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Birthdates which occurred on August 30:

1748 Jacques-Louis David France, Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat)
1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley London England, author (Frankenstein)
1837 Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur wife of president Chester A Arthur
1852 Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff Neth, physical chemist (Nobel 1901)
1871 Ernest Lord Rutherford England, physicist; discovered atomic nucleus
1884 Theodor Svedberg Sweden, chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel '26)
1893 Huey P Long Winn Parish La, (gov/sen-D-La)
1896 Raymond Massey Toronto Canada, actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildare)
19-- Anthony Call actor (Herb Callison-One Life to Live)
19-- Ben Jones NC, actor (Cooter-Dukes of Hazzard)
19-- Deedy Peters Hartford City Indiana, actress (House Calls)
19-- Dorian Lopinto actress (One Life to Live)
19-- James Vallely New Brunswick NJ, actor (Charles-Double Trouble)
19-- William G Schilling Phila Pa, actor (Dr Samuels-Head of the Class)
1901 John Gunther Chicago Ill, author/host (John Gunther's High Road)
1901 Roy Wilkins civil rights director (NAACP)
1907 Fred MacMurray Kankakee Ill, actor (Caine Mutiny, My 3 Sons)
1908 Willie Bryant New Orleans La, singer (Sugar Hill Times)
1909 Joan Blondell NYC, actress (Real McCoys, Here Come the Brides)
1917 Julie Bishop Denver Colo, actress (Northern Pursuit, Threat)
1918 Ted Williams Baseball's last .400 hitter (Boston Red Sox, hit .406, .344 lifetime)
1919 Kitty Wells Nashville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)
1922 Regina Resnik NYC, mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth)
1923 Elias Victor Seixas US, mixed double tennis player (Wimbledon 1953-56)
1927 Geoffrey Beene Louisiana, dress designer (8 Coty Awards)
1928 Bill Daily Des Moines Iowa, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Newhart)
1928 Johnny Mann Balt Md, music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer)
1930 Warren Buffett author (The Midas Touch)
1931 John L Swigert Jr Denver Colorado, astronaut (Apollo 13
1935 John Phillips singer (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming)
1938 Steve Delaney Dobbs Ferry NY, newscaster (Monitor)
1939 Elizabeth Ashley Ocala Florida, actress (Coma)
1943 Jean Claude Killy France, skier (Olympic-3 golds-1968)
1943 R Crumb cartoonist (Father Time)
1947 Peggy Lipton Lawrence NY, actress (Julie-Mod Squad, Twin Peaks)
1950 John Landis actor (American Werewolf in London)
1951 Timothy Bottoms actor (Paper Chase, East of Eden)
1953 Robert Parish NBA center (Boston Celtics)
1955 Martin Jackson rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
1964 Joan Bennett Chicago Ill, playmate (January, 1985)
1964 Stephen Baker NFL receiver (NY Giants)
1974 Matt Bongiovi heavy metal rocker (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi)

Deaths which occurred on August 30:

30 -BC- Cleopatra 7th & most famous queen of Egypt, commits suicide
1483 Louis XI king of France (1461-83), dies at 60
1879 John B Hood confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
1930 William H Taft 27th US President, dies
1952 Arky Vaughn infielder (Pirates & Dodgers), drowns
1961 Charles Coburn Acad award winning actor, dies at 84
1963 Axel Stordahl orch leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
1964 Wesley Lau actor (Lt Anderson-Perry Mason), dies at 43
1968 William Talman actor (Hamilton-Perry Mason), dies at 53
1970 Del Moore actor/announcer (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53
1981 Mohammad Ali Rajai president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
1981 Mohammad Javad Bahonar prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb


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On this day...

31 -BC- Origin of Era of Augustus
257 St Sixtus II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1645 Dutch & Indians sign peace treaty
1843 1st black participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party)
1850 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes a city
1854 John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
1862 Battle of 2nd Manassas-Pope defeated by Lee-Battle of Richmond, KY
1862 Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
1885 13,000 meteors seen in 1 hour near Andromeda
1888 Lord Walsingham kills 1070 grouse in a single day
1905 Ty Cobb's 1st major league at bat (Detroit Tigers)
1906 Hal Chase became 1st Yank to hit 3 triples in a game
1910 Yank Tom Hughes pitches 9 no-hit innings but loses to Cleve 5-0 in 11
1912 St Louis Brown Earl Hamilton no-hits Detroit Tigers, 5-1
1913 Phillies lead Giants 8-6 in top of 9th, fans in bleachers try to distract Giants, Umpire forefeits game to Giants, later overruled
1916 Boston's Dutch Leonard no-hits St Louis Browns, 4-0
1916 Paul Von Hindenburg becomes chief-of-General-Staff in Germany
1939 NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)
1941 Siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops began during WW II
1941 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cin Reds, 2-0
1944 Soviet troops enter Bucharest Romania
1945 Hong Kong liberated from Japan
1956 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas
1961 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
1961 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game
1963 Hot Line communications link between Wash DC & Moscow went begins
1965 Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball
1965 Section of Allalin glacier wipes out construction site at Mattmark Dam near Saas-Fee, Switzerland
1967 US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice
1968 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)
1969 120,000 attend Texas Intl Pop Festival
1969 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
1969 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
1974 Express train runs full speed into Zagreb, Yugo rail yard killing 153
1975 KTW-AM in Seattle Wash changes call letters to KYAC (now KKFX)
1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of the Today Show
1979 1st recorded occurrence-comet hits sun (energy=1 mil hydrogen bombs)
1979 Pres Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains Ga
1983 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
1984 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)
1986 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (US News World Report)
1987 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec
1987 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump women's record (6'10")
1987 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
1988 Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen
1988 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills
1989 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner
1990 Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr become 1st father & son to play on the same team (Seattle Mariners), both single in the 1st inning
1991 Dan O'Brien sets US decathalon record with 8,812 points
1991 France beats US by narrowest Ryder Cup margin - 14 to 13
1991 Mike Powell of the US, sets then long jump record at 29' 4"


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Afghanistan : Children's Day
England, Channel Is, Northern Ireland, Wales : Bank Holiday - - - - - ( Monday )
Gibraltar : Bank Holiday
Turkey : Victory Day (1922)
Hong Kong : Liberation Day (1945) - - - - - ( Monday )

Religious Observances

RC : Comm of St Fiacre, Irish hermit, patron of gardeners
Old RC : Feast of St Rose of Lima, patron of Latin America

Religious History

1637 Colonial religious teacher Anne Hutchinson, 46, was charged with "traducing (i.e., degrading) the ministry" and was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Moving the following year to Rhode Island, then to New York, Anne and her family were killed by Indians in 1643.
1770 Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'The exercised and experienced Christian, by the knowledge he has gained of his own heart and the many difficulties he has had to struggle with, acquires a skill and compassion in dealing with others.
1820 Birth of George F. Root, American sacred music editor and composer. Root helped edit 75 musical collections, as well as composing several hundred original sacred melodies. One of these, JEWELS, is the tune to which is commonly sung the hymn, "When He Cometh."
1856 Wilberforce University was established in Xenia, Ohio under auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1863, the university was transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
1894 Independent Christian evangelist and educator Bob Jones, Sr. was converted at age 11 to a vital Christian faith. Licensed to preach by the Methodists at 15, Jones maintained a lifelong fundamentalist view of the Bible. In 1926, at age 32, he founded Bob Jones University.

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
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