1833 – ABOLiTiON of SLAVERY was legislated by the United Kingdom in its empire on the 29th day of August in 1833.
1862 – ANDREW FiSHER the 5th Prime Minister of Australia was born on the 29th day of August in 1862 (d. 1928).
1885 – GOTTLiEB DAiMLER patented the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, known as the Reitwagen (riding wagon) on the 29th day of August in 1885. Daimler is also known as “the father of the motorcycle” for this invention.
1898 – The GOODYEAR tyre company was founded on the 29th day of August in 1898.
1920 ~ CHARLiE PARKER aka Yardbird the American jazz saxophonist was born on the 29th day of August in 1920 (died 1955 aged 34).
1924 – DiNAH WASHiNGTON the American singer was born on the 29th day of August in 1924 (d. 1963).
1958 – LENNY HENRY the British comedian was born on the 29th day of August in 1958.
1958 – MiCHAEL JACKSON the American pop singer was born on the 29th day of August in 1958 (d. 2009). The video below features Michael Jackson performing Billie Jean at the Motown 25th Anniversary of Motown in 1983…
2005 – HURRiCANE KATRiNA devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast on the 29th day of August in 2005. Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,836 people, and caused $108 billion in damage, with winds reaching 175 mph (280 km/h). Most of eastern North America was affected by the hurricane, including Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana, Greater New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Panhandle.
2012 ~ HURRiCANE iSAAC battered New Orleans on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Isaac hit eastern North America, making landfall in southeast Louisiana, with top winds of more than 120km/h, on the 29th day of August, the exact day of the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Estimated damage of $2 billion.
1859 – Vittorio Sella the Italian photographer was born on the 28th day of August in 1859 (d. 1943).
1898 – Caleb Bradham invented the carbonated soft drink that later was named Pepsi-Cola,on the 28th day of August in 1898.
1917 – Jack Kirby the American writer and illustrator was born on the 28th day of August in 1917 (d. 1994).
1937 – Toyota Motors became an independent company on the 28th day of August in 1937.
1943 – David Soul the American-English actor and singer was born on the 28th day of August in 1943.
1953 – Nippon Television broadcasted Japan’s first television show, and first TV advertisement on the 28th day of August in 1953.
1961 – Kim Appleby the English singer and songwriter from Mel and Kim was born on the 28th day of August in 1961.
1963 ~ I Have a Dream speech was given by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 28th August 1963, for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. YouTube video: Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech: Martin Luther King’s Address at March in Washington, D.C. “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
1965 – Shania Twain the Canadian singer and songwriter was born on the 28th August 1965.
1845 ~ LUDWiG II of BAVARiA was born Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm on the 25th August 1845 (died 1886 aged 40). Ludwig II was the eccentric King of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death, and is sometimes called the Swan King, Der Märchenkönig, the Fairy Tale King, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria (Franconia & Swabia), and Mad King Ludwig. Ludwig’s younger brother and successor Otto of Bavaria was considered insane, thus the claim of hereditary madness when Ludwig was deposed on grounds of mental incapacity without any medical examination. His death remains controversial due to the mysterious circumstances under which he died. King Ludwig and the doctor assigned to him in captivity at Berg Castle on Lake Starnberg were both found dead in the lake in waist-high water, the doctor with unexplained injuries to the head and shoulders, on the morning after the day Ludwig was deposed.
“I wish to remain an eternal enigma to myself and to others.” ~ Ludwig II
Ludwig commissioned the construction of 2 extravagant palaces and a castle, the most famous being Neuschwanstein.King Ludwig left a great legacy of architecture, art and tourist income that has helped to make Bavaria the richest state in Germany.
1914 – World War I: The library of the Catholic University of Leuven was deliberately destroyed by the German Army on the 25th August 1914. Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable Gothic and Renaissance book volumes and manuscripts were lost.
1949 – John Savage the American actor was born on the 25th August 1949.
1949 ~ GENE SiMMONS the Israeli-American singer-songwriter and bass player from KiSS was born on the 25th August 1949. YouTube video: CNN interview: KISS’ Gene Simmons “I can’t sing!”: Kiss co-founder and Family Jewels star Gene Simmons talks about why he’s never done drugs and how he can’t sing..
1954 ~ ELViS COSTELLOthe English singer-songwriter and producer was born on the 25th August 1954. YouTube video: Elvis Costello ~ Oliver’s Army Promo Video (1979)..YouTube video below: ELViS COSTELLO ~ MTV UNPLUGGED (1991): Elvis Costello & The Rude 5 perform on MTV Unplugged in 1991. Only 5 of the songs made it to the broadcast version, because MTV apparently didn’t want to air a bunch of songs from his then-unreleased “covers” album, Kojak Variety. He begins with a fragment of “Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head” and then performs “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”, “So Like Candy / I Want You”, “The Other Side Of Summer”, “Must You Throw Dirt In My Face”, “Hidden Charms”, “Everybody’s Crying Mercy”, “Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)”, “Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4” and “Bama Lama Bama Loo.”
1958 – Tim Burton the American director, producer, and screenwriter was born on the 25th August 1958.
1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus the American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born on the 25th August 1961.
1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Saturn on the 25th August 1981.
1981 – Clare Oliver Australian activist was born on the 25th August 1981. Clare died on the 13th September 2007, aged 26. Clare’s own health crisis prompted her to become an activist, gaining wide media coverage for her campaign to raise awareness about the risks of using solariums excessively. Please visit www.ClareOliverMelanomaFund.org
0079 – Mount Vesuviuserupted on the 24th August in the year 79. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been challenged, with many scholars believing that the event occurred 2 months later on the 24th October).
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed on the 24th August 1456.
1891 – Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera on the 24th August 1891.
1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal on the 24th August 1909.
2013 ~ The Ghouta alleged chemical attacks on the 21st August 2013, with approximately 1300 people killed, when a series of alleged chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria occurred, although the Syrian government and Army deny that chemical attacks occurred. The Syrian government prevented United Nations investigators from reaching the sites of the attacks, despite their accommodations being only a few kilometers away.
1910 – The Great Fire of 1910 (aka the Big Blowup or the Big Burn) occurred on the 20th August 1910, in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana, burning approximately 3 million acres (12,000 km2).