Today in History: East Timor voted massively in favour of independence from Indonesia

The following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 30:

1918 – Vladimir Lenin, leader of Soviet Russia, was shot and wounded by Fanny Kaplan after speaking at a factory in Moscow.

1973 – Kenya banned the hunting of elephants and trade in ivory.

1991 – Mike Powell of the United States breaks world record for long jump.

1999 – East Timor voted massively in favour of independence from Indonesia in a referendum that saw a 99 percent turnout.

2001 – Papua New Guinea and Bougainville island rebels signed a peace deal ending the South Pacific’s longest-running conflict.

2003 – The American coal-miner-turned-tough-guy-actor Charles Bronson, a star of more than 60 films including the popular “Death Wish” series, died aged 81.

2008 – Libya and Italy signed an accord under which Italy will pay $5 billion in compensation for colonial misdeeds during its decades-long rule of the North African country.

2010 – Mount Sinabung volcano in Saka Nalu village, Indonesia erupts for the first time in centuries.

2012 – World record for mass-massaging set in Bangkok, Thailand.

2014 – Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane accuses his country’s army of staging a coup, flees to South Africa.

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