #1 Hit July 30, 1977 – August 19, 1977: Andy Gibb – I Just Want to Be Your Everything
1982 – An Officer and a Gentleman, Tex, Forced Vengeance and Night Shift debuted in theaters.
1986 – Flight of the Navigator was released in theaters.
1988 – #1 Hit July 30, 1988 – August 26, 1988: Steve Winwood – Roll with It
1990 – George Steinbrenner was forced by MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of New York Yankees for hiring Howie Spira to “get dirt” on Dave Winfield.
1993 – Rising Sun, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Tom and Jerry: The Movie and Robin Hood: Men in Tights debuted in theaters.
1999 – Runaway Bride and Deep Blue Sea were released in theaters.
2003 – In Mexico, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.
2004 – The Village, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and The Manchurian Candidate debuted in theaters.
2006 – The world’s longest running music show Top of the Pops was broadcast for the last time. It had run since January 1, 1964.
2010 – Dinner for Schmucks, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Charlie Saint Cloud were released in theaters.
2014 – Sharknado 2: The Second One aired on SyFy