August 30

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.

1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth received a patent for the vacuum cleaner.

1905 – Ty Cobb, “The Georgia Peach,” made his Major League debut, playing centerfield for the Detroit Tigers.

1963 – A direct phone link — the so-called hot line — between Washington, DC and Moscow went into operation.

1967 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court Justice. He became the first black Justice to sit on the Supreme Court.

1979 – A federal jury in New York found hotel owner Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but not extortion.

1983 – Guion S. Bluford, Jr. became the first African-American astronaut in space, flying aboard the shuttle Challenger Three.

1984 – The Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-41-D) took off on it’s maiden voyage. On the mission three communications satellites were deployed.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

1992 – The 11-day Ruby Ridge standoff ended with Randy Weaver surrendering to federal authorities.

1993 – “The Late Show with David Letterman” premiered on CBS TV, following his move from NBC. Bill Murray was David’s first guest.

1994 – Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.

1994 – The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.

1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines that were being used to raise part of the hull snapped.

2000 – Cabela’s opened up a 225,000 square foot store in Dundee, Michigan. It was the biggest of seven retail stores.

2002 – Conoco Inc. and Phillips Petroleum merged to create ConocoPhillips. The new company became the third largest integrated energy company and the second largest refining company in the United States.

2021 – The last remaining American troops left Afghanistan, ending U.S. involvement in the war.



Elizabeth Ashley – 84 years old (1939) – Actress (“The Carpetbaggers”, “Evening Shade”)

Ben Jones – 82 years old ( 1941) – Actor, politician (Played Cooter on TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard”, served four terms as a Democratic Congressman from Georgia)

Lewis Black – 75 years old (1948) – Comedian, actor (TV’s “The Daily Show”)

Timothy Bottoms – 72 years old (1951) – Aactor (“The Last Picture Show”, “The Paper Chase”, “The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course”, TV movie “DC 9/11: Time of Crisis”)

David Paymer – 69 years old (1954) – Actor (“Mr. Saturday Night”, “Quiz Show”, “City Slickers”, “Get Shorty”, “The American President”, “Ocean’s Thirteen”)

Michael Chiklis – 60 years old (1963) – Actor (“Fantastic Four”, TV’s “The Commish”, “The Shield”)

Michael Michele – 57 years old (1966) – Actress (“Ali”, TV’s “ER”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”)

Cameron Diaz – 51 years old (1972) – Actress (“Bad Teacher”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Vanilla Sky”, “The Mask”)

Lisa Ling – 50 years old (1973)  – TV host, correspondent (“This Is Life with Lisa Ling”, “The View”, “Oprah Winfrey Show”)



Amagwinya Day

Frankenstein Day

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance

International Whale Shark Day

National Beach Day

National Grief Awareness Day

National Holistic Pet Day

National Slinky Day

National Toasted Marshmallow Day


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