On this day
European leaders tried to make a big change.
In 1146, European leaders actually outlawed the crossbow, with the idea being that it would help end war forever. A valiant effort, but alas… war persisted.
The Battle of Lake Poyang began.
In 1363, when two rebel leaderships in China – headed up by Zhu Yuanzhang and Chen Youliang – faced off against each other, the Battle of Lake Poyang began. It was considered one of the biggest naval battles of all time, with at least 1,346 men dead and 11,347 soldiers wounded as a result of the fighting.
Lenin survived a double shooting!
Vladimir Lenin, revolutionary leader of the Soviet Union, made plenty of enemies during his time at the head of the Russian government. In fact, some tried to assassinate him – and one such assailant shot Lenin twice on this day back in 1918, only for the leader to survive the attack. A 20th century Rasputin, it would seem!
India wanted its independence!
In 1928, Jawaharlal Nehru asked for Indian independence. It was eventually achieved, and India remains independent from Great Britain to this day – but as any historian specialized in Indian-British relations will tell you, this was a very long time coming. India’s separation from Great Britain marked an incredible split in the Empire!
Special Days Falling on August 30thAugust 30th may seem like just another day to you, but for many people around the world, it is one of the most important dates of the year. Here are some of the reasons why.
Every August 30th is Frankenstein Day, and as you might expect, it is a day on which we celebrate everything about this classic novel. The story, surrounding a mad scientist’s attempts to create life and the philosophical and societal struggles his “monster” experiences, shocked the world when it was published – and we have the-then 19-year-old Mary Shelley to thank.
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day
August 30th is also the day the world celebrates International Cabernet Sauvignon Day! Cabernet Sauvignon is a highly popular type of wine that’s said to date back all the way to the 17th century. As with Red Wine Day celebrated recently, raise a glass – but do so responsibly!
International Whale Shark Day
Whale sharks are the largest of their species on the planet – they can grow up to 60 feet (just over 18 meters) in length! The whale shark is known for its gentle and slow behavior, which may seem strange for a shark, but it’s true! Yet, people have cruelly fished and hunted them for a long time. That is why this date is so important to honor these majestic animals and learn more about why we need to protect them!