Today in History
Today in History:
AP Highlight in History:
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law.
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1619 The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, Va.
1729 The city of Baltimore was founded.
1792 The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris.
1863 American automaker Henry Ford was born in Dearborn Township, Mich.
1930 Host Uruguay won soccer's first World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Argentina in the final in Montevideo.
1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES.
1945 The USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; 880 men lost their lives.
1966 England won the World Cup when Geoff Hurst scored a hat trick in a 4-2 victory over West Germany at London's Wembley Stadium.
1971 Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin landed on the moon.
1975 Former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit. (His remains have never been found.)
2002 Expelled from Congress a week earlier, James A. Traficant Jr. was sentenced to eight years behind bars for corruption.
2008 Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was extradited to The Hague to face genocide charges after nearly 13 years on the run.
Highlights of This Day in History
Actress Hilary Swank turns 41 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Bud Selig Baseball commissioner 81
Buddy Guy Blues guitarist 79
Peter Bogdanovich Director 76
Eleanor Smeal Feminist activist 76
Paul Anka Singer 74
David Sanborn Jazz saxophonist 70
Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California, actor 68
Jean Reno Actor 67
Delta Burke Actress ("Designing Women") 59
Kate Bush Rock singer 57
Richard Linklater Director 55
Laurence Fishburne Actor 54
Chris Mullin Basketball Hall of Famer 52
Vivica A. Fox Actress 51
Simon Baker Actor 46
Christopher Nolan Director ("Batman" movies) 45
Tom Green Actor, comedian 44
Christine Taylor Actress 44
Dean Edwards Actor, comedian 42
Jaime Pressley Actress 38
Actress Lisa Kudrow ("Friends") turns 52 years old today
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