ON THIS DAY: August 29, 2017

August 29th is

According to Hoyle Day *

Chop Suey Day

Individual Rights Day *

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

U.N. International Day Against Nuclear Tests *


MORE! Edmond Hoyle, Ingrid Bergman and Isaac Hayes, click



Abkhazia – Recognition Day

Finland – Helsinki:
The Helsinki Arts Festival

Malta – Martyrdom of St. John

Nepal – Gaura Parba
(Festival of Gauri, Shiva’s Wife)

Slovakia – Slovak Uprising Day


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

1619 – Jean-Baptiste Colbert born, French secretary under King Louis XlV

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 set on August 29 in his honor

1728 – Maria Ana Sophia of Saxony born; as the wife of Maximillian III Joseph, she becomes Electress of Bavaria, and negotiates with Frederick II of Prussia to ensure Bavaria’s independence from Austria

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

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

1780 – Jean-Auguste Ingres born, French Neoclassical painter

Princess de Broglie by Ingres c.1852

1809 – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. born, American physician, poet, essayist and humorist

1815 – Anna Ella Carroll born, American reformer, anti-slavery pamphleteer and lobbyist after freeing her own slaves in 1860; using the pen-name ‘Hancock,’ published articles in the National Intelligencer; ably defended Lincoln in print at the start of the Civil War against arguments that he acted in violation of the Constitution by suspending writ of habeas corpus, imposing martial law, and the naval blockade. She acted as an inoffical Union agent in St. Louis, gathering intelligence from riverboat captains which probably influenced changing the main invasion routes of the Union from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers 

1824 – Eliza Allen Starr born, American artist, art critic and educator, noted for books
on Catholic art

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, China expands ports open to foreign trade, and cedes Hong Kong as a crown colony

1848 – Albert Bartholome born, French sculptor; designer of the Croix de guerre

1862 – Maurice Maeterlinck born, Belgian poet, playwright and essayist; 1911 Nobel Prize; noted for L’Oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird)

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

1871 –  Florine Stettheimer born, American painter, designer and poet; hosted a salon in Manhattan where she exhibited her work; Crystal Flowers, a book of poetry, was published posthumously by her sister

Family Portrait II, by Florine Stettheimer – 1930s (artist shows self standing on far left) 

1876 – Charles Kettering born, American automotive engineer; founder of Delco

1880 – Elisabeth Irwin born, American educator, psychologist and reformer, founder of the Little Red School House, a progressive school in New York City

1881 – Edvin Kallstenius born, Swedish composer

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

1898 – Preston Sturges born, American film director, screenwriter and playwright; The Lady EveSullivan’s Travels

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

1915 –  Ingrid Bergman born, Swedish actress, American film star; winner, three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and a Tony Award

1916 – U.S. passes the Philippine Autonomy Act

1920 – Charlie Parker born, American jazz saxophonist and composer

1924 – Consuelo Velázquez born, Mexican concert pianist, and songwriter/lyricist of many popular songs including Bésame mucho

1924 – Dinah Washington born, American jazz and blues singer and pianist

1926 – Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler born in Greece, historian, first woman Principal of the Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in its 700 year history; UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; member of the British Academy and the Academy of Athens

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

1933 – Jehan Sadat born, teacher, former Egyptian First Lady, married to Anwar Sadat, instrumental in reforming Egypt’s civil rights laws and laws giving rights to women,  headed the Egyptian delegation to UN International Women’s Conferences

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

1958 – Michael Jackson born, American Pop Singer

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 – The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution

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 *


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 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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