Friday, Aug. 30, is the 242d day of 2013. There are 123 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Bill Daily is 86. Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 74. Cartoonist R. Crumb is 70. Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Claude Killy is 70. Actress Peggy Lipton is 66. Comedian Lewis Black is 65. Actor Timothy Bottoms is 62. Actor Michael Chiklis is 50. Rock singer-musician Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) is 42. Actress Cameron Diaz is 41. TV personality Lisa Ling is 40. Tennis player Andy Roddick is 31.
In 1862, Confederate forces won victories against the Union at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va., and the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky.
In 1945, General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan to set up Allied occupation headquarters.
In 1963, the ‘‘Hot Line’’ communications link between Washington and Moscow went into operation.
In 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the US Supreme Court.
In 1983, Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first black American astronaut to travel in space as he blasted off aboard the Challenger.
In 1997, Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was Aug. 31 where the crash occurred.)
In 2008, pro wrestling pioneer Walter ‘‘Killer’’ Kowalski died in Everett at 81.