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1966 - England World Cup
1966 : England win the World Cup in extra time at Wembley Stadium 4 to 2 . At the end of full time the score is 2 to 2 and England's Geoff Hurst scored first to give England a 3 to 2 lead and in the dying seconds of extra time he scores his third goal, making the final score 4 to 2 and giving England the world cup, this was also the first time a world cup is televised live. Learn more in our History of Soccer section.

1920 - U.S.A. California Census
1920 : The latest census on five California counties has been announced today in Washington:
El Dorado 6,246 Latest Census Info 2006 (178,066)
Glen County 11,850 Latest Census Info 2006 (28,061)
San Benito 8,895 Latest Census Info 2006 (55,842)
Siskiyo County 15,545 Latest Census Info 2006 (45,901)
Yolo County 17,105 Latest Census Info 2006 (188,085)

1931 - New Long Distance Flying Record
1931 : Russel Boardman and John Polando land their Monoplane in Istanbul, Turkey today in 49 hrs and 20 minutes since leaving New York setting a new long distance non stop world record.

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1935 - First Penguin Paperback
1935 : The first Penguin paperback book costing 6d is published in England and started the paperback revolution, many believed it would not be profitable but following the purchase of 63,000 books by Woolworth within 12 months one million Penguin books are sold.

1943 - Germany Adolf Hitler
1943 : Adolf Hitler is informed that Italy is planning to negotiate surrender terms with the Allies in light of Mussolini's fall from power.

1953 - U.S.A. Communist Leaders Arrested
1953 : The FBI has seized 6 communist leaders from the city of Philadelphia on charges of teaching and advocating the overthrow of the government, this brings the total of those arrested for similar offences around the nation to 87.

1954 - U.S.A. Elvis Presley
1954 : Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," made his first professional performance at the Overton Park Shell Concert in Memphis singing That's Alright Mama and Blue Moon of Kentucky as the opening act for Slim Whitman and Billy Walker.

1956 - U.S.A. "In God We Trust" Added
1956 : President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also required that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency.

1965 - U.S.A. Social Security Act
1965 : The Social Security Act of 1965 was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson which established the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs, financed by higher Social Security payroll taxes.

1971 - Japan Mid Air Collision
1971 : A mid-air collision between a Boeing 727 and a fighter jet flying without radar in Japan kills 162 people.

1971 - Lunar Rover Used For First Time
1971 : Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin land on the moon with the first lunar rover used to begin exploring the moon's surface.

1973 - UK Thalidomide
1973 : Eleven years after the start of parents fight for compensation for children born with birth defects caused through the use of the thalidomide drug (1958 - 1961) to ease morning sickness during pregnancy, The Distillers drugs company who marketed thalidomide have agreed to pay more than £20 million in compensation.

1974 - Cyprus Peace Deal
1974 : Following the invasion of Turkish troops on July 21st, Greece and Turkey and the British Foreign Secretary have signed a peace agreement to end the crisis in Cyprus.

1974 - Nixon Releases Watergate Tapes
1974 : On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, President Nixon finally releases the Watergate tapes to the House Judiciary Committee, within ten days of the tapes being handed over President Nixon Resigned on August 9th.

1975 - U.S.A. Jimmy Hoffa
1975 : Jimmy Hoffa the ex president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is last seen in Last seen in Bloomfield Township ( suburb of Detroit ) , MI. Although presumed dead, his remains have never been found. To this day, Hoffa's fate remains a mystery but was declared legally dead in 1982.

2002 - Gold Double Eagle Sells At Auction
2002 : The World's Most Expensive Coin the 1933 Double Gold Eagle Sells At Auction for $6.6 million ($7.6m With Fees) to an unnamed buyer. The coin was made by the US mint in 1933 but due to restrictions put in place to stop Americans hoarding much needed gold during the Depression Years the coins were never issued to the public, and it is believed only three officially exist today two in the Smithsonian and this one. There are thought to be a few more in private collections that were not issued but stolen by a cashier from the US mint, but because the Secret Service had confiscated 8 1933 Gold Double Eagles by 1952, no more have come forward except this latest coin that has just been sold.

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2003 - Last Original Beetle Built
2003 : The last of original Volkswagen Beetle's rolled off the production line at VW’s Puebla, Mexico.

2006 - Congo Elections
2006 : This day marked the first multi-party elections to take place in the Democratic Republic of Congo in forty years. The elections went relatively smoothly and there were few incidents. There were 32 presidential candidates, many of which were former leaders of armed factions. The elections were held and monitored by the United Nations in an attempt to end an on-going civil war in the country.

2006 - Top of The Pops Finishes
2006 : The longest running popular music program Top of The Pops ends after over 40 years having featured the biggest names in music. The BBC who produce the show do not believe the TOTP can compete with the growth of 24-hour music channels available on TV and the changing world of instant downloads of the latest music.

2008 - Tonga King George V
2008 : The coronation of King George V of Tonga began on this day. King George V had promised to help the country move towards a more democratic system.

2009 - United States Honda Recalls
2009 : A total of 440,000 cars made by Honda are recalled in the United States. The majority of the models recalled are from the 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic series. The car maker said that these models may have a defective airbag and offered to replace it free of charge for customers.

2011 - Royal Wedding of Queen's Granddaughter
2011 : The Queen's granddaughter, Zara Philips, married rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh. Many royals attended the wedding including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Catherine, and Prince Harry. The wedding was the first royal wedding in Scotland in nearly twenty years.

2012 - Romanian President Survives Impeachment
2012 : Romanian president Traian Basescu has survived a referendum impeachment vote after voter turnout failed to reach the fifty percent that would have been needed to validate the vote. The president had been suspended by parliament and had been accused of exceeding his authority and meddling in government affairs.

2013 - Explosions at Gas Plant
2013 : An explosion at a the Blue Rhino propane plant in Tavares, Florida injures at least eight people. Blasts blew the roof off of the building and explosions continued for over an hour, causing a large fire. The cause of the explosions was unknown and emergency crews were quick to contain the threat.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born: July 30th, 1947, Thal, Austria
Known For : The former Governor of California was the youngest man ever to become Mr. Universe (which he did five times). His work as a bodybuilder led to a documentary on him, which in turn took him into film production. The first movie he did was 1976's Stay Hungry. He went on to make Conan the Barbarian in 1982, and his most famous role: the Terminator in 1984. He stayed in movies until 2003 when he announced his decision to run as a Republican candidate for Governor of California. His recall win was followed by re-election in 2006. He was Governor until 2011. He is married to Maria Schriver but they separated in 2011 and he has five children.