August 29, 2022 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1526 Battle of Mohács: In a decisive battle the Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent

1825 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil

1842 Great Britain and China sign Treaty of Nanking, ending the Opium war

1862 Second Battle of Bull Run, fought in Manassas, Virginia begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)

1949 USSR performs its first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR

2005 Hurricane Katrina makes 2nd and 3rd landfall as a category 3 hurricane, devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.

Today’s Historical Events

708 Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).

1178 Anti-Pope Callistus III gives pope title to Alexander III

1261 Jacques Pantaleon elected as Pope Urban IV

1350 Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships

1475 Peace Treaty of Picquigny: King Louis XI buys English contacts

1484 Giovanni Battista Cibo elected as Pope Innocent VIII

1526 Battle of Mohács: In a decisive battle the Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent

1533 Atahualpalast Sapa Inca Emperor is suspected to have been buried in Northern Peru or in Ecuador

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1952 New York premiere of history-based film “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima”

1953 KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1967 Final TV episode of “The Fugitive” starring David Janssen watched by 78 million people

1969 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

1987 44th Venice Film Festival: “Au revoir les enfants” (“Goodbye, Children”) directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion

1988 45th Venice Film Festival: “The Legend of the Holy Drinker” directed by Ermanno Olmi wins Golden Lion

1992 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London

1997 Netflix is founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting in Scotts Valley, California as an online DVD rental business

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1958 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

1958 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single “Move It”, Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

1964 Stephen Sondheim‘s musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, starring Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 965 performances and 6 Tony Awards

1966 The Beatles’ last public concert before a crowd of 25,000, and 7,000 unsold seats, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

1977 Iggy Pop releases his second album “Lust for Life”, a collaboration with David Bowie

1982 Steve Miller’s single “Abracadabra” hits #1

1992 Irish rock band U2 plays the 1st of two sold-out nights at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NYC

1994 British band Oasis release their debut album “Definitely Maybe”, becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1882 Australia beat England by 7 runs – “Death of English cricket”

1882 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 (7-46 & 7-44) in one-off Test v England in London

1885 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0

1885 Boxing’s 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L. Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey

1889 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)

1895 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.

1906 US National Championship Men’s Tennis, Newport, RI: William Clothier beats defending champion Beals Wright 6-3, 6-0, 6-4

1908 US Open Men’s Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Fred McLeod defeats fellow Scot Willie Smith by 6 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title

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