Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 30 July, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 30 JULY

1921 | The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) was formed; the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after being forced underground.

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

2012 |  The deaths of 32 passengers and 27 injuries were reported after a train fire on the Tamil Nadu Express in Andhra Pradesh, India.

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

1975 | Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, around 2:30 p.m. He was never seen or heard from again.

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BIRTHDAYS

1944 | English actress, Frances de la Tour.

1981 | South African rugby union player, Juan Smith.

1984 | Estonian race car driver, Marko Asmer.

1975 | American basketball player and computer scientist, Kate Starbird.

1964 | Estonian lawyer and politician, 6th Estonian Minister of Culture, Laine Randjärv.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2012 | English footballer and manager, Les Green, 71.

2012 | New Zealand-Australian actor and screenwriter, Jonathan Hardy, 72.

2005 | Sudanese colonel and politician, 6th President of South Sudan, John Garang, 60.

1992 | Filipino-American actress and singer, Brenda Marshall, 77.

SPORTS

1966 | On this day, Geoff Hurst scores a hat-trick when England beat West Germany 4-2, and England win the World Cup at Wembley. 

ENTERTAINMENT

1986 | On this day in the United States, Flight of the Navigator” was released for the first time.

AFRICA FACT

Arabic is the most spoken language in Africa



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