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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, 24,540,480 minutes 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

  • 1835
    The city of Melbourne, Australia is founded.
  • 1842
    Treaty of Nanking signing ends the First Opium War.
  • 1922
    The first radio advertisement is broadcast on WEAF-AM in New York City.
  • 1943
    German-occupied Denmark scuttles most of its navy; Germany dissolves the Danish government.
  • 1944
    Slovak National Uprising takes place as 60,000 Slovak troops turn against the Nazis.

Who were born on August 29?

  • 1905
    Arndt Pekurinen, Finnish pacifist (d. 1941)
  • 1917
    Isabel Sanford, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1954
    Michael P. Kube-McDowell, American science fiction novelist
  • 1961
    Rodney McCray, American basketball player
  • 1967
    Jiří Růžek, Czech photographer

Who died on August 29?

  • 1093
    Hugh I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1057)
  • 1946
    Adolphus Busch III, American brewing magnate and President and CEO of the Anheuser-Busch Company (b. 1891)
  • 1976
    Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (b. 1899)
  • 1977
    Jean Hagen, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)

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