This Day in History – August 30

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August 30

Did you know that in the 17th century, Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan was defeated by Aurangzeb on 30th August or that the famous Oracle of Omaha and America’s richest man, Warren Buffett was born on the same day? Let’s unravel the glorious events of this day in history- August 30 and learn more about our shared world history!

What Happened in India on August 30?

  • 1574: Guru Ram Das became the 4th Sikh Guru
    On 30th August, Guru Ram Das became the fourth Sikh Guru in 1574. He was the author of Laava and wrote 4 hymns for Sikh marriage rites. 
YouTube: Cogito
  • 1659: Dara Shikoh was defeated
    Dara Shikoh, Shah Jahan’s eldest son and brother of Emperor Aurangzeb was defeated on this day in 1659 and succeeded by his younger brother Aurangzeb to the throne.
YouTube: BBC News
  • 1773: Peshwa Narayanrao assassinated
    Peshwa Narayanrao was the 10th Peshwa of the Maratha Empire and his reign began in the year 1772. Narayanrao was assassinated on 30th August 1773 by his uncle, Raghunathrao.
  • 1935: Surai Sasai, the Indian-Japanese Buddhist was born
    On August 31, 1935, Surai Sasai, the famous Indian Japanese Buddhist was born. The Buddhist monk is the current President of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial committee Deekshabhoomi. 
YouTube: Lokayat

What Happened Around the World on August 30?

  • 1682: William Penn left to sail for the New World
    On 30th August 1682, William Penn left England to discover the New World. The English Quaker leader and writer is the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, a North American colony of England.
  • 1862: Second Battle of Bull Run ended
    The Second Battle of Bull Run also known as the Second Battle of Manassas ended in victory for the Confederates on 30th August 1862. The battle was fought as a part of the American Civil War.
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  • 1890: US President Harrison signed the meat inspection law
    US President Benjamin Harrison signed the first law for regulation and inspection of meat products on 30th August. The law gave USDA the authority to inspect salted pork and bacon and approve for exportation.

  • 1904: Thomas Hicks won a gold medal at the Olympic marathon
    Thomas Hicks, the American athlete won a gold medal at the Olympic marathon on this day in history.
  • 1918: The failed assassination of Vladimir Lenin
    On 30th August, the Socialist Revolutionary Party member Fanny Kaplan shot the famous Russian leader Vladimir Lenin. Though Lenin survived the assassination, he was severely wounded during the attempt. 
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  • 1945: Japan surrendered Hong Kong to the British
    On 30th August, Japan ended its occupation of Hong Kong and surrendered the territory to the British Empire in 1945. This day was called Liberation Day and was a holiday in Hong Kong till 1997.
YouTube: British Pathe
  • 1951: Mutual Defense Treaty signed
    The Mutual Defense Treaty was signed on August 30, 1951, in Washington between the Philippines and the United States of America. The treaty declares that in the event of an external attack on either territory, the USA and the Philippines are obliged to help one another.
  • 1972: John Lennon performed at the Madison Square Garden
    John Lennon, the famous musician and member of the Beatles recorded on 30 August 1972 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He performed two shows as a benefit concert for the Willowbrook State School for Retarded Children in New York.
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  • 1983: First African American to travel into space
    Guion S. Bluford, Jr., a US astronaut became the first African American to travel into space. His first flight was abroad on the orbiter named Challenger and he served as a mission specialist.

  • 2015: Kanye West announced his presidential bid for 2020
    On 30th August 2015, Kanye West announced his presidential campaign 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards while accepting the Video Vanguard Award.

  • 2018: The Favourite premiered at the 75th Venice film festival
    The Oscar-nominated movie The Favourite was premiered at the Venice film festival on August 30. It stars Rachel, Weiss, Emma Stone and Olivia Coleman.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1797: Mary Shelley
    The famous English writer, Mary Shelley was born on this day in London. She is famous for writing science fiction novels like Frankenstein and the Modern Prometheus.
August 30, Mary Shelley
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  • 1871: Ernest Rutherford
    Ernest Rutherford, father of nuclear physic was born on 30th August 1871 in New Zealand. Rutherford is a Nobel Prize winner and known for discovering the nuclear structure of the atom.
  • 1930: Warren Buffett
    Warren Buffett, America’s richest man was born on 30th August 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska. Buffett is considered one of the wizards of the stock market exchange and investment world. 
  • 1954: Ravi Shankar Prasad
    Born on 30th August 1954, Ravi Shankar Prasad is a famous Indian politician, lawyer, and member of the ruling party, BJP. He is also currently the Minister for Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology and Communications
  • 1972: Cameron Diaz
    Cameron Diaz is a famous American actress who was born on this glorious day in history in the USA. Diaz is an award-winning actress and famous for her roles in movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding, Bad Teacher, and Charlie’s Angels.
  • 1989: Bebe Rexha
    Bebe Rexha, the famous pop singer, songwriter, and music producer from the USA was born on this day in history on 30th August.
YouTube: The Tonight’s Show Starring Bebe Rexha

This is where we conclude our blog. We hope you enjoyed reading about the significance of August 30 in history. For more exciting articles related to history and education, follow Leverage Edu on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and LinkedIn

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