August 29 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on August 29.

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Events on August 29

1831 in London, Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer.

1835 John Batman and associates buy land from the Australian aborigines and officially establish Melbourne.

1842 The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and Chinese, ending the Opium War.

1877 Death of Brigham Young, Mormon leader and founder of Salt Lake City.

1885 The first motorcycle was patented by Gottlieb Daimler in Germany.

1918 More than 6000 British policemen go on strike, demanding better pay.

1975 Death of Eamon de Valera three times Irish prime minister and President from 1959 to 1973.

1982 Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, star of Gaslight and Casablanca, dies, aged 67.

1987 Lee Marvin, the American actor who won an Oscar for Cat Ballou, dies of a heart attack.

1990 The blockade of a bridge over the St Lawrence river in Canada by Mohawk Indians ends.

Famous Birthdays on August 29

Maurice Maeterlink 1862, Belgian poet and playwright best known for Pelléas et Mélisande and the children’s play The Blue Bird.

Elliot Gould 1938, American actor who starred in M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye and The Lady Vanishes.

James Hunt 1947, British world champion racing driver.

Richard Gere 1949, American actor who first rose to fame with Yanks and American Gigolo and later starred in films such as An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman.

Lenny Henry 1958, British comedian and actor.

Michael Jackson 1958, American pop megastar whose hit albums such as Thriller and Bad are backed by equally successful videos.

Quotes from Legendary

I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.

- Edward Appleton, British physicist, 1955.

Historical News on August 29

Gandhi Comes To London

Mohandas Gandhi comes to london on August 29
Mohandas Gandhi comes to london

1931 The Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi arrived in London today to attend the second Round Table Conference at St James’s Palace.

He is the sole representative of the Indian National Congress party.

That Gandhi has agreed to call off the campaign of civil disobedience and attend the meeting is thanks largely to Lord Irwin, the former viceroy of India, who has publicly stated his commitment to India being accorded dominion status.

1929 The giant airship Graf Zeppelin returned to Lakehurst, New Jersey, today after completing a 21-day trip round the world.

The hydrogen-filled craft, launched last September, made only three stops during its 21,500-mile (34,600-km) voyage.

The flight has demonstrated the feasibility of using this type of craft as a commercial transatlantic airliner.

One-way traffic at St Louis Olympics

One way traffic at St Louis Olympics on August 29
One way traffic at St Louis Olympics

1904 Christmas came early this year for the US Olympic team.

Out of a total of 23 track and field events, US athletes collected an incredible tally of 21 gold medals.

The major reason for the supremacy of the home team is that few European athletes came to St Louis – fewer than a twelfth of the competitors attending the Games were non-Americans.

Apart from the cost and effort of attendance, overseas competitors were put off by the decision to make the Games part of the postponed Louisiana World Fair.

Few people are sure about the precise status of the many events staged in St Louis.

Naval Disaster at Spithead

1782 A first rate ship of the British fleet, Royal George, has sunk while undergoing repairs at Spithead.

More than 900 people are feared lost, including most of the crew and many wives and children.

Rear Admiral Richard Kempenfelt, 64, a distinguished veteran of the American War of Independence, was among those who perished.

The survivors are to be tried for negligence at a court martial to be held at Portsmouth on September 9.

The court will decide whether routen timbers were responsible for the ship capsizing as she was being heeled or whether she was heeled so far that water entered the lower tier of gumports.

Launched in 1756, Royal George was one of only three 100-gun ships in the British Navy.

Katrina Devastates New Orleans

2005: Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast of the USA killing 1,836 people and causing $90 billion of damage in the country’s worst ever natural disaster.

The costliest hurricane in US history formed over the Bahamas, then travelled across Florida.

It intensified quickly as it passed over the unusually warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico which increased wind speeds up to 175 mph (280 kmh).

The worst damage was to coastal towns from central Florida to Texas where widespread flooding occurred.

The greatest number of fatalities occurred in New Orleans where 80 percent of the city flooded.

The failure of the hurricane protection system brought about a lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers who built the city’s levee system.

Beatles Hit Klan-Land

1966 The Beatles ended their controversial tour of the States with a concert for thousands of screaming fans in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park tonight.

John Lennon’s widely reported comment about the group being more popular than Jesus Christ reached the States shortly before the group touched down to begin their tour.

Lennon’s apology at their first press conference in Chicago has done little to calm the wave of anti-Beatles sentiment sweeping the South.

At Memphis the group was met by 8000 chanting Ku Klux Klan members.

Manager Brian Epstein allegedly said tonight’s performance will be the Beatles’ last-ever live gig.

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