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August 29: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 29

August 29th observes Chop Suey Day as well as More Herbs, Less Salt Day.

Welcome to the 241st day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 124 days until we reach the new year.

If you were born on August 29th, your star sign is Virgo.

We’re getting close to the end of the month, but until then let’s look at what makes today so special. Here you’re going to learn about some interesting facts about August 29th, as well as historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1854, Daniel Halladay patented the self-governing windmill? His invention would inadvertently go on to assist with the development of steam trains.

Keep reading for more facts about August 29th in history!

What Happened On August 29 In History?

1997

Netflix was founded on this day by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in California.

Originally Netflix was a DVD rental service and didn't become an online streaming platform until 2007.
1935

Rowntree’s introduced the famous Kit Kat featuring three layers of wafer cut into finger slices and surrounded by milk chocolate.

OTD in 1935: Rowntree's introduced the famous Kit Kat featuring three layers of wafer cut into finger slices and surrounded by milk chocolate.
1907

Quebec Bridge in St Lawrence, Canada collapsed after four years of construction.

On this day there were 86 works onsite and 75 were killed with the rest being injured. The instability of the infrastructure was known by Norman McLure, who tried to warn them, but sent the message by mail rather than telegraph.
1898

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was incorporated.

The first plant was bought for just $3,500 down-payment and the company has now made sales of more than $20 billion.
1885

Inventor Gottlieb Daimler filed for a patent for a two wheel “riding car”, or in other words “motorcycle.”

1864

Sir William Huggins discovered the spectrum of a planetary nebula at his observatory in Upper Tulse Hill in London, England.

1854

Daniel Halladay patented the self-governing windmill.

OTD in 1854: Daniel Halladay patented the self-governing windmill.
1831

Michael Faraday was credited for discovering electromagnetic induction on this day.

Electromagnetic induction is when the movement of magnets around a coil of wire is used to create an electrical current through the wire.
Source EDN.com
1782

British naval vessel HMS Royal George sank, and over 800 lives were lost.

While being docked in Portsmouth, England, the vessel was purposely rolled so maintenance could be carried out on the hull. However, the ship became out of control and started taking on water. Consequently, it sank, along with the crew on board.
708

The oldest Japanese coinage was minted.

The original copper currency was called "Wadōkaichin" and were round or square with a hole in the center.