Historical Events on August 29
- 1778: At the Battle of Rhode Island during the American Revolutionary War, American and British forces come to a stalemate.
- 1786: An armed insurrection of Massachusetts farmers begins in response to high taxes imposed on them. This insurrection is called Shays’ Rebellion.
- 1825: Portugal recognizes Brazil as an independent country.
- 1831: Electromagnetic induction is discovered by Michael Faraday.
- 1842: The First Opium War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Nanking.
- 1861: Forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina are captured by the United States Navy during the American Civil War.
- 1885: The first internal-combustion motorcycle – the Reitwagen – is patented by Gottlieb Daimler.
- 1898: The tire company known as Goodyear is founded on this day.
- 1941: The Estonian capital called Tallinn is occupied by Nazi Germany.
- 1943: Germany dissolves the Danish government and scuttles Denmark’s navy.
- 1944: 60,000 Slovak troops revolt against the Nazis in what is now known as the Slovak National Uprising.
- 1946: The USS Nevada is decommissioned.
- 1950: British troops bolster the United States in Korea during the Korean War.
- 1958: The U.S Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- 1965: Gemini V returns to Earth – splash landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Famous Birthdays on August 29
- American race-car driver Gary Gabelich is born in 1940.
- English television host Robin Leach is born in 1941.
- American cinematographer James Glennon is born in 1942.
- German actor Gottfried John is born in 1942.
- Canadian astrophysicist and Nobel Prize Laureate Arthur B. McDonald is born in 1943.
- American wrestler and actor Stan Hansen is born in 1949.
- American poet and author Karen Hesse is born in 1952.
- French motorcycle racer Olivier Jacque is born in 1973.
- Irish footballer Stephen Carr is born in 1976.
- English businessman Phil Harvey is born in 1976.
- American singer and actress Lea Michele is born in 1986.
- Polish footballer Tony Kane is born in 1987.
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