Events - July 30
1898 - "Scientific American" carried the first magazine automobile ad. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH invited readers to “Dispense with a Horse.”
1932 - The Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles, CA. The Games would revisit Los Angeles -- and the same venues of the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, etc. -- in 1984.
1942 - The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services were a part of of the U.S. Navy.
1942 - "Stage Door Canteen" was first heard on CBS radio. The show was broadcast live from New York City and 500 servicemen were entertained each week by celebrities who freely donated their time for the war (WWII) effort.
1956 - Singer Brenda Lee recorded her first hit for Decca Records. "Jambalaya" and "Bigelow 6-200" started a new career for the petite 11-year-old from Lithonia, GA (near Atlanta). Brenda Mae Tarpley (Brenda Lee) had been singing professionally since age six. She recorded 29 hit songs in the 1960s and became a successful country singer in 1971. Brenda Lee had a pair of number one tunes with "I’m Sorry" and "I Want to be Wanted". She recorded a dozen hits that made it to the top 10.
1956 - The phrase “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
1959 - Willie McCovey stepped to the plate for the first time in his major-league baseball career. McCovey of the San Francisco Giants batted 4-for-4 in his debut against Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit two singles and two triples, driving in two runs. It was the start of an all-star career that landed McCovey in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
1965 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law. Medicare went into effect the following year, providing limited health care for the elderly and disabled.
1968 - Ron Hansen of the Washington Senators made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years. The shortstop speared a line drive by Joe Azcue, doubled up the runner at second by stepping on the bag and then tagged out the runner who was moving in from first base. The Senators still lost the game to Cleveland by a score of 10-1.
1984 - Reggie Jackson hit the 494th home run of his career, passing the Yankees’ Lou Gehrig and taking over 13th place on the all-time home run list. Larry Sorenson was the victim who gave up Reggie’s milestone homer.
1985 - Gerry Cooney retired from professional boxing. Cooney had only one loss -- in a championship match with Larry Holmes (boxing’s biggest money-making fight to that time). Cooney had a record of 28 wins (24 by knockout) and three losses.
1987 - NBC’s "L.A. Law" was nominated for 20 Emmy Awards, one shy of the record for nominations. "Hill Street Blues" was the recordholder (in the 1981-1982 season). "L.A. Law" had only been on the air a year when it earned four out of the 20 Emmys.
1998 - A world-record Powerball jackpot of $295.7 million was won by a group of 13 machinists who worked together in Westerville, Ohio. The group chose the cash option, and received a lump-sum payment of $161.5 million dollars.
1999 - Richard Gere (Ike Graham) and Julia Roberts (Maggie Carpenter) star in "Runaway Bride", which opened this day. The romantic comedy scored big with movie crowds, doing $35.06 million during its first weekend.
Birthdays - July 30
1818 - Emily Bronte (author: Wuthering Heights; died Dec 19, 1848)
1857 - Thorstein Veblen (economist, author: The Theory of the Leisure Class; died Aug 3, 1929)
1863 - Henry Ford (auto manufacturer: first assembly line production: the Tin Lizzie; died Apr 7, 1947)
1890 - Casey (Charles Dillon) Stengel (‘The Old Professor’: baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1916], Brooklyn Robins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, NY Giants [World Series: 1922, 1923], Boston Braves; manager: NY Yankees: 7 World Series championships [1949-53, 1956, 1958]; died Sep 29, 1975)
1898 - Henry Moore (English sculptor: Sheep Piece, Large Oval with Points, Stringed Figure No. 1; died Aug 31, 1986)
1925 - Jacques Sernas (actor: 55 Days at Peking, La Dolce Vita, Superfly T.N.T.)
1928 - Joe (Joseph Henry) Nuxhall (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [youngest major-league player: 15 yrs, 314 days], Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1955, 1956], KC Athletics, LA Angels; died Nov 15, 2007)
1929 - Christine McGuire (singer: group: The McGuire Sisters: Sincerely, Something’s Gotta Give, He, Sugartime)
1933 - Edd Byrnes (Breitenberger) (actor: 77 Sunset Strip, Darby’s Rangers; singer [w/Connie Stevens]: Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb; holds record for appearing on the most magazine covers  in one month [October 1960])
1934 - Ben Piazza (actor: The Hanging Tree, The Bad News Bears, The Blues Brothers, Dynasty, Dallas, The Winds of War, Guilty by Suspicion; died Sep 7, 1991)
1936 - Buddy (George) Guy (musician: blues guitar, singer: Stone Crazy, LPs: A Man and His Blues, This is Buddy Guy, Hold That Plane, Hot and Cool, Buddy and the Juniors, In the Beginning; in films: The Blues is Alive and Well in Chicago, Out of the Blacks and into the Blues; on BBC-TV: Supershow, Chicago Blues)
1939 - Peter Bogdanovich (director: What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, Nickelodeon; director/writer: The Last Picture Show, Texasville)
1939 - Eleanor Smeal (feminist: president of NOW)
1941 - Paul Anka (songwriter: Johnny’s Theme [Tonight Show Theme], My Way, She’s a Lady, Diana; singer: 33 hits over 3 decades: Diana, You Are My Destiny, Lonely Boy, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Puppy Love, You’re Having My Baby)
1945 - David Sanborn (Grammy Award-winning musician: saxophone, flute: LP: Voyeur ; Sanborn, David Sanborn Band, Heart to Heart, Hideaway, As We Speak, Backstreet, Straight to the Heart, Love and Happiness; composer: TV movie score: Finnegan Begin Again)
1947 - William Atherton (actor: Bio-Dome, Saints and Sinners, The Pelican Brief, Die Hard series, Ghostbusters, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, The Day of the Locust, Class of ’44, Centennial)
1947 - Marc Bolan (Feld) (singer: group: T. Rex: Bang a Gong; killed in car crash Sep 16, 1977)
1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor: Eraser, The Terminator, Predator, Twins, Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, True Lies, Last Action Hero; married to Maria Shriver; 5-time Mr. Universe; part owner of Planet Hollywood restaurants; governor of California [2003-2011])
1948 - Jean Reno (actor: Le Grand bleu, Les Visiteurs, Léon, Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, Just Visiting)
1949 - Dwight White (football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV; died June 6, 2008)
1950 - Willie Harper (football: San Francisco 49ers linebacker: Super Bowl XVI)
1950 - Frank Stallone (actor: Rocky series, Staying Alive, Ten Little Indians, Hudson Hawk, Tombstone, Doublecross On Costa’s Island; brother of actor Sylvester Stallone)
1952 - Randy Crowder (football: Penn State Univ. All-American, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1954 - Ken Olin (actor: Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Thirtysomething)
1956 - Delta Burke (actress: Delta, Designing Women, Filthy Rich, Chisholm; Miss Florida)
1956 - Anita Hill (law professor: Hill-Thomas hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee concerning Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court)
1957 - Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) (musician: drums: group: The Damned: Neat, Neat, Neat, New Rose, Love Song, Grimly Fiendish, Shadow of Love, LP: Phantasmagoria)
1958 - Kate Bush (singer: Experimental IV, Running Up That Hill, The Man with the Child in His Eyes, Wow, Wuthering Heights)
1961 - Laurence Fishburne (Lawrence Fishburne III) (Larry Fishburne) (Tony Award-winning actor: Two Trains Running; Apocalypse Now, Bad Company, Boyz N the Hood)
1963 - Monique Gabrielle (actress: Night Shift, Bachelor Party, Young Lady Chatterley II, Electric Blue series, Bad Girls IV, Emmanuelle 5, Amazon Women on the Moon, Hard To Die, Scream Queen Hot Tub Party, Angel Eyes)
1963 - Lisa Kudrow (actress: Friends, Mad About You, The Opposite of Sex, Analyze This, Dr. Dolittle 2)
1964 - Vivica A. Fox (actress: Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Independence Day, Booty Call, Hollywood Squares, City of Angels)
1974 - Hilary Swank (actress: Growing Pains, Evening Shade, The Next Karate Kid)
Chart Toppers - July 30
Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) - Tex Williams
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Hard to Get - Giselle Mackenzie
Sweet and Gentle - Alan Dale
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce
Surf City - Jan & Dean
So Much in Love - The Tymes
Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Indian Reservation - Raiders
You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
I’m Just Me - Charley Pride
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Good Times - Chic
Gold - John Stewart
You’re the Only One - Dolly Parton
Alone - Heart
Shakedown - Bob Seger
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
The Weekend - Steve Wariner
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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