August 30 is the 242nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 123 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about August 30th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 30th in history!
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- National Grief Awareness Day
- International Whale Shark Day
- National Holistic Pet Day
- National Frankenstein Day
What Happened On This Day – August 30
1999 :People in East Timor Vote in a Referendum
The referendum was to decide whether East Timor should get more autonomy within Indonesia or whether independence should be granted. In 1976, East Timor, which had been a Portuguese colony since 1769, was taken over by Indonesia. The referendum, which came on the heels of mass violence in the region during the Indonesian occupation, passed in favor of independence which was finally gained on May 20, 2002.
1991: Azerbaijan Declares its Independence
The Central Asian country had been a part of the Soviet Union since 1920. In December 1991, a referendum was held to make the country’s independence from the USSR official.
1983: Guion Stewart Bluford is launched into Space
Bluford, a fighter pilot for the US Air Force and part of the crew of STS-8, the third flight of NASA’s space shuttle Challenger, was the first African-American to go into space.
1967: First African-American justice is Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
The United States Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall to the country’s highest court of justice. Marshall was also the first African-American to have held the post of Solicitor General of the United States.
1963: Telephone hotline Between Washington DC and Moscow is Established
The system of direct communication between the heads of then Soviet Union and now Russia and the United States was set up during the height of the Cold War when the Cuban Missile Crisis almost led the two countries to the brink of an active war. The hotline was used for the first time in 1967 during the 6-day long Arab–Israeli War.
1963: On 30th Aug 1963, a hotline between Washington DC & Moscow was established during the #ColdWar when the Cuban Missile Crisis almost led them to the brink of war. John F. Kennedy became the 1st US president to have a direct call to the Kremlin in Moscow.
1963: Young boys harassing the Horace Baker family, the first African American family to move into the all-white Delmar Village neighbourhood of Folcroft, Pennsylvania – Aug. 30, 1963.
1935: On this day in 1935: Kit Kat was launched.
1835: On This Day in 1835 the city of Melbourne, #Australia was founded
Births On This Day, August 30
1982: Andy Roddick, American tennis player
1954: Alexander Lukashenko, Belarusian politician, 1st President of Belarus
1943: Tal Brody, American/Israeli basketball player
1930: Warren Buffett, American businessman, philanthropist
1893: Huey Long, American politician
Deaths On This Day, August 30
2015: Oliver Sacks, British/American neurologist, author
2013: Seamus Heaney, Irish poet, playwright, Nobel Prize laureate
2004: Indian Larry, American motorcycle rider, builder
2003: Charles Bronson, American actor
1879: John Bell Hood, American general