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.

Celebrity Birthdays

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

TGL Round-Up: Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Create New Show, Quincy Jones Awarded $9 Million From Michael Jackson Estate, Curb Your Enthusiasm Announces Guest Star


Showtime has ordered a Boston-focused pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.”

The pilot will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”), who will serve as executive producer along with James Mangold (“Logan”) and Jennifer Todd (“Memento”) of Pearl Street Films.

Quincy Jones was awarded $9.4 million by a Los Angeles jury Wednesday in a trial over royalties and production fees from the recordings he made with Michael Jackson, the Associated Press reported.

Jones had sought $30 million in his suit, which he filed in 2013. Michael Jackson’s estate had countered that the producer was owed $392,000.

The upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has announced the stars guest starring.

Previous guest stars Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen will be returning and Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Ed Begley Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Nick Offerman, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins are amongst the new guest stars on the show.

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm will premiere on October 1st on HBO.