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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Happy Birthday, Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)

241st day of 2014, 124 remaining

  • Sunrise 6:38am
  • Sunset 7:44pm
  • Moonrise 10:27am, 9% visible
  • Moonset 9:49pm

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 2:16am/2:45pm   
  • Low 8:02am/8:44pm

Special celebrations today include...

  • Slovak National Uprising Day – Slovakia
  • National College Colors Day
  • Individual Rights Day
  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
  • National Whiskey Sour Day

On this day in...

  • 1828 - A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.
  • 1833 - The "Factory Act" was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
  • 1842 - The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
  • 1885 - The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds.
  • 1886 - In New York City, Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang's chef invented chop suey.
  • 1892 - Pop (Billy) Shriver (Chicago Cubs) caught a ball that was dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
  • 1944 - During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris.
  • 1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
  • 1949 - At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
  • 1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
  • 1962 - The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
  • 1965 - Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
  • 1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to hit 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.
  • 1977 - Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years.
  • 1983 - Two U.S. marines were killed in Lebanon by the militia group Amal when they fired mortar shells at the Beirut airport.
  • 1983 - The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.
  • 1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
  • 1991 - The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party's role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 1991 - The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union.
  • 1992 - The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food.
  • 1994 - Mario Lemieux announced that he would be taking a medical leave of absence due to fatigue, an aftereffect of his 1993 radiation treatments. He would sit out the National Hockey Leagues (NHL) 1994-95 season.
  • 1998 - Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.
  • 2004 - India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

Birthday celebrants today include (or included)...

  • John Locke 1632
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809
  • Preston Sturges 1898
  • Barry Sullivan 1912
  • Ingrid Bergman 1915
  • George Montgomery 1916
  • Isabel Sanford 1917
  • Charles White 1920
  • Charlie "Bird" Parker 1920
  • Wendell Scott 1921
  • Sir Richard Attenborough 1923
  • Dinah Washington 1924
  • Dick O'Neill 1928
  • Elliott Gould 1938
  • William Friedkin 1939
  • Ellen Geer 1941
  • Robin Leach 1941
  • Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground) 1942
  • Deborah Van Valkenburgh 1952