Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014 with 154 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include English novelist Emily Bronte in 1818; auto pioneer Henry Ford in 1863; baseball Hall of Fame member Casey Stengel in 1890; English sculptor Henry Moore in 1898; businessman and philanthropist Henry W. Bloch in 1922 (age 92); baseball Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig in 1934 (age 80); film director Peter Bogdanovich in 1939 (age 75); singer Paul Anka in 1941 (age 73); Arnold Schwarzenegger, former California governor/actor, in 1947 (age 67); and actors Jean Reno in 1948 (age 66); Ken Olin in 1954 (age 60), Delta Burke in 1956 (age 58), Laurence Fishburne in 1961 (age 53), Lisa Kudrow in 1963 (age 51), Vivica A. Fox in 1964 (age 50) and Hilary Swank in 1974 (age 40); writer/director Christopher Nolan in 1970 (age 44); and Olympic champion beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor in 1977 (age 37).
On this date in history:
In 1619, in Jamestown, Va., the first elected legislative assembly in the New World -- the House of Burgesses -- convened in the choir loft of the town's church.
In 1729, Baltimore (Md.) was founded.
In 1930, Uruguay won the World Cup soccer tournament.
In 1932, Walt Disney released his first color cartoon, "Flowers and Trees," made in three-color Technicolor.
In 1971,the lunar module Falcon of the Apollo 15 mission landed on the moon.
In 1974, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 21-17, approved a third article of impeachment against U.S. President Richard Nixon, charging him with ignoring congressional subpoenas. (Nixon resigned -- just over a week later -- before he could be impeached.)
In 1975, former Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa was last seen outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. (He was declared dead in 1982.)
In 1976, Kate Smith made her last public appearance on this date, singing her signature number "God Bless America" on a TV program honoring the U.S. Bicentennial.
In 2006, an Israeli air raid leveled a building housing civilians in the Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 65 people, mostly women and children. Israeli officials said the wrong building was hit.
In 2009, Britain, Australia and Romania pulled their remaining forces from Iraq, leaving the United States and its almost 130,000 troops as the sole remnant of the 2003 multinational invading coalition.
In 2010, more than 1,500 people were reported dead after Pakistan was wracked by record rainfall and massive flooding. Officials said 4 million people had been displaced.
In 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama told a campaign rally in New York: "If the election were held today, I think it would be close but I think we'd win." (Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in November. He won 332 electoral votes (270 required) and 51 percent of the popular vote.)
In 2013, a military judge found Pfc. Bradley Manning, who released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents to the WikiLeaks website, of violating the Espionage Act and other offenses but acquitted him on a charge of aiding the enemy. (Manning was later sentenced to 35 years in prison, with the possibility of parole in eight years, and he officially changed his first name to Chelsea.)
A thought for the day: Ulysses S. Grant said, "I never wanted to get out of a place as much as I did to get out of the presidency."