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Today In History - August 29

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Today in History in 1862 the Second Battle of Bull Run occurred during the U.S. Civil War; in 1896 Chop Suey was invented in New York City by a chef for a visiting Chinese Ambassador; and in 1968 the first U.S. Open tennis match was played with Billie Jean King winning.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1533 - Francisco Pizarro orders death of last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa
  • 1640 - English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 1862 - 2nd Battle of Bull Run Va (Manassas) during US Civil War
  • 1889 - 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport RI)
  • 1896 - Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
  • 1898 - The Goodyear tire company is founded.
  • 1925 - After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice, Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him
  • 1929 - German airship Graf Zeppelin ends a round-the-world flight
  • 1929 - Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight
  • 1945 - Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan
  • 1958 - George Harrison joins The Quarrymen (Lennon-McCartney-Best-Sutcliffe)
  • 1964 - Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released
  • 1968 - 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1632 - John Locke, Wrington England, empiricist philosopher; disproved substance
  • 1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cambridge MA, physician/author (Old Ironsides)
  • 1862 - Maurice Maeterlinck, Ghent Belgium, poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), (d. 1949)
  • 1915 - Ingrid Bergman, Stockholm, actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower), (d. 1982)
  • 1938 - Elliott Gould, Queens NY, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • 1940 - James Brady, press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt)
  • 1958 - Michael Jackson, recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

Famous Weddings

  • 1885 - Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Age of Innocence) Edith Jones (23), marries Edward "Teddy" Wharton (36)
  • 1955 - "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)
  • 1964 - 46th US Vice President Dick Cheney (23) weds Lynne Ann Vincent (23) at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper in Wyoming
  • 1968 - Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral
  • 1993 - Actress Elke Sommer (52) weds Wolf Walther (46)
  • 1993 - Actress Marlee Matlin (28) weds Kevin Grandalski (28) in New York City
  • 1998 - "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham (30) weds Robb Vallier at First United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa
  • 2009 - Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

Famous Deaths

  • 29 - John the Baptist, beheaded
  • 1877 - Brigham Young, 2nd president of Mormon Church, dies of peritonitis at 76
  • 1931 - David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder
  • 1982 - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (Casablanca, Gaslight), dies on her 67th birthday
  • 1987 - Lee Marvin, actor (Cat Ballou, Gorky Park), dies in Tucson Ariz at 63

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