On this day, Aug. 30 ...
1905: The Detroit Tigers' Ty Cobb has his first major league at-bat, doubling off Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders (which would become better known as the New York Yankees).
Also on this day:
- 1941: The two-year siege of Leningrad during World War II begins.
- 1963: A hotline between the Kremlin and the White House goes into operation to reduce the chances of an accidental war.
- 1967: Thurgood Marshall is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court.
- 1989: A federal jury in New York finds "hotel queen" Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquits her of extortion. (Helmsley would end up serving 18 months in prison, a month at a halfway house and two months under house arrest.)
- 1997: Americans receive word late at night that Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, have been killed in an early morning car crash in Paris. (The date of the crash is Aug. 31 in France.)
- 1999: East Timor residents vote to secede from Indonesia.