On This Day In History, 30 August

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World Events Today

  • The city of Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state of Victoria, was founded today in 1835
  • The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill approved “Tube Alloys” today in 1941 during World War II, he was the first national leader to approve a nuclear weapons programme
  • Azerbaijan, officially known as the Republic of Azerbaijan, declared its independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • The England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, in just 21 matches, became the quickest player to make 1,000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets, today in 1979
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris welcomed its 150 millionth visitor today in 1993
  • The biographical drama movie 12 Years a Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival today in 2013

Family Events Today

  • The American investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, was born today in 1930 in Nebraska
  • The American actress Cameron Diaz, who starred in many movies, including There’s Something About Mary and Vanilla Sky, was born today in 1972 in California
  • Charles Dennis Buchinsky, better known as the American actor Charles Bronson, who starred in many movies, including the Death Wish series, died today in 2003 aged 81

Main Event Today

  • The famous No. 303 Squadron RAF, made up of Polish officers, pilots and ground staff, scored its first victory today in 1940, the squadron claimed the largest number of aircraft shot down during the Battle of Britain

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Beach Day

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