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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

  • 1831
    Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.
  • 1916
    The United States passes the Philippine Autonomy Act.
  • 1930
    The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland.
  • 1943
    German-occupied Denmark scuttles most of its navy; Germany dissolves the Danish government.
  • 2007
    2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident: six US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.

Who were born on August 29?

  • 1619
    Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French minister of finance (d. 1683)
  • 1912
    Sohn Kee-chung, Korean runner (d. 2002)
  • 1930
    Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive (d. 2006)
  • 1959
    Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor
  • 1962
    Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese composer

Who died on August 29?

  • 1657
    John Lilburne, English dissenter (b. 1614)
  • 1951
    Sydney Chapman, British economist and civil servant (b. 1871)
  • 1971
    Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr., American convicted murderer (Leopold and Loeb) (b. 1904)
  • 1977
    Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver (b. 1945)
  • 1992
    Teddy Turner, English comedian (b. 1917)

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