August 30


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

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. Bill Murray was his 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.

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



Bill Daily 1927 – Actor (TV’s “The Bob Newhart Show”, “I Dream of Jeannie”)

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

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

Peggy Lipton 1946 – Actress (TV’s “The Mod Squad”, “Twin Peaks”)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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