August 30 in history

On August 30:

1363 Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang—were pitted against each other in what is one of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.


1574  Guru Ram Das became the Fourth Sikh Guru/Master.


1590  Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle.


1720 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer, was born (d. 1796).


1791 HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day.


1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, English writer, was born (d. 1851).

Half-length portrait of a woman wearing a black dress sitting on a red sofa. Her dress is off the shoulder, exposing her shoulders. The brush strokes are broad. 

1799 Capture of the entire Dutch fleet by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell during the Second Coalition of the French Revolutionary Wars.

1800 Gabriel Prosser led a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia.

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1813  Battle of Kulm: French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.

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1813  Creek War: Creek Red Sticks carried out the Fort Mims Massacre.

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1835 Melbourne was founded.


1836 The city of Houston was founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.

1862  American Civil War: Battle of Richmond: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith routed a Union army under General Horatio Wright.

1862 – American Civil War: Union forces were defeated in Second Battle of Bull Run.

1871 Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-born Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, was born(d. 1937).

1873Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discover the archipelago of Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.

1903 Guide Joseph Warbrick and three tourists were killed instantly when Roturua’s Waimangu geyser erupted unexpectedly.

Four killed by Rotorua geyser

1908 Fred MacMurray, American actor, was born (d. 1991).

1909  Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.

Marrella, the most abundant Burgess Shale organism.

1912 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent, was born.

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1914  Battle of Tannenberg.

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1918  Fanny Kaplan shot and seriously injured Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.


1922 Battle of Dumlupinar, final battle in Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).


1930 Warren Buffett, American entrepreneur, was born.


1935 John Phillips, American singer/songwriter (The Mamas & the Papas), was born (d. 2001).

1942  World War II: Battle of Alam Halfa began.


1943 Jean-Claude Killy, French skier, was born.

1945 Hong Kong was liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces.

1945 – Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur landed at Atsugi Air Force Base.

1946 Peggy Lipton, American actress, was born.

1951 Dana, Irish singer and politician, was born.

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1956 Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.


1962  Japan conducted a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft.


1963 Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union went into operation.

1967  Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


1972  Cameron Diaz, American actress, was born.

1974  A BelgradeDortmund express train derailed at the main train station in Zagreb killing 153 passengers.

1974 – A powerful bomb exploded at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo – 8 killed, 378 injured.

1984   The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.

Space Shuttle Discovery

1995NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

One Response to August 30 in history

  1. adam2314 says:

    Nancy Wake. Born 1912.. 98 years old and still not known by the New Zealand Government.

    DISGRACEFUL !!.. To say the least..


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