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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, 24,541,920 minutes 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.
  • 1873
    Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discover the archipelago of Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
  • 1896
    Philippine Revolution: After Spanish victory in the Battle of San Juan del Monte, eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor-General Ramón Blanco y Erenas.
  • 1942
    World War II: the Battle of Alam Halfa begins.
  • 1963
    The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.

Who were born on August 30?

  • 1923
    Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist (d. 1969)
  • 1937
    Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of McLaren racing team (d. 1970)
  • 1966
    Michael Michele, American actress
  • 1975
    Radhi Jaïdi, Tunisian footballer
  • 1977
    Marlon Byrd, American baseball player

Who died on August 30?

  • 1928
    Wilhelm Wien, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1994
    Lindsay Anderson, English film director (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • 2008
    Walter “Killer” Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2009
    Klaus-Peter Hanisch, German footballer (b. 1952)

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