On This Day 30 August

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-08-30
In 70 the Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed; in 1146 crossbows were outlined in order to end war for all time; in 1835 Melbourne was founded; in 1901 the vacuum cleaner was patented. In 2017 Terry Pratchett's unfinished works were steamrollered.

70 books in 37 languages selling over 70 million - his unpublished works destroyed by steamroller

Terry Pratchett died on the 12th of March 2015 and was the author of the Discworld series among other hugely popular novels.


At the age of 59 Terry was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's which he described in a radio interview as an 'embuggerance'. He wanted to keep things cheerful and wanted to publish several more books. He eventually started using speech recognition software as well as dictating to his assistant.

He worked with the BBC on a two-part documentary about his journey called "Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's". The episodes are no longer available on BBC iplayer however on YouTube you can watch episode one and episode two

He passed away naturally, despite being an advocate for assisted suicide, and a humanist funeral service was held on the 25th of March, 2015. His assistant, Rob Wilkins, knew of at least 10 titles and multiple other fragments that have been left unfinished. Terry's wish what that anything he was working on at the time of his death be destroyed by a steamroller crushing it. This wish was fulfiled by his assistant in Salisbury.


Other events on this day

  • 70: the Second Temple of Jersualem was destroyed by the Romans
  • 1146: crossbow was outlawed in Europe with the intention to end war for all time
  • 1835: Melbourne, Australia, was founded
  • 1901: vacuum cleaner patented by Hubert Cecil Booth
  • 2017: Terry Pratchett's works were destroyed by steamroller following his instructions
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