On This Day — August 29th
August 29th is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 124 days remaining until the end of the year.
1350 – Hundred Years’ War: Led by King Edward III, an English fleet of 50 ships captured at least 14 Castilian ships and sank several more in the Battle of Winchelsea.
1786 – Led by Daniel Shays, disgruntled farmers in Western Massachusetts, U.S., angered by high tax burdens and disenfranchisement, started Shays’ Rebellion.
1842 – Britain and China signed the Treaty of Nanking, an “unequal treaty” to end the First Opium War, in which the island that is now the site of Hong Kong was ceded to Britain.
1949 – The Soviet Union successfully conducted its first nuclear weapons test, exploding the 22-kiloton RDS-1.
1991 – Italian businessman Libero Grassi was killed by the Sicilian Mafia after taking a public stand against their extortion demands.
John McCain would have turned 82
Michael Jackson would have turned 60
Glee’s Lea Michele turns 32
One Direction’s Liam Payne turns 25