Holidays Calendar for August 29, 2016

Umhlanga, or Reed Dance is one of the best known cultural events in Swaziland. The festival lasts for 8 days and it's observed around the last week of August / the first week of September.

Slovak National Uprising Anniversary is one of the public holidays in Slovakia. This holiday commemorates the day, when the Slovaks rose up against Nazi Germany in 1944.

One of the public holidays in the Republic of the Philippines is National Heroes' Day. It honors all the country's heroes throughout its history. The holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in August to commemorate the beginning of the Philippine Revolution.


Annually thousands of Argentinians take their shovels and buckets full of water to participate in tree planting event, that is organized at the national level on August 29. Arbor Day is celebrated in Argentina since 1900.

Telugu is one of the six classical languages in India. It's spoken in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and in the union territory of Yanam. The holiday of Telugu Language Day is annually celebrated in India on August 29.

On August 29, Indians celebrate National Sports Day. The holiday was established to commemorate the birthday of Dhyan Chand, an Indian field hockey player considered to be one of the greatest field hockey players of all time.

August 29 is the National Lemon Juice Day. This is the perfect occasion to learn more about the benefits of lemon juice.

August 29 is one of the international UN observances, International Day against Nuclear Tests. This observance was established on December 2, 2009 by the UN General Assembly.

This Day in History

  • 2016 Died: Gene Wilder, American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author. He is best known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Mel Stuart's film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).
  • 2005 Much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle was devastated by hurricane Katrina. 1,836 people were killed and over $108 billion in damage was caused by the hurricane.
  • 2004 German racer Michael Schumacher beat a 47-year-old world record held by Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio, winning the 5th consecutive Formula One Drivers' championship.
  • 1996 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 en route from Moscow, Russia to Longyearbyen, Norway crashed into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen. All 141 people on board were killed.
  • 1989 Died: Peter Scott, British ornithologist, conservationist and painter. He is best remembered for his contribution to conservation of wild animals. He was one of the founders of the World Wide Fund for Nature and designed its logo with a panda.
  • 1986 Born: Lea Michele, American actress, singer and author, winner of two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series. Michele is best known to audience for performance as Rachel Berry on television series Glee.
  • 1982 The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, was first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany. It's calculated, that this element has similar properties to cobalt, rhodium and iridium.
  • 1977 Died: Jean Hagen, American actress, best known for the role as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain. This role brought her nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 1975 Died: Éamon de Valera, Irish educator and politician. He was one of the dominant political figures in the 20th century Ireland, serving as the 3rd President (from 1959 till 1973). De Valera was also a leader of struggle for independence from the United Kingdom and led to the introduction of the Constitution of Ireland.
  • 1966 The Beatles performed their last concert before the fans at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California. At that time the audience didn't known, that it was the last concert of the group, that is why it drew not much attention from the mass media.
  • 1958 Born: Michael Jackson, American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, often called the King of Pop. His contributions to music and dance and his much publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture.
  • 1949 The Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear weapons test, known as First Lightning (Joe 1), at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
  • 1946 Died: John Steuart Curry, American painter, noted for paintings depicting life in Kansas. His is considered to be one of the three great painters of American Regionalism of the first half of the 20th century.
  • 1939 Born: Joel Schumacher, American director, producer and screenwriter. He directed such notable films as The Lost Boys, St. Elmo's Fire, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, Batman & Robin, The Phantom of the Opera.
  • 1938 Born: Elliott Gould, American actor, best known for roles in M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye and California Split.
  • 1923 Born: Richard Attenborough, English actor, director and producer. His best known work was Gandhi, an epic biographical film dramatizing the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This film brought him four Golden Globe Awards and four BAFTA Awards. As an actor he is known for roles in The Great Escape, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.
  • 1920 Born: Charlie Parker, American jazz saxophonist and composer, known as a highly influential jazz soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop.
  • 1915 Born: Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress, winner of three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award and four Golder Globe Awards. She starred in many American films, including Casablanca, Notorius, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Joan of Arc.
  • 1910 The Japan-Korea Treaty came into force, thus officially starting the period of Japanese rule in Korea.
  • 1904 Born: Werner Forssmann, German physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for developing a procedure that allowed for cardiac catheterization.
  • 1898 American inventor Frank Seiberling founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Today this company is one the most recognizable advertising icons in America.
  • 1891 Died: Pierre Lallement, French inventor of the bicycle. His invention was inspired by a dandy horse, a human-powered vehicle, that became a forerunner of the first bicycle with a rotary crank mechanism and pedals.
  • 1885 German engineer Gottlieb Daimler patented the Reitwagen (riding wagon in English), that became the first motorcycle in the world.
  • 1865 Died: Robert Remak, Polish-born German embryologist, physiologist and neurologist. He is best known for introduction of modern terms for germ layers (ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm) and discovery that the origin of cells is the division of pre-existing cells.
  • 1862 Born: Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian playwright, poet and essayist. In 1911 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known masterpiece is a philosophical fairy play The Blue Bird.
  • 1831 Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction, the production of an electromotive force across a conductor when it's exposed to a varying magnetic field.
  • 1799 Died: Pope Pius VI, born Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi. His papacy lasted for over two decades, making his reign the fourth-longest in papal history. Pope Pius VI is remembered for condemnation of the French Revolution and the suppression of the Gallican Church.
  • 1780 Died: Jacques-Germain Soufflot, French architect, known as a person, who introduced neoclassicism. His most famous wok is a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve in Paris, France, that is now known as the Panthéon.
  • 1657 Died: John Lilburne, English activist, known for coining the term "freeborn rights". He defined the term as rights with which every human being is born, as opposed to rights bestowed by government of human law.
  • 1632 Born: John Locke, English philosopher and physician, who is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of Enlightenment and known as the Father of Classical Liberalism. His writings influenced the works of Rousseau, Voltaire and many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as American revolutionaries.
  • 1533 Died: Atahualpa, the last sovereign emperor of the Inca Empire before the Spanish contest. He was captured by the Spanish, who used him to control the empire. After his death the Inca Empire began to disintegrate.