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Today is Monday, July 30, the 212th day of 2012 with 154 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Saturn and Mars.


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 90); baseball Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig in 1934 (age 78); film director Peter Bogdanovich in 1939 (age 73); singer Paul Anka in 1941 (age 71); former California governor/actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1947 (age 65); and actors Jean Reno in 1948 (age 64); Ken Olin in 1954 (age 58), Delta Burke in 1956 (age 56), Laurence Fishburne in 1961 (age 51), Lisa Kudrow in 1963 (age 49) and Hilary Swank in 1974 (age 38); and writer/director Christopher Nolan in 1970 (age 42).


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 1936, author Margaret Mitchell sold the film rights for "Gone With the Wind" to MGM for $50,000, most ever for a first novel.

In 1971, Lunar Module Falcon, part of the Apollo 15 mission, lands 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 before the issue went to trial.

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 1991, a special U.N. commission to Iraq announced it had found 46,000 chemical shells and warheads and 3,000 tons of raw materials for weapons.

In 1997, suicide bombers detonated two bombs in an outdoor market in West Jerusalem, killing 13 people.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II was present for the canonization of Pedro de San Jose Betanur of Guatemala, Central America's first saint, and Juan Diego of Mexico City, first American Indian saint.

In 2004, the U.N. Security Council adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution demanding Sudan disarm within 30 days and prosecute those responsible for thousands of deaths in Darfur.

In 2005, British police said they arrested six men and one woman in the failed July 21 London subway bombings. That brought to 13 the number of suspects in custody in the apparent, unsuccessful attempt to match the July 7 attack that killed 56.

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 2008, embroiled in a corruption investigation into alleged events before he became Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert announced he was resigning his post as soon as his party chose a new leader.


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 had been displaced.

In 2011, the head of the U.S. program for Iraq reconstruction reported June was the deadliest month for the American military in two years with 14 soldiers killed.

Also in 2011, the man who admitted to killing more than 70 people in a rampage in Norway told officials he had plans to attack the royal palace.

A thought for the day: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant said, "Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor."

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