ON THIS DAY

Thursday, July 30, 2015. On this day:

1502 - Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.

1619 - The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. (House of Burgesses)

1729 - The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland.

1898 - "Scientific America" carried the first magazine automobile advert for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

1932 - Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.

1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1196 men aboard survived the attack.

1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the US national motto.

1965 - US President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.

1974 - The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.

1987 - Indian troops arrived in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to disarm the Tamil Tigers and enforce a peace pact.

1991 - In China, construction began on the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower.

1998 - A group of Ohio machine-shop workers (the Lucky 13) won the $295.7 million Powerball jackpot. It was the largest-ever American lottery.

2000 - Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt married.

2003 - In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line.

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