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July 30th, 1975, former Teamsters union president
Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban
Detroit -- although presumed dead, his remains
have never been found.
On this date:
In 1729, the city of Baltimore was founded.
In 1792, the
French national anthem "La
Marseillaise", by Claude Joseph Rouget de
Lisle, was first sung in Paris.
In 1844, the New
York Yacht Club was founded.
In 1864, during
the Civil War, Union forces tried to take
Petersburg, Virginia, by exploding a mine under
Confederate defense lines -- the attack failed.
In 1932, the
Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles.
In 1942, President
Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's
auxiliary agency in the Navy known as "Women
Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" --
WAVES for short.
In 1945, during
World War Two, the USS "Indianapolis"
was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; only 316
out of 1,196 men survived the sinking and
In 1965, President
Johnson signed into law the Medicare bill, which
went into effect the following year.
representatives of 35 countries convened in
Finland for a conference on security and human
rights that resulted in the Helsinki accords.
In 1980, the
Israeli Knesset passed a law reaffirming all of
Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
Ten years ago:
British Conservative Party lawmaker Ian Gow was
killed in a bombing claimed by the Irish
Five years ago:
Russia and Chechen rebels signed an agreement
calling for a gradual withdrawal of Russian
troops and the disarmament of rebel fighters.
One year ago:
Republicans pushed their $792 billion-dollar tax
cut through the Senate. Linda Tripp, whose
secretly recorded phone conversations with Monica
Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President
Clinton, was charged in Maryland with illegal
wiretapping (prosecutors later dropped the
charges). The leaders of some 40 nations gathered
in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, pledging to push
economic and democratic reforms for the war-torn
"The worst part of
having success is to try finding someone who is
happy for you."
Bette Midler, American singer-actress.