29 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Jean-Baptiste Colbert, 1619
  • John Locke, 1632
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809
  • Maurice Maeterlinck, 1862
  • Charles F. Kettering, 1876
  • Preston Sturges, 1898
  • Ingrid Bergman, 1915
  • George Montgomery, 1916
  • Charlie Parker, 1920
  • Richard Attenborough, 1923
  • Dinah Washington, 1924
  • Isabel Sanford, 1933
  • John McCain, 1936
  • Elliott Gould, 1938
  • Robert Rubin, 1938
  • William Friedkin, 1939
  • James Brady, 1940
  • Robin Leach, 1941
  • James Hunt, 1947
  • Michael Jackson, 1958
  • Lenny Henry, 1958
  • Rebecca De Mornay, 1962
  • Sir Peter Scott, 1989

Died On This Day:

  • John the Baptist, AD 29
  • Atahualpa strangled, 1533
  • Edmond Hoyle, 1769
  • Pope Pius VI, 1799
  • Brigham Young, 1877
  • Reverend Spooner, 1930
  • Queen Astrid (Belgium) killed, 1935
  • Manolete (Manuael Rodriguez) killed, 1947
  • Vicki Baum, 1960
  • Eamon de Valera, 1975
  • S. I. Newhouse, 1979
  • Lowell Thomas, 1981
  • Ingrid Bergman, 1982
  • Lehman Engel, 1982
  • Lee Marvin, 1987

Today's Events:

  • 26 BC - Egyptian Year instituted on the reformation of the Egyptian calendar by Augustus.
  • AD 284 - Coptic era begins.
  • 1475 - Edward IV agrees to withdraw army from France in exchange for gold under Truce of Picquigny.
  • 1533 - Inca Empire dies with Francisco Pizarro's assassination of Atahualpa.
  • 1782 - HMS Royal George keels over, capsizes and sinks at Portsmouth with a loss of 900 lives.
  • 1825 - Portugal recognizes Brazil's independence.
  • 1831 - Michael Faraday demonstrates electromagnetic induction; electricity can be converted into motion.
  • 1833 - British factory act-children under 9 can't work, 9-13 can't work more than 9 hr. day.
  • 1835 - Melbourne, Australia founded.
  • 1842 - Treaty of Nanking ends the Opium Wars and confirms Hong Kong cede to Britain.
  • 1862 - General Stonewall Jackson defeats Union army at 2nd Battle of Bull Run. (Civil War)
  • 1885 - First motorcycle patented in Germany by Gottlieb Daimler.
  • 1885 - John L. Sullivan wins first world heavyweight title fought with 3-oz gloves in Cincinnati.
  • 1893 - The Zipper, also known as the slide fastener, patented by Whitcomb Judson of Chicago.
  • 1896 - Chop Suey first cooked by chef of Chinese Ambassador in N.Y.
  • 1897 - Star of David becomes official Jewish people's emblem.
  • 1916 - Hindenburg becomes German chief of staff.
  • 1949 - Russia explodes its first atomic bomb at a test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
  • 1965 - Gemini-5, an eight-day orbital flight, lands with astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad.
  • 1966 - Beatles give their last ever live performance at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
  • 1991 - Communism officially dead in Russia as Supreme Soviet suspends all activities of the Party.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina comes ashore as a category 4 storm in Buras, Louisiana causing floods, looting, deaths and record destruction.

Holiday:

  • Egyptian New Year
  • Day of Thoth, Egyptian form of Mercury
  • Festival of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Greece

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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