Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 29
This is a list of selected August 29 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1756 – As neighboring countries began conspiring against him, Frederick II of Prussia launched a preemptive invasion of Saxony, starting the Seven Years' War.||refimprove section, needs more footnotes|
|1882 – Australia defeated England by seven runs in a Test match at the Oval in London, beginning the Ashes, one of international cricket's most celebrated rivalries.||refimprove section|
|1907 – The Quebec Bridge, currently the longest cantilever bridge span in the world at 549 m (1800 ft) connecting Quebec City and Lévis, Quebec, Canada, across the Saint Lawrence River, collapsed during construction, killing 75 workers.||unreferenced section|
|1944 – World War II: Slovak troops turned against the pro-Nazi government of Jozef Tiso and the German Wehrmacht, starting the two-month long Slovak National Uprising.||needs more footnotes|
|1958 – The United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado.||refimprove section, unreferenced section|
- 1526 – Ottoman–Hungarian Wars: Louis II, the last Jagiellonian king of Hungary and Bohemia, died after his army was defeated by Ottoman forces led by Suleiman the Magnificent at the Battle of Mohács.
- 1786 – Led by Daniel Shays, disgruntled farmers in Western Massachusetts, US, angered by high tax burdens and disenfranchisement, started Shays' Rebellion.
- 1842 – The Treaty of Nanking, an unequal treaty ending the First Opium War, was signed, forcing the Chinese Qing dynasty to give control of the island that is now the site of Hong Kong, and other concessions to the British.
- 1903 – The Russian battleship Slava, the last of the five Borodino-class battleships, was launched.
- 1911 – The last member of the Yahi, known as Ishi, emerged from the wilderness near Oroville, California, to join European American society.
- 1930 – The last 36 residents of St Kilda, Scotland, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural and cultural qualities, voluntarily evacuated to Morvern.
- 1949 – The Soviet Union successfully conducted its first nuclear weapons test, exploding the 22-kiloton RDS-1.
- 1984 – Followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh deliberately contaminated salad bars in The Dalles, Oregon with salmonella, the first and single largest bioterrorist attack in United States history.
- 2005 – Storm surges of Hurricane Katrina caused multiple breaches in levees around New Orleans, flooding about 80% of the city and surrounding areas for weeks.
- 2007 – Six nuclear warheads were alleged to have been mistakenly loaded onto a United States Air Force heavy bomber that flew from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
- 1831 – Michael Faraday (pictured) discovered electromagnetic induction, leading to the formation of his law of induction.
- 1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patented the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
- 1916 – The United States Congress passed the Philippine Autonomy Act, the first formal and official declaration of the US commitment to grant independence to the Philippines.
- 1991 – Italian businessman Libero Grassi was killed by the Sicilian Mafia after taking a public stand against their extortion demands.
- 1996 – Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 crashed on approach to Svalbard Airport, Norway, killing all 141 aboard.