Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About August 29

August 29, 2016 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.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

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.

What Happened On August 29

  • 1475
    The Treaty of Picquigny ends a brief war between France and England.
  • 1521
    The Ottoman Turks capture Nándorfehérvár, now known as Belgrade.
  • 1825
    Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil.
  • 1835
    The city of Melbourne, Australia is founded.
  • 1869
    The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world’s first rack railway.
  • 1907
    The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.
  • 1943
    German-occupied Denmark scuttles most of its navy; Germany dissolves the Danish government.
  • 1966
    The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • 1970
    Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, East Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar.
  • 1991
    Libero Grassi, an Italian businessman from Palermo is killed by the Mafia after taking a solitary stand against their extortion demands.

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