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What are the important events that happened on August 30? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 30: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 30 is the 243rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 123 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 17, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 409,032 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 151 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,348 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 30 Historical Events

  • 1813
    Creek War – Fort Mims massacre: Creek “Red Sticks” kill over 500 settlers (including over 250 armed militia) in Fort Mims, north of Mobile, Alabama.
  • 1945
    Hong Kong is liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.
  • 1962
    Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since World War II and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
  • 1974
    A powerful bomb explodes at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan. 8 are killed, 378 are injured. Eight left-wing activists are arrested on May 19, 1975 by Japanese authorities.
  • 1984
    STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage.

Who were born on August 30?

  • 1768
    Joseph Dennie, American writer (d. 1812)
  • 1813
    Princess Mathilde of Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • 1948
    Lewis Black, American comedian
  • 1979
    Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1986
    Lelia Masaga, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on August 30?

  • 1961
    Charles Coburn, American actor (b. 1877)
  • 1989
    Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1993
    Richard Jordan, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 2004
    Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2008
    Walter “Killer” Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)

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