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What are the important events that happened on August 29? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 29 is the 242nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 124 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 16, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,472,428,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontadigon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 152 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,347 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 29 Historical Events

  • 1498
    Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Portugal.
  • 1655
    Warsaw falls without resistance to a small force under the command of Charles X Gustav of Sweden during The Deluge.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British and American forces battle indecisively at the Battle of Rhode Island.
  • 1950
    Korean War: British troops arrive in Korea to bolster the US presence there.
  • 1991
    Libero Grassi, an Italian businessman from Palermo is killed by the Mafia after taking a solitary stand against their extortion demands.

Who were born on August 29?

  • 1928
    Herbert Meier, Swiss writer
  • 1943
    Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist (d. 1996)
  • 1950
    Frank Henenlotter, American director
  • 1975
    Kyle Cook, guitarist, Matchbox 20
  • 1981
    Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), Australian actor

Who died on August 29?

  • 1123
    King Eystein I of Norway (b. c. 1088)
  • 1976
    Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (b. 1925)
  • 1987
    Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1990
    Manly Palmer Hall, Canadian writer and mystic (b. 1901)
  • 2000
    Shelagh Fraser, British actress (b. 1922)

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