What Happened on August 30

Significant Events

  • 1146 European leaders outlaw 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
  • 1590 Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590)
  • 1682 William Penn leaves England to sail to the New World
  • 1928 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India
  • 1941 Siege of Leningrad by German troops begins during WWII
More Historical Events

August 30 in Film & TV

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

August 30 in Music

  • 1968 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)

August 30 in Sport

  • 1884 Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves

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
  • 1988 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills
  • 1989 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner

Famous Divorces

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