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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, 409,008 hours 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

  • 1756
    Frederick the Great attacks Saxony, beginning the Seven Years’ War.
  • 1869
    The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world’s first rack railway.
  • 1915
    US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in accident.
  • 1941
    Tallinn, the Capital of Estonia is occupied by Nazi Germany following an occupation by the Soviet Union.
  • 1982
    The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.

Who were born on August 29?

  • 1632
    John Locke, English philosopher (d. 1704)
  • 1811
    Henry Bergh, founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (d. 1888)
  • 1913
    Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1999)
  • 1942
    James Glennon, American cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • 1987
    Tony Kane, Irish footballer

Who died on August 29?

  • 1395
    Duke Albert III of Austria (b. 1349)
  • 1891
    Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle (b. 1843)
  • 1930
    William Archibald Spooner, English writer (b. 1844)
  • 1976
    Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (b. 1925)
  • 1977
    Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver (b. 1945)

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