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On this day in history - August 29

What Happened On This Day – August 29

  • 1988 Abdul Mohmand becomes the first person from Afghanistan to Visit Space

    Mohmand, an Afghan Air Force pilot was a crew member of the Soyuz TM-6, a Soviet spacecraft. He was in space for 9 days, which were spent at the Mir Space Station.

  • 1982 Meitnerium is Synthesized for the First time

    The radioactive synthetic element with an atomic number of 109 and the symbol Mt was first created at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Darmstadt, Germany. Named after Austrian physicist and discoverer of nuclear fission, Lise Meitner, the element, which is not found naturally, was discovered by a team headed by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Münzenberg.

  • 1966 Beatles’ Last Commercial Performance

    Popular British rock group, the Beatles, played their last live concert in front of a paying public at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The band came together one last time for an unannounced performance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building in London.

  • 1949 Soviet Union Tests its First Atomic Bomb

    Code named Izdeliye 501 or First Lightening, the 22 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan. It is thought that the bomb was a replica of the Fat Man bomb, the plans for which were brought to USSR by spies at the Manhattan project. The US called the Soviet bomb, Joe-1.

  • 1831 Michael Faraday Discovers Electromagnetic Induction

    Michael Faraday experimentally demonstrated that a changing magnetic field can induce a voltage in a conductor. The discovery of electromagnetic induction helped in the creation of electric generators, transformers, and even induction cook tops. An English scientist, Faraday was a prolific researcher and inventor. In addition to discovering electromagnetic induction, he also discovered Benzene and electrolysis. The farad, an International System of Units (SI) measurement of a capacitance – the ability of an object to hold an electric charge was named after Faraday.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 29

  • 1958 Michael Jackson

    American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, actor

  • 1936 John McCain

    American politician

  • 1923 Richard Attenborough

    English director

  • 1915 Ingrid Bergman

    Swedish actress

  • 1632 John Locke

    English philosopher, physician

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
August 29

  • 1982 Ingrid Bergman

    Swedish actress

  • 1976 Kazi Nazrul Islam

    Indian flute player, poet

  • 1975 Éamon de Valera

    Irish politician, 3rd President of Ireland

  • 1966 Sayyid Qutb

    Egyptian theorist, author, poet

  • 1877 Brigham Young

    American religious leader 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of