29th August: Historic events that you should know! 

What all happened on this day?

Everything that happened on 29 August is highlighted in the blog below. What were the major events and challenges of this day? Who all people gave their contribution?

History – International


2013 – United States Fast Food Workers Strike

On August 29, 2013, Hundreds of fast-food workers went on strike in several US cities demanding an increase of wages to about $15.00 an hour.

2003 – Terrorist Bombing in Najaf, Iraq

On August 29, 2003, a car was exploded close to a mosque in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, killing 80 people and injuring other 100, among those killed was Ayatollah Hakim a leading Shia Muslim politician.

1907 – Quebec Bridge Collapsed

On August 29, 1907, The Quebec Bridge, the longest cantilever bridge in the world, collapsed during construction, killing 75 workers out of 86.

1996 – Flight Crashed in Norway

On August 29, 1996, Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Tupolev Tu-154, an international charter flight crashed into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, Norway, killing all 141 people on board.

1901 – First U.S. submarine sank

On August 29, 1901, US States Navy F-class submarine, F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in an accident in 300 feet of water less than two miles from Honolulu Harbor. 

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Births – International

Composer Lehman Engel

On August 29, 1910, Lehman Engel, an American composer and conductor was born. He worked in Broadway musicals, television and film.

Novelist Steve Yarbrough

On August 29, 1956, Steve Yarbrough, an American novelist and academic was born. He won the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Fiction and many other accolades.

Cricketer Alfred Shaw

On August 29, 1842, Alfred Shaw, a Victorian cricketer and rugby footballer was born. He bowled the first ball in Test cricket and was the first one to take five wickets in a Test inning.

Actor George Montgomery

On August 29, 1916, George Montgomery, an American actor, painter, director, producer, writer, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman was born. He is honoured with a statue in the square of Plentywood, Montana.

Singer Dinah Washington

On August 29, 1924, Dinah Washington, an American singer, a jazz vocalist and pianist was born. She was known as the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s and won many accolades.

History – Indian


2018 – Monk arrested for Sexual Abuse

On August 29, 2018, Indian police arrested Bangladeshi monk Bhante Sangh Priya on suspicion of sexually abusing 15 children at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist shelter and meditation centre in Bihar state.

2012 – Kasab Death Sentenced

On August 29, 2012, India’s Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammed Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.

2011 – Airplane Skids off Runaway in India

On August 29, 2011, seven passengers were injured when a Gulf The aeroplane skidded off the runway when landing at Kochi airport in India.

2007 – Curfew in Agra

On August 29, 2007, the world-famous Taj Mahal was closed for tourists after officials in the city of Agra imposed a curfew following rioting leaving 1 person dead and 50 injured.

1997 – Fear of Ethnic Forces in Kenya

On August 29, 1997, In Kenya, thousands fled from the Indian Ocean coast in Kwale district in fear of ethnic violence and attacks from government security forces.

Births – Indian

Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna

On August 29, 1959, Akkineni Nagarjuna, an Indian actor, producer, television presenter and entrepreneur was born. He won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and many other accolades.

Actor Vishal

On August 29, 1977, Vishal, an Indian film actor and producer was born. He is best known for his roles in action films and produced films under his production company, Vishal Film Factory.

Novelist Dhirendra Mehta

On August 29, 1944, Dhirendra Mehta, a Gujrati novelist, poet, literary critic, children’s writer and editor was born. He received the 2010 Sahitya Akademi Award.

Cricketer Varun Chakravarthy

On August 29, 1991, Varun Chakravarthy, an Indian cricketer was born. He was the leading wicket-taker for Tamil Nadu in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy and his first over went for 25 runs, the highest number of runs conceded by a bowler on debut in the IPL.

Singer Richa Sharma

On August 29, 1974, Richa Sharma, an Indian film playback singer and devotional singer was born. She won Bollywood Movie Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Zee Cine Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

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