June 30, 1953
The first Chevrolet Corvette is produced. It was the first plastic-laminated fiberglass sports car. White with red interior and black top was the only color combination offered. Clip in side curtains were an option to the roll-up windows. Three hundred were produced with a base price of $3,498.
June 30, 1948
The invention of the transistor is announced and demonstrated by Drs. William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter H. Brattain of Bell Laboratories. It would replace the vacuum tube and lead the way to integrated circuits and the modern electronic world.
Susan Hayward (Edythe Marrener)
Born June 30, 1917 d. 1975
American Oscar-winning actress. Film: I Want To Live (1958). Her death was attributed to radiation exposure received from an A-bomb test near the filming of the movie The Conqueror in 1953. By 1980, of the 220 members of the cast and crew, 91 of them had developed some form of cancer and 46 had died of the disease.
James A. Dewar
Died June 30, 1985 b. 1897
Canadian baker. Invented the Twinkie (1930). While working for Continental Baking Company (which later became Hostess), he needed a substitute for the filling in their strawberry shortcake, as strawberries were seasonal. So he substituted cream for the strawberry filling and the Twinkie was born. He himself ate three a day and lived to the age of 92.
The original Twinkies had a stated shelf life of only 26 days (the newer ones = 45 days), but as we all know, after the Zombie Apocalypse the only thing remaining will be cockroaches and Twinkies.