On This Day 30 July

Important Days

International Day of Friendship

Important Events

1863 – American Indian Wars: Representatives of the United States and tribal leaders including Chief Pocatello (of the Shoshone) sign the Treaty of Box Elder.

1945 – World War II: Japanese submarine I-58 sinks the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen. Most die during the following four days, until an aircraft notices the survivors.

2011 – Marriage of Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest granddaughter Zara Phillips to former rugby union footballer Mike Tindall.


2012 – A train fire kills 32 passengers and injures 27 on the Tamil Nadu Express in Andhra Pradesh, India.


2012 – A power grid failure in Delhi leaves more than 300 million people without power in northern India.


2014 – One hundred and fifty people are trapped after a landslide in Maharashtra, India; 20 are killed.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1951 – Gerry Judah, Indian-English painter and sculptor

1962 – Yakub Memon, Indian accountant and terrorist (d. 2015)

1973 – Sonu Nigam, Indian playback singer and actor

Death/ Death Anniversary

2013 – Benjamin Walker, Indian-English author, poet, and playwright (b. 1913)