ON THIS DAY: August 29, 2016

August 29th is

No More Nuclear Tests

Individual Rights Day *

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

According to Hoyle Day *

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day *

U.N. International Day Against Nuclear Tests *



Summer Bank Holiday in Gibraltar, Guernsey and Alderney, Isle of Man, Jersey, Saint Helena, and United Kingdom

Finland – Helsinki:international Flags
The Helsinki Festival

Malta – Martyrdom of St. John

Philippines – Araw rig mga Bayani
(Heroes Day)

Slovakia – Slovak Uprising Day

United States –
Chicago: Ravinia Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

708 –  Coins are minted from copper in Japan for the first time

1533 – Francisco Pizarro orders the killing of Atahualpa, last Incan King of Peru

1632 – John Locke born, English philosopher and physician, “Father of Liberalism,” whose writings have a major influence on the U.S. Declaration of Independence.  Individual Rights Day * is on August 29 in honor of his ideas

John Locke - right to own person

MORE! Edmond Hoyle, Atomic bombs ‘n’ bans, and soul man Isaac Hayes

1758 – First American Indian reservation established at Indian Mills, NJ

1769 – Edmond Hoyle, author of A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist, and arbiter of rules for card and board games, dies – “According to Hoyle” Day * honors his memory

Hoyle Book of Games

1786 – Shay’s Rebellion, armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers protesting high debt and tax burdens

1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction

1833 – British Factory Act passed, restricting work for women and 13-to-18-year-olds to 10 hour days

1842 – China and Great Britain sign Treaty of Nanking, ending the first Opium War, increasing ports open to foreign trade, and ceding Hong Kong as a crown colony

1869 – Mount Washington NH Cog Railway opens, first mountain-climbing railway

Mt Washington Cog Railway

1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents the Reitwagen, first internal combustion motorcycle

1911 – Ishi, considered last Native American to make contact with Europeans Americans, emerges from the northeastern California wilderness

1916 – U.S. passes the Philippine Autonomy Act

1926 – Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler is born in Greece, historian, first woman Principal of the Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in its 700 year history

1930 – The last 36 inhabitants of Saint Kilda are evacuated to other parts of Scotland

Islanders leaving St Kilda 1930

1949 – Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, First Lightning, in Kazakhstan. The same day University of Illinois treats cancer patients for first time with nuclear device

1958 – U.S. Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs CO

1964 – Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” released, becomes #1 hit in U.S. and U.K.

1965 – NASA’s Gemini V spacecraft splashes down in the Atlantic after 8 days in space

1966 – The Beatles last commercial concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

1970 – During Chicano Moratorium demonstration against the Vietnam War,  journalist Rubén Salazar and two others are killed when police riot

1984 – Prince releases single “Let’s Go Crazy”

1991 – President Bush proclaims the first National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day. * This inflammatory disease causes lumps of abnormal cells called granulomas, frequently in  skin, but can affect any organ. Cause unknown, no known cure, many cases clear up unaided, mortality rate low, except if major organs affected, like pulmonary sarcoidosis

1992 – U.N. Security Council agrees to send troops to Somalia to guard food shipments

1996 – Isaac Hayes sends letter to Bob Dole, demanding his presidential campaign stop using the Hayes song “Soul Man” with lyrics changed to “I’m a Dole Man”

2004 – India test-launches missile capable of carrying one-ton nuclear warhead

2005 – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall along Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Florida, killing over 1800 people, and causing over $115 billion in damages

2009 – U.N. General Assembly resolution 64/35 designates August 29 as International Day against Nuclear Tests *

Bikini Atoll_Test_Baker



  • Quote from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • International flags
  • John Locke with quote
  • Reproduction of Hoyle book
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway
  • Last evacuees leaving Saint Kilda Island
  • Nuclear Test Baker at Bikini Atoll, 1946


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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