August 29


1886 – In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang’s chef invented chop suey.

1898 – The Goodyear Tire Company was founded.

1949 – A nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients at the University of Illinois.

1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record when he spoke against a civil rights bill for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

1958 – The United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, CO.

1965 – The Gemini V space craft, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.

1966 – The Beatles performed their last concert in front of fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1967 – The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired. It drew a record 72% share of the prime time audience.

1973 – President Nixon was ordered by Judge John Sirica to turn over the so-called Watergate tapes of conversations secretly recorded in the Oval Office. Nixon refused and appealed the order.

1977 – 3 people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis’ body. As a result his body was moved to Graceland.

1998 – Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people and causing over $108 billion in damages.

2007 – It’s revealed that Leona Helmsley, the billionaire real estate tycoon who died earlier in August, had left $12 million to her pet dog.



William Friedkin 1935 – Film director (“The French Connection”, “The Exorcist” “Cruising”, “To Live and Die in L.A.”, “Rules of Engagement”, “The Hunted”

John McCain 1936 – Prisoner of war in Vietnam from October 1967-1973, Senator from Arizona, Presidential nominee (lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election)

Elliott Gould 1938 – Actor (“M*A*S*H”, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, “Bugsy”, “Ocean’s 11”, “Ocean’s 12”, “Ocean’s 13”)

Robin Leach 1941 – Television host (TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”)

Deborah Van Valkenburgh 1952 – Actress (Placed Jackie Rush on TV’s “Too Close for Comfort”, movies “The Warriors”, “Road to Hell”)

Rebecca DeMornay 1959 – Actress (“Risky Business”, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”, “Guilty as Sin”, “Backdraft”)

Carla Gugino 1971 – Actress (TV’s “Entourage”, “Chicago Hope”, “Wayward Pines”, movies “Spy Kids”, “San Andreas”, “Sin City”, “Snake Eyes”)

Lea Michele 1986 – Actress (TV’s “Glee”)

Nicole Anderson 1990 – Actress (TV’s “J.O.N.A.S!”, movie “Mean Girls 2”)

Liam Payne 1993 – Singer (One Direction)



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