August 29 in Pop Culture History

August 29th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 29th History Highlights

  • 29 – The martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist at the order of King Herod.
  • 1839 – The ship Amistad was seized by abducted African slaves. After capture and imprisonment, they were declared free by the United States Supreme Court on March 9, 1841.
  • 1967 – The Fugitive finale, on ABC, starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, was the most-watched program of all time, until the 1980 series Dallas “who shot J.R. episode aired.
  • 1991 – The Soviet Communist Party suspended all activities.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Latrina struck the Gulf Coast, damaging over 90,000 acres, costing $200 Billion in damages, and the loss of thousands of people.
  • If you were born on August 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 6th (prior year)

According to (Edmond) Hoyle Day

In 1751, Edmond Hoyle published “A Short Trait on the Game of Prague,” which described rules for showing, winning, and losing certain hands dealt. Doyle’s “short treatise, game, and whist” not only contained rules but also gave many insights into the winning possibilities. When there was a dispute over the rules of a deck of cards, it was often referred to as the last resort. Hoyle’s book became so popular that rules for cards, table and board games became known as Hoyle books. Finally, in 1761, he published “Easy to make a game of chess, easy to learn when you know the moves, only and with the help of a master”.

August 29th is…

According to Hoyle Day
Chop Suey Day
Lemon Juice Day
More Herbs Less Salt Day
Whiskey Sour Day

August 29th Birthday Quotes

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.”
– John Locke

“If there’s anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving – go for it. I was told many times to forget show business – I had nothing going for me. But I pursued it, anyway. Voila!”
– Isabel Sanford

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.”
– Charlie Parker

“Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.”
– Robin Leach

“You have to fire yourself as the writer when you direct something you’ve written. You have to fire yourself, or else you get precious about what you’ve written. You’ve got to open up and let the actors in, and re-conceive a lot of things.”
– Joel Schumacher

“I try to be cool, but I’m not very good at it.”
– Liam Payne

August 29th Birthdays

1632 – John Locke, English physician, and philosopher (died in 1704)
1809 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., American physician and author (died in 1894)
1861 – Byron G. Harlan, American singer (died in 1936)
1912 – Barry Sullivan, American actor (died in 1994)
1915 – Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (died in 1982)
1917 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (died in 2004)
1920 – Charlie Parker, American saxophonist, and composer (died in 1955)
1920 – Otis Boykin, American inventor (died in 1982)
1922 – Richard Blackwell, American fashion designer, and critic (died in 2008)
1923 – Richard Attenborough, English actor, and director (died in 2014)
1936 – John McCain, American soldier, and politician (died in 2018)
1938 – Elliott Gould, American actor
1939 – Joel Schumacher, American director, and producer
1941 – Robin Leach, English journalist and television host (died in 2018)
1959 – Rebecca De Mornay, American actress
1971 – Carla Gugino, American actress
1986 – Hajime Isayama, Japanese manga illustrator
1986 – Lea Michele, American actress
1993 – Liam Payne, English singer-songwriter

August 29th History

1758 – The first American Indian reservation was established, at Indian Mills, New Jersey.

1831 – Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction, opening the door to electric generators.

1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patented the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.

1896 – Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang’s chef is credited with inventing Chop Suey.

1898 – The Goodyear tire company was founded.

1922 – The first radio advertisement (for an apartment complex) was broadcast on WEAF-AM in New York City.

1949 – The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.

1958 – United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1966 – The Beatles performed their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1967 – 1967 – ABC’s The Fugitive finale (part 2) was one of the most-watched episodes of the decade. Narrator William Conrad stated, “Tuesday, August 29th: The day the running stopped.”
A book in Canada, where it aired a week later, was titled: Tuesday, September 5th: The day the running stopped.

1970 – #1 Hit August 29, 1970 – September 18, 1970: Edwin Starr – War

1982 – The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, was first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.

1987 – #1 Hit August 29, 1987 – September 18, 1987: Los Lobos – La Bamba

1991 – Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union ended all activities of the Soviet Communist Party.

2005 (Hurricane) Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The more I learn, the more I learn than I didn’t learn anything. Screw you, knowledge.

Is the S or C silent in Scent? Yes. Because of science. #science

You share your birthday with 9 million others in the world.

Baby Face Nelson – Real Name: Lester Gillis

Although it’s only 2% of our body weight, the brain uses 20% of the calories we take in.

Experience is life’s consolation prize.

At the top of a hill was probably the worst place for Jack and Jill to search for water.

A loophole was originally a narrow slit window in a castle wall from which castle defenders fired arrows at attackers.

What if Stacey’s mom was also Jesse’s girl? #goodfriendofmine #gotitgoinon

An average cloud weighs 216 thousand pounds.

The first film to have a sequel was “King Kong”, with 1933’s “Son of Kong”.

Mark Twain’s cats were named Sour Mash, Sin, Apollinaris, Beelzebub, Buffalo Bill, Zoroaster, Blatherskite, and Satan.

Isn’t it great how the word for ‘characterized by long, fancy, ornate words’ is ‘sesquipedalian’?

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