This Day in History on 30 July

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 30 July. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days


International Day of Friendship

Important Events

762: Caliph al-Mansur established the city of Baghdad.

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

1898: Cornflakes developed by William Kellogg.

1930: Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup.

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.

1956:  The phrase “In God we trust” legally became the national motto of the United States. 

1962: The Trans Canada Highway, the world’s largest national highway with a length of about 8,030 km, was opened.

1966: England won the World Cup for the first time, defeating West Germany in the eighth FIFA World Cup.

1971: The lunar rover is used for the first time. Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin land on the moon with the first lunar rover used to begin exploring the moon’s surface.

2000: Kannada matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar was kidnapped from his farmhouse at Gajanur in the Talavadi taluk of Erode district, Tamil Nadu, by forest brigand Veerappan.

2001: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Indian water expert Rajendra Singh.

2006: The world’s longest-running music show ‘Top of the Pops’ was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.

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

Sonu Nigam

1822: Wajid Ali Shah, the eleventh and last King of Awadh.

1863: Henry Ford, an American industrialist and business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company.

1886: S. Muthulakshmi, the first female legislator of India.

1947: Arnold Schwarzenegger, an Austrian-American actor, businessman, retired professional bodybuilder and former politician who served as the 38th Governor of California.

1951: Gerry Judah, Indian-English painter and sculptor

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

1973: Sonu Nigam, an Indian singer, and composer.

1973: Sonu Sood, an Indian film actor, producer, and humanitarian.

1982: James Anderson, an English international cricketer.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1771: Thomas Gray, an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar, and professor.

Benjamin Walker

1898: Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of Germany.

1930: Joan Gamper, a Swiss football pioneer, versatile athlete, and club president.

1960: Gangadharrao Deshpande, an Indian Independence activist.

1983: Vasantrao Deshpande, a Hindustani classical vocalist.

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

Further Reading

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