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What happened on August 30? There are more than 241 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 30

August 30 is the 243rd day of the year 2016. There are 123 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 35th week of the year 2016.

On this day in Aurora, Ohio 44202 sunrise will occur at 11:50 AM and sunset will occur at 01:00 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Virgo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

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Historical Events For August 30

  • 1363
    Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders — Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang — are pitted against each other in what is one of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.
  • 1574
    Guru Ram Das becomes the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.
  • 1590
    Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle. (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590)
  • 1791
    HMS Pandora sinks after having run aground on a reef the previous day.
  • 1799
    The entire Dutch fleet is captured by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell during the Second Coalition of the French Revolutionary Wars.
  • 1800
    Gabriel Prosser postpones a planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia, but is arrested before he can make it happen.
  • 1813
    Battle of Kulm: French forces are defeated by an Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.
  • 1813
    Creek War – Fort Mims massacre: Creek “Red Sticks” kill over 500 settlers (including over 250 armed militia) in Fort Mims, north of Mobile, Alabama.
  • 1835
    Melbourne, Australia is founded.
  • 1836
    The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen
  • 1862
    American Civil War – Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith rout Union forces under General Horatio Wright.
  • 1873
    Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discover the archipelago of Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
  • 1896
    Philippine Revolution: After Spanish victory in the Battle of San Juan del Monte, eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor-General Ramón Blanco y Erenas.
  • 1897
    The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
  • 1909
    Burgess Shale fossils are discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
  • 1914
    World War I: Germans defeat the Russians in the Battle of Tannenberg
  • 1918
    Fanny Kaplan shoots and seriously injures Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. This, along with the assassination of Bolshevik senior official Moisei Uritsky days earlier, prompts the decree for Red Terror.
  • 1922
    Battle of Dumlupinar: the final battle in the Greek-Turkish War (“Turkish War of Independence”).
  • 1940
    The Second Vienna Award re-assigns the territory of Northern Transylvania from Romania to Hungary.
  • 1942
    World War II: the Battle of Alam Halfa begins.
  • 1945
    Hong Kong is liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.
  • 1945
    The Allied Control Council, governing Germany after World War II, comes into being.
  • 1945
    The Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur lands at Atsugi Air Force Base.
  • 1956
    The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opens.
  • 1962
    Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since World War II and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
  • 1963
    The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.
  • 1967
    Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1974
    A Belgrade–Dortmund express train derails at the main train station in Zagreb killing 153 passengers.
  • 1974
    A powerful bomb explodes at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan. 8 are killed, 378 are injured. Eight left-wing activists are arrested on May 19, 1975 by Japanese authorities.
  • 1981
    President Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar of Iran are assassinated in a bombing committed by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.
  • 1984
    STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.
  • 1995
    NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.

Who Were Born On August 30?

  • 1334
    King Peter of Castile (d. 1369)
  • 1377
    Shah Rukh, ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (d. 1447)
  • 1705
    David Hartley, English philosopher (d. 1757)
  • 1720
    Samuel Whitbread, English brewer (d. 1796)
  • 1748
    Jacques-Louis David, French painter (d. 1825)
  • 1768
    Joseph Dennie, American writer (d. 1812)
  • 1797
    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English writer (d. 1851)
  • 1808
    Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (d. 1892)
  • 1812
    Agoston Haraszthy Hungarian-born traveler and writer (d. 1869)
  • 1813
    Princess Mathilde of Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • 1818
    Alexander H. Rice, 30th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1821
    Anita Garibaldi, Brazilian revolutionary and wife of Giuseppe Garibaldi (d. 1849)
  • 1839
    Gulstan Ropert, French Catholic prelate (d. 1903)
  • 1842
    Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1849)
  • 1848
    Andrew Onderdonk, Canadian railway contractor (d. 1905)
  • 1850
    Marcelo H. del Pilar, Filipino writer, journalist and revolutionary (d. 1896)
  • 1852
    Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Dutch physical and organic chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1911)
  • 1856
    Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (d. 1927)
  • 1860
    Isaac Levitan, Russian artist (d. 1900)
  • 1870
    Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia (d. 1891)
  • 1871
    Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-born British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1937)
  • 1884
    Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1890
    Samuel Frederick Henry Thompson, British fighter ace (d. 1918)
  • 1893
    Huey Long, American politician (d. 1935)
  • 1896
    Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (d. 1983)
  • 1898
    Shirley Booth, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1901
    John Gunther, American writer (d. 1970)
  • 1901
    Roy Wilkins, American civil rights leader (d. 1981)
  • 1906
    Joan Blondell, American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1908
    Fred MacMurray, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1910
    Roger Bushell, South African RAF officer and prisoner of war (d. 1944)
  • 1912
    Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1912
    Nancy Wake, British war agent (d. 2011)
  • 1913
    Richard Stone, British economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1915
    Robert Strassburg, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    Denis Healey, British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • 1917
    Vladimir Kirillovich, Grand Duke of Russia, pretender to the Russian throne (d. 1992)
  • 1918
    Billy Johnson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1918
    Ted Williams, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1919
    Kitty Wells, American singer
  • 1919
    Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Lionel Murphy, Australian politician (d. 1986)
  • 1922
    Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano
  • 1923
    Barbara Ansell, British physician, founder of paediatric rheumatology (d. 2001)
  • 1923
    Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist (d. 1969)
  • 1923
    Nate Saint, American Evangelical Christian missionary (d. 1956)
  • 1923
    Vic Seixas, American tennis player
  • 1924
    Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    Lajos Kisfaludy, Hungarian chemical engineer (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator
  • 1926
    Daryl Gates, American police chief (d. 2010)
  • 1927
    Bill Daily, American actor
  • 1928
    Lloyd Casner, American racecar driver and owner (d. 1965)
  • 1930
    Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1981)
  • 1930
    Warren Buffett, American entrepreneur
  • 1931
    John Leonard “Jack” Swigert, Jr., American astronaut (d. 1982)
  • 1933
    Don Getty, Canadian politician
  • 1934
    Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    John Phillips, American singer-songwriter (The Mamas & the Papas) (d. 2001)
  • 1937
    Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of McLaren racing team (d. 1970)
  • 1939
    Elizabeth Ashley, American actress
  • 1939
    John Peel, English radio disc jockey (d. 2004)
  • 1941
    Ben L. Jones, American actor, politician and essayist
  • 1942
    Pervez Sajjad, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1943
    Jean-Claude Killy, French skier
  • 1943
    Robert Crumb, American cartoonist
  • 1943
    Tal Brody, American-born Israeli basketball player
  • 1944
    Molly Ivins, American political humorist (d. 2007)
  • 1944
    Tug McGraw, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Peggy Lipton, American actress
  • 1946
    Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  • 1947
    Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat
  • 1948
    Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • 1948
    Fred Hampton, American Black Panther Party leader (d. 1969)
  • 1948
    Lewis Black, American comedian
  • 1949
    Christopher Collins, American actor and comedian (d. 1994)
  • 1949
    Don Boudria, Canadian politician
  • 1949
    Peter Maffay, German singer-songwriter
  • 1949
    Ted Ammon, American financier (d. 2001)
  • 1950
    Antony Gormley, English sculptor
  • 1951
    Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer (as Dana) and politician
  • 1951
    Timothy Bottoms, American actor
  • 1953
    Horace Panter, British bassist (The Specials, General Public)
  • 1953
    Robert Parish, American basketball player
  • 1953
    Ron George, American politician
  • 1954
    Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • 1954
    David Paymer, American actor
  • 1956
    Frank Conniff, American comedian (TV’s Frank)
  • 1958
    Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1958
    Martin Jackson, British drummer (Swing out Sister)
  • 1959
    Mark “Jacko” Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor
  • 1960
    Gary Gordon, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • 1960
    Guy A. Lepage, Canadian humorist, television host and producer
  • 1962
    Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer (d. 2006)
  • 1963
    Mark Strong, English actor
  • 1963
    Michael Chiklis, American actor
  • 1963
    Oderus Urungus, American vocalist (GWAR)
  • 1963
    Paul Oakenfold, British disc jockey
  • 1964
    Gavin Fisher, British engineer
  • 1966
    Michael Michele, American actress
  • 1967
    Frederique van der Wal, Dutch model
  • 1967
    Justin Vaughan, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1968
    Vladimir Malakhov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1969
    Dimitris Sgouros, Greek pianist
  • 1970
    Carlo Checchinato, Italian rugby player and manager
  • 1970
    Michael Wong, Malaysia-born Chinese singer
  • 1971
    Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist (Rancid and UK Subs)
  • 1972
    Cameron Diaz, American actress
  • 1972
    Pavel Nedvěd, Czech footballer
  • 1973
    Lisa Ling, American journalist
  • 1974
    Aaron Barrett, American vocalist and guitarist (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1974
    Javier Otxoa, Spanish cyclist
  • 1975
    Radhi Jaïdi, Tunisian footballer
  • 1976
    Mike Koplove, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Sarah-Jane Potts, English actress
  • 1977
    Elden Henson, American actor
  • 1977
    Jens Ludwig, German guitarist (Edguy)
  • 1977
    Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
  • 1977
    Marlon Byrd, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Shaun Alexander, American football player
  • 1978
    Cliff Lee, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Sinead Kerr, Irish figure skater
  • 1978
    Swizz Beatz, American record producer and rapper
  • 1979
    Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player
  • 1979
    Leon Lopez, British actor
  • 1979
    Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1979
    Scott Richmond, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979
    Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1980
    Derrick Ward, American football player
  • 1981
    Adam Wainwright, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Germán Legarreta, American actor
  • 1982
    Andy Roddick, American tennis player
  • 1982
    Will Davison, Australian racing driver
  • 1983
    Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1983
    Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1983
    Marco Vianello, Italian footballer
  • 1983
    Simone Pepe, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Anthony Ireland, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1985
    Éva Risztov, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1985
    Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer
  • 1985
    Joe Inoue, American singer
  • 1985
    Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer
  • 1985
    Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer
  • 1985
    Steven Smith, Scottish footballer
  • 1986
    Lelia Masaga, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1986
    Ryan Ross, American guitarist (Panic! at the Disco)
  • 1988
    Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player
  • 1988
    Laura Põldvere, Estonian singer
  • 1988
    Michael Cavanaugh, American professional gamer
  • 1989
    Ronald Huth, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1989
    Simone Guerra, Italian footballer
  • 1991
    Liam Cooper, Scottish footballer
  • 2001
    Emily Bear, American pianist and composer

Who Died On August 30?

  • 526
    Theodoric the Great, King of the Ostrogoths and ruler of Italy (b. 454)
  • 1158
    King Sancho III of Castile (b. 1134)
  • 1329
    Khutughtu Khan, Emperor Mingzong of Yuan, emperor of the Yuan Dynasty and the Mongol Empire (b. 1300)
  • 1428
    Emperor Shōkō of Japan (b. 1401)
  • 1483
    King Louis XI of France (b. 1423)
  • 1580
    Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (b. 1528)
  • 1619
    Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1535)
  • 1751
    Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (b. 1661)
  • 1856
    Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)
  • 1879
    John Bell Hood, American Confederate general (b. 1831)
  • 1886
    Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (b. 1836)
  • 1896
    Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)
  • 1906
    Hans Auer, Swiss architect (b. 1847)
  • 1907
    Richard Mansfield, American actor and manager (b. 1857)
  • 1928
    Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1935
    Henri Barbusse, French novelist and journalist (b. 1873)
  • 1938
    Max Factor, Sr., Polish-born American make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer (b. 1877)
  • 1940
    J.J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1856)
  • 1941
    Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist (b. 1874)
  • 1943
    Father Eustáquio van Lieshout, Dutch Catholic priest (b. 1890)
  • 1945
    Alfréd Schaffer, Hungarian footballer (b. 1893)
  • 1946
    Konstantin Rodzaevsky, Russian fascist (executed) (b. 1907)
  • 1949
    Arthur Fielder, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • 1961
    Charles Coburn, American actor (b. 1877)
  • 1963
    Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • 1968
    William Talman, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1970
    Del Moore, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • 1979
    Jean Seberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 1981
    Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Iranian statesman (b. 1933)
  • 1981
    Vera-Ellen, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 1985
    Taylor Caldwell, English-born American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1989
    Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1991
    Jean Tinguely, Swiss painter and sculptor (b. 1925)
  • 1993
    Richard Jordan, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 1994
    Lindsay Anderson, English film director (b. 1923)
  • 1995
    Fischer Black, American economist (b. 1938)
  • 1995
    Sterling Morrison, American guitarist (The Velvet Underground) (b. 1942)
  • 1996
    Christine Pascal, French actress and director (b. 1953)
  • 1999
    Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910
  • 2000
    David Haskell, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2001
    Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor (b. 1907)
  • 2002
    J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Charles Bronson, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • 2006
    Glenn Ford, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2006
    Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Charles Vanik, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author and expert (b. 1942)
  • 2008
    Walter “Killer” Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2009
    Klaus-Peter Hanisch, German footballer (b. 1952)
  • 2010
    Alain Corneau, French filmmaker (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer (b. 1910)
  • 2010
    J. C. Bailey, American professional wrestler (b. 1983)


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