700s / 8th century history on the 29th of August
708 : Japanese coinage (Wadōkaichin / 和同開珎) was minted for the first time, in copper, following the discovery of large copper deposits in Japan.
1700s / 18th century history on the 29th of August
1741 : The eruption of Oshima – Ōshima volcano and the Kampo tsunami, in Japan, resulted in the deaths of up to 2,033 people. The waves caused by the tsunami were estimated to be up to 90 meters in height.
1800s / 19th century history on the 29th of August
1831 : Michael Faraday discovered the principles underlying electromagnetic induction.
1869 : The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s 1st mountain-climbing cog railway, aka rack-and-pinion railway, was opened.
1898 : The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded, in Akron, Ohio, USA. Official website : goodyear.com
1900s / 20th century history on the 29th of August
1907 : The Quebec Bridge collapsed into the St. Lawrence River, during construction. The accident resulted in the deaths of 75 workers.
1915 : Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish actress, was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She died on her 67th birthday, on the 29th August in 1982, aged 67.
1965 : NASA’s Gemini V crewed spacecraft returned to Earth.
1966 : The Beatles performed their last concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, USA.
1958 : Michael Jackson, the American singer-songwriter and dancer, was born in Gary, Indiana, USA (died in 2009 aged 50). Official website : MichaelJackson.com
1958 : Sir Lenworth George Henry (CBE) aka Lenny Henry, the English comedian, was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England.
1959 : Rebecca De Mornay, the American actress, was born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California, USA.
1959 : Chris Hadfield (OC OOnt MSC CD) the Canadian Space Agency astronaut, was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Official website : ChrisHadfield.ca
1977 : Charlie Pickering, the Australian comedian and television host, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Official website : CharliePickering.com
1982 : Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish actress, died aged 67 (born in 1915).
1987 : Lee Marvin, the American actor, died aged 63 (born in 1924).
1996 : Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 Tupolev Tu-154 crashed into a mountain near Svalbard. The crash resulted in the deaths of all 141 people aboard the aircraft.
1997 : Netflix was launched in Scotts Valley, California, USA, for DVD sales and rental by mail. Official website : Netflix.com
2000s / 21st century history on the 29th of August
2001 : Graeme Strachan aka Shirley Strahan, the Australian singer – songwriter and television host, died in a self-piloted helicopter accident, aged 49. He was best known as the lead singer of the Skyhooks rock band from 1974 to 1994.
2005 : Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, resulting in the deaths of 1,836 people, and $125 billion in damages. It was the costliest tropical cyclone on record.
2016 : Gene Wilder, the American actor, died aged 83 (born in 1933).
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