Jul 30, 2017 Medical & Health Care Comments Off on Today in History
The city of Baghdad was founded on July 30, 762.
The Battle of the Crater in the American Civil War took place on this day in 1864. Union forces attempted to break Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches. But the plan backfired, resulting in a defeat for the Union side.
Host nation Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup in Montevideo on this day in 1930.
The cruiser USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine on this day in 1945. The ship was famously returning on a secret mission to deliver materials for the upcoming US atomic bomb attack. Some 880 of the 1,200 men on board survived the ship's sinking. But most of the remaining survivors died of exposure, dehydration or shark attack in the four days it took for them to be spotted and rescued. Only 317 ultimately survived.
On this day in 1974, US President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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