On This Day..... August 29

AUGUST 29TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOP SUEY DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

BIRTHDAYS:

  • JOHN LOCKE (1632-1704)
  • OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES (1809-1894)
  • INGRID BERGMAN (1915-1982)
  • ISABEL SANFORD (1917-2004)
  • CHARLIE “BIRD” PARKER (1920-1955)
  • MR. BLACKWELL (1922-2008)
  • RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH (1923-2014)
  • JOHN MCCAIN (1936-2018)
  • ELLIOTT GOULD (1938, 80)
  • JAMES BRADY (1940-2014)
  • ROBIN LEACH (1941-2018)
  • SPEEDY GONZALES (1953, 65)
  • MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009)
  • REBECCA DEMORNAY (1959, 59)
  • BRIAN CHESKY (CEO OF AIRBNB) (1981, 37)
  • LEA MICHELE (1986, 32)
  • LIAM PAYNE (1993, 25)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 708, COPPER COINS ARE MINTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN JAPAN
  • IN 1533, FRANCISCO PIZARRO ORDERS THE DEATH OF THE INCAN KING ON BEHALF OF SPAIN, ENDING THE INCAN EMPIRE IN SOUTH AMERICA
  • IN 1708, FRENCH TROOPS AND NATIVES DESTROY HAVERHILL, MASS
  • IN 1758, NEW JERSEY FORMS THE FIRST “INDIAN RESERVATION”
  • IN 1776, THE AMERICAN ARMY CEDES MANHATTAN AND WESTCHESTER TO THE BRITISH DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
  • IN 1786, SHAY’S REBELLION TAKES PLACE IN SPRINGFIELD, MASS
  • IN 1793, SLAVES ARE FREED IN FRENCH ST. DOMINGUE EVENTUALLY FORMING HAITI
  • IN 1825, BRAZIL BECOMES INDEPENDENT FROM PORTUGAL
  • IN 1833, SLAVERY IS OFFICIALLY ABOLISHED IN GREAT BRITAIN
  • IN 1838, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, JACOB AND WILHELM, ANNOUNCE THEIR INTENTION TO PUBLISH A GERMAN DICTIONARY. IT IS FINALLY RELEASED IN 1961
  • IN 1842, BRITAIN AND CHINA END THE OPIUM WAR WITH THE TREATY OF NANKING
  • IN 1857, FUTURE PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED A MURDER SUSPECT, WILLIAM DUFF ARMSTRONG, BY PROVING THAT A WITNESS CLAIMING TO HAVE VIEWED THE MURDER WAS LYING BECAUSE THE MOON WASN’T FULL ENOUGH FOR HIM TO HAVE SEEN WHAT HE SAID HE DID
  • IN 1861, THE UNION CAPTURES CAPE HATTERAS FROM THE CONFEDERACY IN A NAVAL BATTLE DURING THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1862, THE CONFEDERACY WINS THE SECOND BATTLE OF BULL RUN IN VIRGINIA
  • IN 1877, BRIGHAM YOUNG DIES OR PERITONITIS AT 76
  • IN 1883, 32 HOURS AFTER KRAKATOA ERUPTS AND EXPLODES IN THE PACIFIC, RESULTING SEA WAVES RESULT IN A NOTICABLE RISE IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
  • IN 1889, THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL LAWN TENNIS TOURNAMENT IS HELD IN NEWPORT
  • IN 1896, A NEW YORK CITY CHEF INVENTS CHOP SUEY WHEN SERVING THE VISITING CHINESE AMBASSADOR
  • IN 1898, CHARLES GOODYEAR FOUNDS THE GOODYEAR TIRE COMPANY
  • IN 1907, THE QUEBEC BRIDGE OVER THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER COLLAPSES DURING CONSTRUCTION KILLING 75 WORKERS
  • IN 1911, THE ISHI, THE LAST NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE NOT DISCOVERED BY WHITE AMERICANS, ARE DISCOVERED IN THE REMOTE CALIFORNIA FORESTS NEAR IDAHO
  • IN 1914, THE ARIZONIAN BECOMES THE FIRST VESSEL TO ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO VIA THE PANAMA CANAL
  • IN 1916, CONGRESS CREATES THE U.S. NAVAL RESERVE
  • IN 1916, THE JONES ACT PASSES CONGRESS TO GRANT THE PHILLIPINES INDEPENDENCE
  • IN 1925, BABE RUTH IS SUSPENDED AND FINED $5,000 FOR SHOWING UP LATE TO BATTING PRACTICE AFTER A NIGHT OUT DRINKING
  • IN 1929, THE GRAF ZEPPELIN COMPLETES ITS FIRST TRIP AROUND THE WORLD
  • IN 1937, LEGLESS SWIMMER CHARLES ZIMMY ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY AFTER SWIMMING 150 MILES FROM ALBANY OVER SIX DAYS
  • IN 1945, THE BRITISH LIBERATE HONG KONG FROM JAPAN
  • IN 1945, GEN. MACARTHUR IS NAMED SUPREME COMM. OF ALLIED FORCES FOR JAPAN
  • IN 1950, THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE VOTES TO ALLOW GERMANY AND JAPAN TO REJOIN THE OLYMPICS IN 1952
  • IN 1953, THE U.S.S.R. TESTS ITS FIRST HYDROGEN BOMB
  • IN 1957, SENATOR STROM THURMOND COMPLETES HIS 24 HOUR FILIBUSTER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT
  • IN 1958, THE U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY OPENS IN COLORADO SPRINGS
  • IN 1958, GEORGE HARRISON JOINS MCCARTNEY AND LENNON IN THE QUARRYMEN
  • IN 1964, “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED….” CLOSES ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1964, WALT DISNEY RELEASES “MARY POPPINS”
  • IN 1964, DICK CHENEY WEDS LYNNE VINCENT IN CASPER, WYOMING
  • IN 1964, ROY ORBISON RELEASES “PRETTY WOMAN”
  • IN 1966, THE BEATLES HOLD THEIR LAST PUBLIC CONCERT IN CANDLESTICK PARK, SF
  • IN 1967, 78 MILLION PEOPLE WATCH THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THE FUGITIVE”
  • IN 1968, HUBERT HUMPHREY ACCEPTS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT
  • IN 1970, A POLICE OFFICER IS KILLED IN A CONFRONTATION WITH BLACK PANTHER PROTESTERS IN PHILADELPHIA
  • IN 1970, EDWIN STARR GOES TO #1 WITH “WAR”
  • IN 1977, THREE MEN ARE ARRESTED IN MEMPHIS FOR TRYING TO STEAL ELVIS PRESLEY’S BODY, PROMPTING HIS REMAINS TO BE MOVED TO GRACELAND
  • IN 1977, IGGY POP RELEASES “LUST FOR LIFE”
  • IN 1982, STEVE MILLER HITS #1 WITH “ABRACADABRA”
  • IN 1982, INGRID BERGMAN DIES ON HER 67TH BIRTHDAY
  • IN 1987, LOS LOBOS GOES TO #1 WITH “LA BAMBA”
  • IN 1988, MACY’S “TAP-O-MANIA” SETS A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR TAP DANCING
  • IN 1990, ELTON JOHN ENTERS REHAB FOR BULIMIA, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
  • IN 1991, WFNX IN BOSTON DEBUTS “NEVERMIND” BY NIRVANA FROM START TO FINISH
  • IN 1994, OASIS RELEASES THEIR DEBUT ALBUM “DEFINITELY MAYBE”, THE FASTEST SELLING ALBUM EVER RELEASED IN THE U.K.
  • IN 1995, NATO LAUNCHES “OPERATION DELIVERATE FORCE” AGAINST BOSNIAN SERBS
  • IN 1999, LOU BEGA GOES TO #1 WITH “MAMBO #5”
  • IN 2004, THE 28TH OLYMPICS CLOSE IN GREECE
  • IN 2005, HURRICANE KATRINA TOUCHES LAND FOR THE SECOND TIME AND DESTROYS MUCH OF THE GULF COAST BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 1,836 DEATHS AND $115 BILLION
  • IN 2006, 325 LB RUSH LIMBAUGH BLAMES “THE LIBERAL LEFT” FOR THE OBESITY CRISIS
  • IN 2009, CHRISTIANO RONALDO MAKES HIS PLAYING DEBUT FOR REAL MADRID
  • IN 2011, LIL WAYNE RELEASED “THE CARTER IV”
  • IN 2012, THE VENOM FROM THE BANANA SPIDER IS FOUND AN EFFECTIVE CURE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
  • IN 2012, LANCE ARMSTRONG IS STRIPPED OF HIS SEVEN TOUR DE FRANCE TITLES
  • IN 2016, GENE WILDER DIES AT 83
  • IN 2017, HURRICANE HARVEY SETS A RECORD FOR THE MOST RAINFALL FROM ONE STORM WHEN IT DROPS 52 INCHES ON CEDAR BAYOU WHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS FLOOD RAVAGED AREAS IN NEARBY TEXAS

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