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On This Day: August 30

Today is Saturday, August 30, 2014. This is the 242nd day of the year, with 123 days remaining in 2014.

Fact of the Day: football

U.S. football evolved in the 19th century as a combination of rugby and soccer - with the first college game in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton though quite different from the modern game.


Feast Day of Saints Felix and Audauctus, St. Fantinus, St. Pammachius, St. Margaret Ward, and St. Ruan or Rumon.

Peru: Saint Rose of Lima Day.

Turkey: Victory Day.


1862 - Union forces were defeated by the Confederates at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia.

1881 - The first stereo system, for a telephonic broadcasting service, was patented in Germany by Clement Adler.

1901 - Scottish inventor Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner.

1963 - The hot-line communications link between Washington, D.C. and Moscow went into operation.

1991 - Azerbaijan declared independence.

1999 - Residents of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a United Nations-sponsored ballot.

2005 - A day after Hurricane Katrina hit, floodwaters covered 80 percent of New Orleans - rescuers in helicopters and boats picked up hundreds of stranded people.


1797 - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, British novelist.

1870 - Maria Montessori, Italian educator.

1871 - Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-born English physicist.

1898 - Shirley Booth, American actress.

1908 - Fred MacMurray, American film and television actor.

1918 - Ted Williams (born Theodore Samuel Williams), American baseball player.

1930 - Warren Buffett, American investor, businessman, and philanthropist.

1937 - Bruce McLaren, a New Zealand race-car designer, driver, engineer, and inventor.

1943 - Robert Crumb, American cartoonist.

1946 - Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, the wife of King Constantine II of Greece.

1972 - Cameron Diaz, an American actress and former fashion model.


30 B.C.E. - Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, by suicide.

1483 - Louis XI, King of France.

1938 - Max Factor, make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer.

2004 - Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer.

2004 - Indian Larry (born Larry Desmedt), American motorcycle builder and stuntman.

2006 - Glenn Ford (born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford), Canadian-born actor.

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