30 July 2003

In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

The “old style” Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Type 1 or the Bug, was an iconic car for several reasons:

Unique Design: The Beetle’s design, created by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s, was revolutionary at the time. It featured a distinctive round shape with smooth curves, a flat windshield, and a rear-mounted air-cooled engine. This design became easily recognizable and stood out among other cars, making it an iconic symbol of the automotive world.

Mass Production: The Beetle was one of the first cars to be mass-produced, and its production continued for several decades. The mass production, combined with its affordable price, made it accessible to the general public and contributed to its widespread popularity.

Cultural Impact: The Beetle became a symbol of the counterculture movement in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly associated with the “hippie” generation. It represented a rebellious spirit, freedom, and a rejection of mainstream values.

Global Reach: The Beetle’s popularity extended beyond its native Germany and Europe. It gained a significant following in the United States and other parts of the world, where it became a symbol of individuality and quirkiness.

Longevity: The Beetle’s production spanned over several decades, from 1938 to 2003, making it one of the longest-running and most produced vehicles in history. Its long production run cemented its place in automotive history.

Pop Culture References: The Beetle has made numerous appearances in various movies, TV shows, and other media over the years, further solidifying its iconic status in popular culture.

Simplicity and Reliability: The Beetle was known for its simplicity in design and mechanical components, which contributed to its reliability. It became popular due to its ease of maintenance and repair.

Iconic Advertising: Volkswagen’s clever and creative advertising campaigns, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, contributed to the Beetle’s iconic status. Memorable slogans like “Think Small” and “Lemon” advertisements left a lasting impact on the public.

Due to these factors, the “old style” Volkswagen Beetle remains one of the most recognizable and beloved cars in automotive history. Its legacy lives on in the hearts of enthusiasts and in the modern versions of the Volkswagen Beetle, such as the New Beetle and the Beetle-inspired concepts.

30 July 1975

Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again.

30 July 1930

Uruguay wins the first FIFA World Cup.

The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match contested by Uruguay and Argentina to determine the champion of the 1930 FIFA World Cup. The final was a rematch of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics, which Uruguay won after a replay.

The final was played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 30 July, a Wednesday. Up to date, it is, along with the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, the only World Cup Final not to be played on a Sunday the latter being played on a Saturday. This World Cup Final is also the only one not to be played on a weekend. The stadium gates were opened at eight o’clock, six hours before kick-off, and at noon the ground was full, officially holding 93,000 people. A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as the teams disagreed on who should provide the match ball, forcing FIFA to intervene and decree that the Argentine team would provide the ball for the first half and the Uruguayans would provide one for the second. The game ended 4–2 to Uruguay after they trailed 2–1 at half-time, adding the title of World Cup winners to their status as Olympic champions. Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented the Uruguayan team with the World Cup Trophy, which was later named after him. The following day was declared a national holiday in Uruguay; in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires a mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate.

The last living player from that final, Francisco Varallo who played as a striker for Argentina, died on 30 August 2010.

After 12 minutes, Pablo Dorado put the hosts into the lead, before Argentine winger Carlos Peucelle equalised 8 minutes later, beating goalkeeper Enrique Ballestrero with a powerful shot. In the 37th minute, tournament top scorer Guillermo Stábile gave Argentina a 2–1 lead going into the break. Uruguay leveled the score 12 minutes into the second half via a goal from Pedro Cea, before Santos Iriarte restored the lead for the hosts in the 68th minute. With a minute left, Héctor Castro put Uruguay up 4–2, sealing the victory for Uruguay in the inaugural World Cup.