YEAR DAY EVENT
30BC Aug 30 Cleopatra, the 7th and most famous queen of ancient Egypt, committed suicide about this time.
526 Aug 30 Theodorik the Great (72), King of Ostrogoths, died of dysentery. He was succeeded by his grandson Athalaric (10), who reigned until 534 with his mother Amalasuntha as regent.
1146 Aug 30 European leaders outlawed the crossbow with the intention to end war for all time.
1481 Aug 30 Two Latvian monarchs were executed for conspiracy to murder Polish king Kazimierz IV.
1617 Aug 30 Rosa de Lima of Peru became the first American saint to be canonized.
1645 Aug 30 Dutch & Indians signed peace treaty in New Amsterdam (NY).
1682 Aug 30 William Penn left England to sail to New World. He took along an insurance policy.
1721 Aug 30 The Peace of Nystad ended the Second Northern War between Sweden and Russia, giving Russia considerably more power in the Baltic region.
1751 Aug 30 Georg Friedrich Handel completed his last oratorio “Jephtha.”
1781 Aug 30 The French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse arrived in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution. The fleet defeated British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes.
1813 Aug 30 Creek Indians massacred over 500 whites at Fort Mims Alabama.
1831 Aug 30 Charles Darwin refused to travel with the HMS Beagle. On Dec 27 he was onboard.
1841 Aug 30 Robert Peel (1788-1850) became PM of Britain for a 2nd time. This was the 1st occasion in which Britain’s government was brought down by the votes of the electorate.
1854 Aug 30 John Fremont issued a proclamation freeing the slaves of Missouri rebels.
1860 Aug 30 The first British tramway was inaugurated at Birkenhead by an American, George Francis Train.
1862 Aug 30 In the Battle of Altamont, Tennessee, Confederates beat Union forces.
1885 Aug 30 Some 13,000 meteors were seen in 1 hour near Andromeda.
1892 Aug 30 The Moravia, a passenger ship arriving from Germany, brought cholera to the United States.
1901 Aug 30 Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner.
1905 Aug 30 Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut, playing for the Detroit Tigers, hitting a double in his first at-bat in a game against the NY Highlanders. The Tigers won, 5-3.
1914 Aug 30 The 1st German plane bombed Paris and 2 people were killed. Nehru requested the independence of India.
1932 Aug 30 Nazi leader Hermann Goering was elected president of the Reichstag.
1933 Aug 30 Portuguese dictator Salazar formed secret police (PIDE).
1939 Aug 30 Isoroku Yamamoto was appointed supreme commander of the Japanese fleet
1941 Aug 30 The World War II siege of Leningrad began as Nazi forces took Mga.
1944 Aug 30 Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, fell to Soviet troops.
1945 Aug 30 Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan and set up Allied occupation headquarters.
1956 Aug 30 A white mob prevented the enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas.
1960 Aug 30 East Germany imposed a partial blockade on West Berlin.
1961 Aug 30 President John F. Kennedy appointed General Lucius D. Clay as his personal representative in Berlin.
1963 Aug 30 Guy Burgess (b.1911), British spy for the USSR, died in Moscow.
1967 Aug 30 The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1974 Aug 30 The Telluride Film Festival was started by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy and Jim Card in the town of Telluride, Colorado.
1981 Aug 30 Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, was assassinated by a bomb.
1982 Aug 30 Palestinian Liberation Organization left Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to Tunis, Tunisia.
1983 Aug 30 Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first black American astronaut to travel in space, blasting off aboard the Challenger.
1984 Aug 30 In Florida NASA launched the US space shuttle Discovery on its 1st mission.
1987 Aug 30 A redesigned space shuttle booster, created in the wake of the Challenger disaster, roared into life in its first full-scale test-firing near Brigham City, Utah.
1988 Aug 30 Top aides to Republican presidential nominee George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis met in Washington without reaching agreement on a schedule for fall debates.
1989 Aug 30 A federal jury in New York found “hotel queen” Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquitted her of extortion. Helmsley served 18 months behind bars, a month at a halfway house and two months under house arrest.
1990 Aug 30 President Bush told a news conference that a “new world order” could emerge from the Gulf crisis.
1992 Aug 30 The television series “Northern Exposure” won six Emmy Awards, including best drama series, while “Murphy Brown” received three Emmys, including best comedy series, in a ceremony marked by satirical jabs directed at Vice President Dan Quayle.
1995 Aug 30 Cable News Network joined the internet (“This is CNN”).
1996 Aug 30 President Clinton and Vice President Gore, fresh from their renominations at the just-concluded Democratic National Convention in Chicago, set out with their wives on a bus caravan through America’s heartland.
1999 Aug 30 In Jordan police in Amman stormed offices linked to the radical Palestinian Hamas movement.
2000 Aug 30 In China’s Fujian province police arrested a Catholic priest, 20 nuns, 2 laymen and a seminarian in Luoyuan county. Rev. Liu Shaozhang (38) was reported to have been severely beaten and that parishioners bought the release of 2 nuns.
2001 Aug 30 It was reported that some 40,000 tax forms were destroyed or concealed at a Pittsburgh processing center run by Mellon Bank.
2002 Aug 30 In Washington, DC, some 35,000 gathered for the 39th annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America.
2003 Aug 30 Harley-Davidson celebrated its 100th anniversary in Milwaukee with a parade of 10,000 motorcycles. Some 250,000 bikers packed the roads around Milwaukee for a 3-day celebration.
2004 Aug 30 US warplanes bombed Weradesh village in eastern Afghanistan, killing 8 people and destroying the camp of a Danish relief group after assailants rocketed a nearby government office.
2005 Aug 30 Lebanon’s PM Fuad Saniora said the commander of the Presidential Guards, three former security chiefs and a former lawmaker are suspects in the Feb 14 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.
2006 Aug 30 In California Gov. Schwarzenegger and Democrats struck a deal to require state industries to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
2007 Aug 30 In a serious breach of nuclear security, a US B-52 bomber armed with six nuclear warheads flew cross-country unnoticed; the Air Force later punished 70 people.
2008 Aug 30 In Black Rock City, Nevada, the 40-foot Burning Man was set aflame. This year’s festival, themed the American Dream, was marked by a 10-story steel frame tower built by union workers of recycled materials. The annual guidebook reached 77 pages.
2009 Aug 30 In Utah a fire, which already destroyed 3 houses and covered over 15 square miles, threatened the rural town of New Harmony.
2010 Aug 30 It was reported that over $5 billion in American aid to Iraq has been wasted on abandoned or incomplete projects. This was over 10% of US reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
2011 Aug 30 The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that they had arrested 7 men in Utah, alleged members of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. Cashes of guns, cash and drugs were seized.
2012 Aug 30 A federal court rejected a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.
2013 Aug 30 The United States found itself with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America’s staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation.
2014 Aug 30 In eastern Afghanistan 2 men blew up their vehicles at the gate of the provincial intelligence office in Jalalabad and six others then opened fire. 4 Afghan intelligence forces were killed. All the militants were killed by security forces.

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