29th August, on this day

30 AD The date on which dancing girl Salome is said to have been presented by King Herod with a plate bearing the head of John the Baptist
284 Origin of Era of Diocletian (Martyrs)
708 Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).
1350 Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships.
The Treaty of Picquigny ends a brief war between France and England.
1498 Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Portugal.
1521 The Ottoman Turks capture Nándorfehérvár, now known as Belgrade.
1526 Hungary conquered by Turks in Battle of Mohács
1708 Haverhill, Mass destroyed by French and Indians
1756 Frederick the Great attacks Saxony, beginning the Seven Years' War.
1758 1st Indian reservation established
1776 Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
1782 100-tonne British battleship HMS Royal George sinks off Spithead with the loss of more than 900 crew while repairs are being carried out beneath the ship's waterline
1786 Shay's Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
1825 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil.
1831 Scientist Michael Faraday demonstrates the production of electricity from magnetism using the world's first transformer - at the Royal Institute in London
1833 The United Kingdom legislates the abolition of slavery in its empire.
1835 Founding of the Australian city of Melbourne
1842 Britain and China sign the Treaty of Nanking - ending the Opium War and leasing the Hong Kong territories to Britain
1844 1st white-indian lacrosse game in Montreal, Indians win
1854 Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)
1861 US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.
1862 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins
1862 Battle of Aspromonte-Italian royal forces defeat rebels
1862 US Bureau of Engraving and Printing begins operation
1864 William Huggins discovers chemical composition of nebulae
1869 The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world's first rack railway.
1882 The England cricket team loses to Australia, in England, for the first time. An 'obituary' printed in the Sporting Times, talks of 'the Ashes' of English Cricket being taken back to Australia. Test Series between the two countries are now played for 'The Ashes'
1883 Seismic sea waves created by the Krakatoa eruption create a rise in the English Channel 32 hrs after the explosion
1885 The first motorcycle is patented by Gottlieb Daimler in Germany
1885 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves and 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan and Dominick McCaffrey
1889 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, RI)
1895 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.
1896 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
1897 Star of David becomes the official emblem of Jews throughout the world
1904 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis
1907 The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.
1908 NY gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London
1909 AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m
1909 World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtis (USA) wins
1910 Japan changes Korea's name to Joseon and appoints a governor-general to rule its new colony.
1911 Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
1914 In US. Arizonan is 1st vessel to arrive in SF via Panama Canal
1915 US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, first U.S. submarine sunk in accident.
1916 Steamer 'Hsin Iu' sinks off China coast, 1,000 drown
1916 World War I: General Hindenburg is appointed German Chief of Staff
1918 Bapaume taken by Australian Corps and Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days Offensive
1922 Turkish forces set fire to Smyrna, in Asia Minor.
1929 German airship Graf Zeppelin ends a round-the-world flight
1930 The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland.
1939 Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
1943 Denmark abandons its policy of co-operation with German invasion forces with the start of a popular uprising which includes the scuttling of the remaining 30 ships of the Danish Navy
1944 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
1944 Slovak National Uprising takes place as 60,000 Slovak troops turn against the Nazis.
1949 The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb - although news of the test explosion isn't announced for another three weeks
1950 Internationa Olympic Committee votes admission to West Germany and Japan in '52
1953 USSR explodes its 1st hydrogen bomb
1957 Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
1957 Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hr filibuster against civil rights
1964 The musical 'Mary Poppins' starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke goes on official release
1965 Astronauts Cooper and Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5
1966 British group The Beatles give their last live concert performance to a crowd of around 25,000 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, USA
1967 Final TV episode of "The Fugitive"
1970 Black Panthers confront cops in Phila (1 cop killed)
1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, East Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar.
1981 Vandals slash the picture of Diana, Princess of Wales hanging at the National Portrait Gallery in London
1982 The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.
1988 USSR launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
1990 C-5 transport plane crashes at Ramstein AFB, Germany, killing 13
1990 Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq
1991 John F Kennedy Jr wins his 1st law case
1991 Supreme Soviet suspends all activities of the Soviet Communist Party
1996 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 crashes into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, killing all 141 aboard.
1997 The British Government invites members of Sinn Fein to take part in the Northern Ireland peace talks for the first time
1997 At least 98 villagers are killed by the GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.
2003 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.
2005 Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $115 billion in damage.
2007 A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base.

29th August 2006

Annan views Lebanon devastation

Uganda begins ceasefire with LRA

French railways face WWII lawsuit

29th August 2007

Sadr 'freezes' militia activities

Taleban release S Korean hostages

Palestinian children die in blast

29th August 2008

McCain picks female running mate

Karadzic refuses war crimes pleas

Alitalia insolvent

29th August 2009

Bodies found at US trailer park

Deadly train crash hits Cameroon

India loses Moon satellite links

29th August 2010

Afghan election workers shot dead

Thousands flee Indonesia volcano

Floods swamp fresh Pakistan town

Birthdates which occurred on 29th August :

1632 John Locke England, empiricist philosopher; disproved substance
1780 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres French painter (Valpincon Bather)
1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes Cambridge, MA, physician/author (Old Ironsides)
1811 Henry Bergh 1st president of SPCA
1815 Anna Ella Carroll US, civil war writer (Reconstruction)
1862 Maurice Maeterlinck Belgium, Symbolist poet (Nobel 1911)
1876 Charles F Kettering Ohio, inventor (auto self-starter)
1881 Valery Nicolas Larbaud France, novelist/translator (Enfantines)
1897 Charles Boyer Figeac France, actor (The Rogues)
1899 George Macready Providence RI, actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place)
1899 Lyman L Lemnitzer US Army General (WW II), Chief of Staff, US Army and Nato Commander
19-- Dick O'Neill Bronx NY, actor (Kaz, Empire, Better Days)
19-- Ellen Geer West Nyack NY, actress (Wendy-Jimmy Stewart Show)
1906 Lurene Tuttle Pleasant Lake Ind, actress (Father of Bride, Julia)
1909 Roy Reuther Wheeling WV, labor leader
1912 Barry Sullivan NYC, actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man)
1915 Ingrid Bergman Sweden, actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower)
1916 George Montgomery Brady Mont, actor (Battle of Bulge, Hallucination)
1917 Isabel Sanford NYC, actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family)
1920 Charlie "Bird" Parker famous African-American jazzman
1922 Charles White Perth Amboy NJ, actor (Troublemaker)
1923 Sir Richard Attenborough actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston)
1924 Dinah Washington Chicago, singer (What a Difference a Day Makes)
1925 Donald O'Connor Chicago Ill, dancer/actor (Singing in the Rain)
1928 Charles Gray Bournemouth England, actor (Clay-Rawhide)
1928 Thomas Stewart San Saba Texas, baritone (La Roche Capriccio)
1929 Thom Gunn Kent England, poet (The Wound)
1934 David Pryor (Sen-D-Ark)
1938 Elliott Gould Queens NY, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
1938 Peter Jennings Canada, news anchor (ABC TV)
1939 William Friedkin US, dir (Exorcist, Cruising, French Connection)
1940 Wilhelm Ruska Holland, judo champ (Olympic-gold-1972)
1941 Robin Leach TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous)
1945 Wyomia Tyus US, 100m dash (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)
1948 Charles D Walker astronaut (STS 41D, STS 51D, STS 61B)
1954 Chet Catallo guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
1958 Michael Jackson Gary Indiana, singer (Thriller, Bad)
1959 Eddi Reader rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
1961 Tony Macalpine heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
1962 Carl Banks NFL line backer (NY Giants)
1962 Rebecca De Mornay actress (And God Created Women)
1963 Greg Steele rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)


Deaths which occurred on August 29th:
29 John the Baptist beheaded ( Note: Actual date is questionable )
1533 Atahualpa last Incan King of Peru, murdered by Spanish conquerors
1769 Edmond Hoyle games expert, dies (birth date unknown)
1877 Brigham Young 2nd president of Mormon Church, dies
1960 Alexander Gauge actor (Adv of Robin Hood), dies at 46
1960 Hazza el-Majali PM of Jordan is assassinated
1967 George Rockwell American nazi party leader, murdered
1975 Eamon de Valera Irish independence fighter, dies at 92
1976 Anissa Jones actress (Buffy-Family Affair), dies at 18
1981 Lowell Thomas newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY, at 89
1982 Ingrid Bergman academy award winning actress, dies on 67th birthday
1983 Simon Oakland actor (Toma, Kolchak, Baa Baa Black Sheep), dies at 61
1985 Evelyn Ankers actress, dies at 67
1985 Patrick Barr actor, dies at 77
1987 Lee Marvin dies in Tucson, Ariz at 63