This Day at Law

Otto von Bismark dies

On July 30, 1898, Otto von Bismark died at age 83 in Germany. Bismark served as Prime Minister of Prussia until German unification in 1873. He then served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire. Bismark is perhaps best remembered for engineering the unification of Germany, but he was also responsible for the creation of the German social welfare system.

President Johnson signed Medicare bill

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare bill, which went into effect the following year. Learn more about the history of Medicare.

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