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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, 1,472,515,200 seconds 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

  • 1574
    Guru Ram Das becomes the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.
  • 1590
    Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle. (Traditional Japanese date: August 1, 1590)
  • 1791
    HMS Pandora sinks after having run aground on a reef the previous day.
  • 1862
    American Civil War – Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith rout Union forces under General Horatio Wright.
  • 1981
    President Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar of Iran are assassinated in a bombing committed by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.

Who were born on August 30?

  • 1935
    John Phillips, American singer-songwriter (The Mamas & the Papas) (d. 2001)
  • 1944
    Tug McGraw, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1946
    Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
  • 1963
    Mark Strong, English actor
  • 1980
    Derrick Ward, American football player

Who died on August 30?

  • 1906
    Hans Auer, Swiss architect (b. 1847)
  • 1935
    Henri Barbusse, French novelist and journalist (b. 1873)
  • 1993
    Richard Jordan, American actor (b. 1938)
  • 1996
    Christine Pascal, French actress and director (b. 1953)
  • 2004
    Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)

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