On July 30…

1619 – In Jamestown, VA, the first European elected legislative assembly in the Western Hemisphere convened in the town church.

1818 – Author Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights) was born in Thornton, England.

1863 – Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was born in Greenfield, MI.

1932 – The Games of the Xth Summer Olympiad opened in Los Angeles, CA.

1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services (WAVES), an auxiliary of the U.S. Navy.

1945 – The U.S.S Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank into shark-infested waters near Guam.  Only 317 of the 1,196 men aboard survived.

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law.

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