July 29, 1883 CE – Benito Mussolini Born

July 29, 1883 CE – Benito Mussolini BornRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Dovia di Predappio is a small town in northeastern Italy located deep in the heart of Emilia-Romagna. On July 29, 1883, a boy by the name of Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini came into the world in the community to a blacksmith father and schoolteacher mother. Over the next five decades before his assassination near the end of World War II, he would put his hometown on the map as he ascended to the head of the Italian government and carried out an aggressive expansion campaign as part of the Axis Powers. The oldest of three children, […]

July 30, 1930 CE – The First Football World Cup Crowns a Champion in Montevideo, Uruguay

July 30, 1930 CE – The First Football World Cup Crowns a Champion in Montevideo, UruguayRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After successfully managing three tournaments at the Summer Olympics, Jules Rimet – the president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – finally saw his dream of a professional tournament bringing the best national teams in the world together to decide a champion come to fruition on July 30, 1930. The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, hosted all 18 matches and gave birth to the world’s most watched sporting event. As early as 1906, FIFA began discussions for the creation of a quadrennial tournament to decide the best […]

July 30 762 – Caliph Al-Mansur founds the city of Baghdad

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July 30 762 – Caliph Al-Mansur founds the city of Baghdad3 (60%) 1 vote According to historic evidences the site of Baghdad was occupied by several tribes. The historic center of Baghdad finds mention even in the Talmud. Though the Arab had conquered Mesopotamia in 637 CE, there was no settlement in the region. In ancient times several mighty empires had their capitals located around modern Baghdad. The city was, however, only founded in 762 CE. On July 30, 762, Caliph Abu Ja’far Al-Mansur, the second ruler of the Abbāsid dynasty decreed that a new capital would be constructed at the site of the Persian village called Baghdad, somewhere midway […]

July 31, 1931 CE – WCBS Begins Television Broadcasting in New York City

July 31, 1931 CE – WCBS Begins Television Broadcasting in New York City5 (100%) 1 vote *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The summer of 1931 was incredibly challenging throughout most of the United States. In the wake of the stock market crash in 1929, many were out of work with an economy slow to recover. The country’s bleak outlook, however, didn’t keep an American company from pioneering the first use of a five-year-old piece of technology: mechanical television. Launching an experimental station on July 31, 1931, W2XAB – the precursor to WCBS – began to broadcast seven days a week for 7 hours per day, setting in motion a revolution in […]