Holidays Calendar for July 30, 2016

Throne Day, also known as Feast of the Throne, is a public holiday in Morocco that commemorates the enthronement of the incumbent monarch. Since 1999, it has been celebrated on July 30.

Martyrs' Day in South Sudan is observed on July 30. It is a public holiday and a remembrance day that commemorates the death anniversary of John Garang de Mabior who is widely considered the most influential person in the history of South Sudan.

Independence Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Vanuatu celebrated on July 30. It commemorates the country's independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980.

National Dance Day in the United States is held on the last Saturday in July. This annual observance was created by Nigel Lythgoe, producer of the television dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance.


July 30 is Day of the Martyrs of the Revolution in Cuba. It honors those who fell victims to the dictatorial regime of Fulgencio Batista. This particular date was chosen to commemorate the Cuban revolutionary Frank País.

National Cheesecake Day is celebrated across the United States on July 30. It is the perfect occasion to have a slice of one of America's favorite desserts which comes in different varieties.

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 30 as International Day of Friendship. This observance focuses on celebrating friendship between individuals, cultures, countries, and peoples as a means of building bridges between communities and inspiring peace efforts.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an official United Nations observance held on July 30. It was established in 2013 by the UN General Assembly. The observance focuses on raising awareness of human trafficking and the importance of stopping it.

This Day in History

  • 2007 Died: Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter, one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time. He is most famous for films The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander.
  • 2007 Died: Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian director and screenwriter, best remembered for trilogy on modernity and its discontents L'Avventura, La Notte and L'Eclisse. He received numerous awards and nominations, including the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, Palme d'Or, Golden Lion, FIPRESCI Prize, Pietro Bianchi Award, the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon, and an Academy Award.
  • 1992 Died: Joe Shuster, Canadian-American illustrator, best known as co-creator of the DC Comics character Superman. Together with Jerry Siegel, they published Superman for the first time in 1938.
  • 1978 Okinawa Prefecture in Japan changed its traffic on the right-hand side of the road to the left-hand side.
  • 1971 An All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japanese Air Force F-86 collided over Morioka, Iwate, Japan. 162 people were killed.
  • 1970 Born: Christopher Nolan: English-American director, producer, and screenwriter, creator of several commercially successful films of the early 21st century (Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight).
  • 1965 Died: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Japanese author, one of the major Japanese writers of modern Japanese literature. His stories are frequently narrated in the context of search for cultural identity in which constructions of the West and Japanese tradition are confronted.
  • 1963 Born: Lisa Kudrow, American actress, screenwriter, and producer, best known for role as Phoebe Buffay on the televisions series Friends. This role brought her an Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
  • 1961 Born: Laurence Fishburne, American actor and producer, best remembered for role as Morpheus in Matrix. He became the first African-American to portray Othello in a motion picture. This role brought him wide recognition.
  • 1956 Born: Delta Burke, American actress, singer, and producer, best known for role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS comedy series Designing Women. After fallout of Designing Women Burke never gained to rise to prominence.
  • 1948 Born: Jean Reno, French actor, best known for roes in Crimson Rivers, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Les visiteurs, The Big Blue, and Léon.
  • 1947 Born: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French virologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of HIV.
  • 1947 Born: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, the 38th Governor of California. He rose to fame as a Hollywood action film icon, starring in Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator and other films.
  • 1945 Born: Patrick Modiano, French author and screenwriter. His works were translated into more than 30 languages. Although his works are very popular in France, only a few were in circulation in Britain, where he was awarded with the Nobel Prize.
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese submarine I-58 during World War II. 883 seamen were killed.
  • 1932 Flowers and Trees, first Walt Disney's cartoon short to use Technicolor. This work became the first cartoon short to win Academy Award.
  • 1930 Died: Joan Gamper, Swiss-Spanish footballer and businessman, known as the founder of several Football Clubs, most notably FC Basel, FC Zürich and FC Barcelona.
  • 1930 The first FIFA World Cup was hosted in Uruguay. The Cup was won by Uruguayan football team.
  • 1912 Died: Emperor Meiji, the 122nd Emperor of Japan, reigning the country from 1867 till his death. During his reign Japan quickly rose from a feudal state to a capitalist and imperial world power, that was caused by Japan's industrial revolution.
  • 1898 Died: Otto von Bismarck, prominent German politician. In 1871 he founded the German Empire and declared himself the Chancellor.
  • 1865 The steamboat Brother Jonathan sank off the coast of Crescent City, California. 225 passengers were killed. During the last voyage the vessel was loaded with crates of gold, that was valued at $50 million in today's dollars.
  • 1863 Born: Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company. He didn't invent the automobile of the assembly line, but he made automobiles, that many middle class Americans could afford.
  • 1863 Representatives of the United States and tribal leaders including Chief Pocatello (of the Shoshone) signed the Treaty of Box Elder. The treaty called for peaceable relations between the two groups and contained a promise by the U.S to pay the Shoshone $5,000 yearly as compensation for the utter destitution inflicted by war.
  • 1818 Born: Emily Brontë, English author and poet, the third eldest of four surviving Brontë siblings. She is best known for her only novel Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.
  • 1811 Died: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican priest and soldier, leader of the Mexican War of Independence. He was executed by a firing squad at Chihuahua.
  • 1718 Died: William Penn, English businessman and philosopher, one of the key figures in the history of British colonies in the present-day USA. He founded the Province of Pennsylvania and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • 1683 Died: Maria Theresa of Spain, the first wife of King Louis XIV. She is famous for her virtue and piety. She is often viewed as an object of pity in historical accounts, since she had to tolerate many illicit love affairs of her husband.
  • 1656 Swedish forces under the command of King Charles X Gustav defeated the forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth at the Battle of Warsaw.
  • 1629 A powerful earthquake in Naples, Italy caused death of about 10,000 people.
  • 1419 First Defenestration of Prague: a crowd of radical Hussites killed seven members of the Prague city council.