What Happened on July 30


Historical Events

1870 – The Republic of Klipdrift is proclaimed by Transvaal President Andries Pretorius after the discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1866 resulted in a flood of treasure hunters; ownership of the diamond fields was contested by the Boer republics
1908 – Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris
1985 – Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America’s Junior Miss
1988 – Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m
2012 – General Motors (Chevrolet) sign a record breaking 7 year $559 million sponsorship deal with EPL club Manchester United
2022 – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls for mandatory evacuation of civilians from eastern Donetsk region amid fierce fighting

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Famous Birthdays

1747 – Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1832)
1868 – Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, born in Erfurt, Prussian Saxony (d. 1958)
1936 – Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, born in Cannes, French Third Republic
1963 – Chris Mullin, American NBA forward (Warriors, Pacers, Olympic gold 1992), born in Brooklyn, New York
1974 – Radostin Kishishev, Bulgarian footballer, born in Burgas, Bulgaria
1975 – Tifini Hale, American pop singer (Party – “Rodeo”; “That’s Why”), born in Palm Springs, California (d. 2021)

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Famous Deaths

1771 – Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard), dies at 54
1957 – Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
1978 – Umberto Nobile, Italian aviator and polar explorer (designed and flew 1st airship across the polar air cap), dies at 93
1978 – Aasan Ferit Alnar, Turkish classical composer, dies at 72
2004 – Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
2004 – Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)

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