Today in History: July 30

Today in History: July 30

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1619

The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va.

1787

The French parliament refuses to approve a more equitable land tax.

1799

The French garrison at Mantua, Italy, surrenders to the Austrians.

1864

In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va. Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but fail to break through. The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater.

1919

Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots.

1938

George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process.

1940

A bombing lull ends the first phase of the Battle of Britain.

1960

Over 60,000 Buddhists march in protest against the Diem government in South Vietnam.

1965

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law.

1967

General William Westmoreland claims that he is winning the war in Vietnam, but needs more men.

1975

Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan.

1988

 King Hussein dissolves Jordan's Parliament, surrenders Jordan's claims to the West Bank to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

1990

Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent forces George Steinbrenner to resign as principal partner of the New York Yankees.

2003

The last of the uniquely shaped "old style" Volkswagen Beetles rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.

2012

Blackout in India as power grid failure leaves 300 million+ without power.