On This Day

What Happened on August 30

Important Events

  • 1146 European leaders outlaw the crossbow, intending to end war for all time
  • 1363 Beginning of the Battle of Lake Poyang; two Chinese rebel leaders Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang are pitted against each other in what was one of the largest naval battles in history during Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty

Aug 30 in Film & TV

  • 1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"

Aug 30 in Music

  • 1968 1st record released on Apple label in UK is The Beatles single "Hey Jude"

Aug 30 in Sport

  • 1905 Detroit Tigers future Baseball HOF center fielder Ty Cobb makes his MLB debut, doubling off Jack Chesbro in a 5-3 win over the NY Highlanders at Bennett Park, Detroit

Did You Know?

Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.

On August 30, 1963

Would You Believe?

1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs

On August 30, 1979

Famous Weddings

  • 1846 Author and Christian pioneer Ellen G. White (18) weds preacher James Springer White (25) in Portland, Maine
  • 1940 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Future NYC mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in NYC

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