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What are the important events that happened on July 30? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 30: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 30 is the 212nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 154 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 17, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,497,280 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecadigon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 182 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,317 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 30 Historical Events

  • 1502
    Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
  • 1729
    Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1916
    Black Tom Island explosion in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • 1974
    Six Royal Canadian Army Cadets are killed and fifty-four are injured in an accidental grenade blast at CFB Valcartier Cadet Camp.
  • 2006
    The world’s longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.

Who were born on July 30?

  • 1889
    Vladimir Zworykin, Russian physicist (d. 1982)
  • 1968
    Sean Moore, Welsh drummer (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 1974
    Sandra Diaz-Twine, American winner of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
  • 1977
    Diana Bolocco, Chilean television presenter
  • 1985
    Daniel Fredheim Holm, Norwegian footballer

Who died on July 30?

  • 579
    Pope Benedict I (birth date unknown)
  • 1683
    Maria Theresa of Spain, Spanish-born Queen consort of France, wife of Louis XIV of France (b. 1638)
  • 1789
    Giovanna Bonanno, Italian poisoner and alleged witch (b. c. 1713)
  • 1930
    Joan Gamper, Swiss-born Spanish football pioneer, businessman and founder of FC Barcelona (b. 1877)
  • 1996
    Claudette Colbert, American actress (b. 1903)

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