Paperback Book Day

On This Day - July 30th

July 30th takes us even closer to the end of July, but if you’re on the upper side of the planet, that doesn’t mean things will be cooling down any time soon! If you’re stuck indoors or are looking to learn some facts about this particular date on the calendar, you’re in luck. Here’s everything we know about July 30th, and then some.

On this day

The French national flag, the 'Tricolor' in blue, white and red.

Vive la France!

Even if you’re not a French national, there’s a good chance you’ll know France’s national anthem, even based on its melody. On July 30th, 1792, up to 500 men are said to have sung “La Marseillaise” for the first time. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle actually wrote it in response to France declaring war against Austria!

Penguin books

Rise of the Penguins!

Penguin Books, that is! The iconic paperback brand first started publishing on this day back in 1935, which is said to have kick-started what many call the Paperback revolution – if you’re something of a library fanatic, you’ve probably seen a few Penguin volumes in your time!

facts about USA

“In God We Trust!”

July 30th officially marks the day that this motto became the official phrase designated to the USA. However, it might surprise you how recently the motto became an official designation – as recently as 1956!

Facts of Vanuatu

Vanuatu broke free.

On July 30th, 1980, the Oceania Republic of Vanuatu finally made clear its independence from colonial rule – having waved off the chains of French and UK oversight. They’ve been an independent nation ever since!

A VW Beetle

Bye bye, Beetles!

No, not the creature, and certainly not the band – but the iconic Volkswagen cars. VW Beetles are still iconic even now – but the original “old style” models ceased production on July 30th, 2003. Herbie fans everywhere shed a tear – but time moves on, as does VW’s aesthetics!

Special Days Falling on July 30th

If you’re really not sure what to do with yourself today, here are a few interesting reasons why July 30th is an occasion worth marking.
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International Day of Friendship

This holiday doesn’t need much explanation – who doesn’t need a friend or two? In particular, as an international celebration, today is a great day to try and make friends with people across the globe. That’s never been easier thanks to social media – and the idea behind today’s holiday is that making friends is the ultimate act of peace.

National Handcuffs Day

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Shockingly, modern slavery continues to be an enormous problem all over the world. Today marks an occasion for us to learn more about human trafficking, and what we can all do to raise awareness and help combat the abuse trafficked people face. It’s thought that almost 50 million people, globally, live in modern slavery.

Paperback Book Day

Paperback Book Day

As mentioned above, Penguin Books’ birthday falls on July 30th – which means it’s a great day to break out your own favorite tomes and to take a read. If there’s a book you’ve yet to finish, make today the day you finally cast aside that bookmark.

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