On This Day

What Happened on August 30, 2013

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • "12 Years a Slave" based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2014)
  • 15 people are killed by a liquid ammonia leak at a cold storage plant in Shanghai, China

Famous Deaths

Person of interestSeamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright (Nobel Prize in Literature 1995), dies at 74