Today in History - August 29

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70        Aug 29, The Temple of Jerusalem burned after a nine-month Roman siege. The Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by Rome’s 10th Legion and the Jews there were exiled. In the Jewish War the Israelites tried unsuccessfully to revolt against Roman rule. The destruction buried the shops that lined the main street. Archeologists in 1996 found numerous artifacts that included bronze coins called prutot. Carpenters from Israel’s Antiquities Authority used manuscripts of the Roman master builder Vitruvius to reconstruct contraptions used in the construction of the temple. In 2007 Martin Goodman authored “Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations."
    (SFC, 5/23/95, p.A-10)(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A10)(WSJ, 6/22/98, p.A20)(HN, 8/29/98)(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.T11)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.90)

284        Aug 29, Gen Gaius Aurelius V Diocletianus Jovius (3) became emperor of Rome. Reign of Diocletian (Era of Martyrs), began.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

886        Aug 29, Basilius I, the Macedonian, Byzantine emperor (867-886), died.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1178        Aug 29, Anti-Pope Callistus III gave pope title to Alexander III.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1387        Aug 29, Henry V, king of England (1413-22) / France (1416-19), was born. [see Aug 9]
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1484        Aug 29, Cardinal Cibo was crowned as Pope Innocent VIII.

1526        Aug 29, Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushed a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.
    (HN, 8/29/98)

1533        Aug 29, Francisco Pizarro captured Cuzco and completed his conquest of Peru. He ordered the imprisonment and murder of Atahualpa, the last ruler of the Inca Empire. Atahualpa was executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom. Ruminahui (Rumanahui), a general of Atahualpa, led 15,000 soldiers into the mountains north of Quito, after Pizarro killed the Inca emperor Atahualpa. His forces carried an estimated 70,000 man-loads of gold.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.14)(AP, 8/29/97) (SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A15)(HN, 8/29/98)

1561        Aug 29, Bartholomeus Pitiscus, German mathematician (Trigonometry), was born.
    (MC, 8/29/01)   

1632        Aug 29, English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset, England. The philosopher of liberalism influenced the American founding fathers and was famous for his treatise "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding." It was he who stated that the child is born with a tabula rasa, a blank state. On it, he said, experience wrote words, and thus knowledge and understanding came about, through the interplay of the senses and all that they perceived. "New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."
    (V.D.-H.K.p.64,219)(AP, 8/4/97)(AP, 8/29/97)(HN, 8/29/98)

1640        Aug 29, English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1655        Aug 29, Swedish king Karel X Gustaaf occupied Warsaw.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1661        Aug 29, Louis Couperin (b.1626), French composer, died.

1664        Aug 29, Adriaen Pieck/Gerrit de Ferry patented a wooden firespout in Amsterdam.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1708        Aug 29, French Canadian and Indian forces attacked the village of Haverhill, Mass., killing 16 settlers.
    (AP, 8/29/08)

1742        Aug 29, Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1758        Aug 29, New Jersey Legislature formed the 1st Indian reservation.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1769        Aug 29, Edmond Hoyle (b.1672), English games expert, died.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1776        Aug 29, General George Washington retreated during the night from Long Island to New York City.
    (HN, 8/29/98)
1776        Aug 29, Americans withdrew from Manhattan to Westchester.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1780        Aug 29, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (d.1867), French painter, was born. His work included the "Portrait of Monsieur de Norvins" and "Valpincon Bather."
    (WUD, 1994, p.731)(WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A11)(MC, 8/29/01)

1786        Aug 29, Shay’s Rebellion began in Springfield, Mass. Daniel Shay led a rebellion in Massachusetts to protest the seizure of property for the non-payment of debt. Shay was a Revolutionary War veteran who led a short-lived insurrection in western Massachusetts to protest a tax increase that had to be paid in cash, a hardship for veteran farmers who relied on barter and didn‘t own enough land to vote. The taxes were to pay off the debts from the Revolutionary War, and those who couldn‘t pay were evicted or sent to prison.  [see Jan 25, 1787]
    (HNQ, 7/6/00)(

1792        Aug 29, The English warship Royal George capsized in Spithead and 900 people were killed.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1793        Aug 29, Slavery was abolished in the French colony of Santo Domingo (Haiti).
    (HN, 8/29/98)(MC, 8/29/01)

1799            Aug 29, Pope Pius VI (b.1717) died in Valence, France.

1809        Aug 29, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., poet, essayist and father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was born.
    (HN, 8/29/98)

1810        Aug 29, Juan Bautista Alberdi (d.1884), Argentine politician, writer, was born.

1831        Aug 29, Michael Faraday, British physicist, demonstrated the 1st electric transformer. Faraday had discovered that a changing magnetic field produces an electric current in a wire, a phenomenon known as electromagnetic induction.
    (, 9/17/01, p.R6)

1842        Aug 29, Britain & China signed the Treaty of Nanking ending the Opium war. This opened the port of Shanghai to foreigners. The 1997 Chinese film "The Opium War" was directed by Xie Jin. It was about the events leading up to the Treaty of Nanking. The treaty of Nanking ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain in perpetuity.
    (, 5/20/98, p.E3)

1854        Aug 29, Daniel Halladay patented a self-governing windmill.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1862        Aug 29, Confederate spy Belle Boyd was released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC.
1862        Aug 29, The US Bureau of Engraving & Printing began operation.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1862        Aug 29, Union General John Pope’s army was defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
    (HN, 8/29/98)
1862        Aug 29, P.M.B. Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgium, poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), was born.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1869        Aug 29, John Wesley Powell and his men successfully navigated the last rapid in the Grand Canyon and reached the mouth of the Virgin River in Nevada.
    (ON, 8/12, p.8)

1876        Aug 29, Charles F. Kettering, inventor (automobile self-starter), was born in Ohio.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1877        Aug 29, Brigham Young (76), the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1879        Aug 29, Jeanne Jugan (b.1792), a French nun, died. She had helped found the Little Sisters of the Poor. In 2009 she was canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church.
    (AP, 10/11/09)(

1882        Aug 29, Australia defeated England in cricket for the first time. The following day an obituary appeared in the Sporting Times addressed to the British team.
    (HN, 8/29/98)

1883        Aug 29, Seismic sea waves, created by Krakatoa eruption, created a rise in the English Channel 32 hrs after explosion.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1885        Aug 29, Gottlieb Daimler received a German patent for a motorcycle.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1893        Aug 29, The “clasp locker," a clumsy slide fastener and forerunner to the zipper was first patented by Whitcomb L. Judson. He demonstrated it at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He invented an improved C-Curity fastener in 1902.
    (Wired, Dec., ‘95, p.138)(SFEC, 6/6/99, Z1 p.10)(ON, 7/04, p.3)

1896        Aug 29, The Chinese-American dish chop suey was invented in New York City by the chef to visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1898        Aug 29, Preston Sturges (Edmund P Biden), American screenwriter, film director and playwright, was born.
    (HN, 8/29/00)

1904        Aug 29, Werner Forssman, German urologist, was born. He was the first to catheterize his own heart and won a Nobel prize in 1956.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1914        Aug 29, 4th day of Tannenberg: Russian Narev-army panics, Gen Martos caught.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1915        Aug 29, Ingrid Bergman (d.1982), Oscar winning actress famous for her role in "Casablanca" and "Anastasia," was born in Stockholm, Sweden. "Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
    (HN, 8/29/98)(AP, 7/21/97)
1915        Aug 29, Syriac Catholic bishop Flavien Michel Melki (b.1858) and his Chaldean counterpart, Monsignor Philippe-Jacques Abraham, were murdered in Cizre by Ottoman forces for refusing to renounce Christianity. In 2015 Melki was officially recognized as a "martyr" of the Catholic church and beatified by Pope Francis.
    (, 8/30/15)

1916        Aug 29, Congress created the US Naval reserve.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1916        Aug 29, The US Jones Law (Act of Congress of August 29, 1916), also known as the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916, replaced the Philippine Organic Act of 1902 that earlier served as a constitution for the Philippine Islands. Manuel Luis Quezon (1878-1944), Resident Commissioner to Washington, D.C. since 1909, pushed the passage of the Jones Act.
1916        Aug 29, Gen Von Hindenburg became German Chief of Staff.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1916        Aug 29, Transport ship Hsin-Yu & cruiser Hai-Yung collided and 1000 people were killed.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1917        Aug 29, Canada’s PM Robert Borden introduced the Military Service Act. The Act was passed: allowing the government to conscript men across the country if the PM felt that it was necessary.
    (, 8/2/14, p.45)

1920        Aug 29, Charlie "Bird" Parker, self-taught jazz saxophonist, pioneer of the new "cool" movement, was born.
    (HN, 8/29/98)

1923        Aug 29, Richard Attenborough, actor, director (Gandhi, Young Winston), was born in England.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1923        Aug 29, Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942, Vienna-born composer, completed his 45-minute Lyric Symphony for Soprano, Baritone, and Orchestra, in Seven Songs on Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, Opus 18.

1924        Aug 29, Dinah Washington (d.1963), singer, was born as Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was known in the 50s as "Queen of the Harlem Blues."
    (HN, 8/29/00)(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.M1)

1927        Aug 29, Marion Williams, gospel singer, was born.
    (HN, 8/29/00)

1928        Aug 29, Thomas Stewart, baritone (La Roche Capriccio), was born in San Saba, Texas.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1929        Aug 29, John Jacob Raskob (1879-1950), former General Motors executive, announced the construction of the world’s tallest building, the Empire State Building.
    (ON, 12/08, p.10)
1929        Aug 29, The Graf Zeppelin returned to Lakehurst, New Jersey, after 21 days 4 hours, a new world record.
    (Hem., 2/96, p.43)(MC, 8/29/01)(ON, 1/03, p.10)

1936        Aug 29, John McCain, later Arizona Senator and 2008 US presidential candidate, was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone.

1938        Aug 29, Elliott Gould (Goldstein) actor, was born. His films included Bob & Carol, Ted & Alice, M*A*S*H, The Long Good-Bye, The Night They Raided Minskys.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1939        Aug 29, William Friedkin, director (Exorcist, Cruising, French Connection), was born in Chicago.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1939        Aug 29, Chaim Weizmann informed England that Palestine Jews would fight in WW II.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1941        Aug 29, Robin Leach, host for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, was born.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1941        Aug 29, Henri Louis (40), French officer, resistance fighter, was executed.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1941        Aug 29, The German Einsatzkommando in Russia killed 1,469 Jewish children.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1942        Aug 29, The American Red Cross announced that Japan had refused to allow safe conduct for the passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.
    (HN, 8/29/98)

1943        Aug 29, Responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1944        Aug 29, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1945        Aug 29, Gen MacArthur was named the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1945        Aug 29, U.S. airborne troops landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.
    (HN, 8/29/98)
1945        Aug 29, British liberated Hong Kong from Japan.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1946        Aug 29, J.E. Feenstra, Nazi military police commandant, was executed.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1949            Aug 29, The USSR successfully detonated its first atomic bomb at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. It was a copy of the Fat Man bomb and had a yield of 21 kilotons.

1952        Aug 29, In the largest bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air Force bombed Pyongyang, North Korea.
    (HN, 8/29/98)

1954        Aug 29, The SF International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 opened with a ceremony led by Mayor Robinson. Mills Field became SF Airport.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F8)

1956        Aug 29, French government sent troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1957        Aug 29, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957. South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes. Arnold Aronson (d.1998 at 86) help to lobby for the bill.
    (AP, 8/29/97)(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A23)(SSFC, 12/17/00, Par p.15)

1958        Aug 29, Michael Jackson (d.2009), pop singer, entertainer, was born in Gary, Ind., the 7th of nine children.
    (SFC, 6/14/05, p.D6)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A1)
1958        Aug 29, Air Force Academy, established in 1954, opened its doors near Colorado Springs, Colo.
1958        Aug 29, Britain’s Notting Hill Riots began when a gang of white youths attacked a Swedish woman, Majbritt Morrison. The youths had seen her the previous night arguing with her Jamaican husband Raymond at Latimer Road tube station.  This led to a series of violent demonstrations against non-white West Indians in the ethnically diverse northwest London neighborhood of Notting Hill. This event first drew public attention to the growing problem of racial tension in Britain.
    (Econ, 6/30/12, SR p.5)(

1962        Aug 29, Rebecca DeMornay, actress: Risky Business, The Three Musketeers, Guilty as Sin, Backdraft, was born.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1962        Aug 29, A US U-2 flight saw SAM launch pads in Cuba.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1964        Aug 29, "Funny Thing Happened" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances.
    (MC, 8/29/01)
1964        Aug 29, Walt Disney’s "Mary Poppins" released.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1965        Aug 29, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1966        Aug 29, The Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/29/97)
1966        Aug 29, In Egypt Sayyid Qutb (b.1906), intellectual godfather of radical Islam, was hanged for treason under Pres. Nasser. Qutb had earlier written: "A Muslim has no nationality except his belief." He denounced western hedonism and the decadence of Muslim regimes. Qutb had spent some time in the US (1948-1951) and authored the 1951 essay “The America I Have Seen." While in prison (1954-1964) in Egypt, Qutb authored “Milestones," to chart the course of his crushed movement. His brother Muhammad went into exile in Saudi Arabia where he taught at King Abdul Aziz Univ. Osama bin Laden was one of his students. In 2010 John Calvert authored “Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism."
    (WSJ, 3/22/04, p.A18)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.24)(Econ, 7/17/10, p.86)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.20)

1967        Aug 29, Charles Darrow (b.1889), self-claimed inventor of Monopoly, died.

1968        Aug 29, Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie was chosen to be the Democratic nominee for vice president at the party's convention in Chicago.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
1968        cAug 29, Senator Abraham Ribicoff strongly criticized Chicago’s Mayor Daly for his strong-arm tactics in controlling protestors at the Democratic National Convention.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)

1970        Aug 29, Ruben Salazar (42), a Latino journalist for KMEX, was killed by a tear gas canister fired by a sheriff’s deputy following an anti-war demonstration in East Los Angeles. In 2008 a US postage stamp was issued in his honor. On Feb 22, 2011, a report on the case found no evidence supporting suspicions that Salazar was deliberately killed. It stated that Salazar’s death was due to a series of tactical blunders that would be unacceptable by today's law enforcement standards.
    (SFC, 4/21/08, p.A1)(AP, 2/22/11)

1971        Aug 29, Nathan Leopold (b.1904), US kidnapper and murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), died in Puerto Rico.
1971        Aug 29, In SF 2 men burst into the Ingleside Police Station and fired through a hole in a bullet-proof glass window killing Sgt. John Young (45). A civilian clerk was wounded. Black Panthers were suspected. 3 men were charged in 1975 but charges were dismissed in 1976. In 2005 a SF judge jailed 4 men for contempt after refusing to answer questions from a grand jury. In 2007 police charged 9 former members of the Black Liberation Army with waging a campaign of “chaos and terror" that left at least 3 officers dead from 1968-1973. 8 of the men were charged with murder in the Ingleside slaying. On June 29, 2009, Herman Bell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, as he continued to serve a life sentence in New York for the murder of 2 police officers. On July 6 Anthony Bottom pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter. Bottom was already serving a sentence in NY for the murder of a 2 NYC police officers in May 1971. Prosecutors dismissed charges against 4 other men. This left just Francisco Torres to stand trial for Young’s murder.
    (SFC, 9/1/05, p.B1)(SFC, 10/8/05, p.B2)(SFC, 1/26/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.B1)(SFC, 7/7/09, p.C1)

1972        Aug 29, Rene Leibowitz (b.1913), Warsaw-born French conductor and composer, died in Paris.

1973        Aug 29, Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
1973        Aug 29, Michael Dunn (b.1934), American dwarf actor, died in London.

1974        Aug 29, Moses Malone became the first basketball player to go straight from high school to the pros when he joined the Utah Stars.
    (SFC, 7/7/96, Z1 p.5)

1975        Aug 29, Star in Cygnus went nova becoming 4th brightest in sky.
1975        Aug 29, Eamon de Valera (92), Irish president (1937-59), died near Dublin. De Valera was born in NYC (1882) and emigrated to Ireland as a child and joined the Easter Rebellion of 1916 against British rule. He was saved from execution because of his American citizenship, and was released under a general amnesty in 1917.
    (AP, 8/29/97)(ON, 9/04, p.7)
1975        Aug 29, In Peru Gen. Francisco Belaunde (b.1921) began serving as president. He continued to July 28, 1980.
    (WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A7)(

1981        Aug 29, Lowell Thomas (89), broadcaster and world traveler died in Pawling, N.Y.
    (AP, 8/29/97)

1982        Aug 29, Ingrid Bergman (b.1915), Swedish film star, died in England. In 1997 Donald Spoto wrote a biography of Ingrid Bergman: "Notorious, The Life of Ingrid Bergman." Bergman’s own autobiography was titled "My Story."
    (SFEC, 7/20/97, BR p.6)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A22)(

1983        Aug 29, William Goyen (b.1915), Texas-born novelist and playwright, died in Los Angeles. His 1st novel was “House of Breath" (1950).

1985        Aug 29, Joann Hobson (16) of Stockton, Ca., went missing. Her remains were found in 2012 in a compacted well in Linden, Ca., and attributed to Speed Freak Killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.
    (SFC, 3/31/12, p.C1)
1985        Aug 29, In Missouri the St. Louis Union Station, purchased by a New York financier, reopened as a Grand Hyatt hotel. The massive, Romanesque-style building, designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, was once the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world. In 1976, the Saint Louis Union Station was designated a National Historic Landmark.
    (SFC, 10/12/97, p.T5)(

1986        Aug 29, The Beatles performed their last public concert. The San Francisco event at Candlestick Park drew some 24,000 people.
    (SSFC, 8/28/11, DB p.42)

1987        Aug 29, Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 63.
    (AP, 8/29/97)
1987        Aug 29, In South Korea 33 followers of a cult were found bound, gagged and murdered in a factory in Yongin. Authorities said the tourist souvenir factory was owned by Park Soon Ja (48), the cult leader who was called "Benevolent Mother" by her followers.
    (AP, 8/30/87)(Econ, 6/14/14, p.36)

1988        Aug 29, On the presidential campaign trail, Democrat Michael Dukakis sought to counter Republican George Bush's salvos against the Massachusetts prison furlough program, while Bush continued to charge that Dukakis was soft on defense.
    (AP, 8/29/98)
1988        Aug 29, In NYC the Macy’s Tap-o-Mania set a Guinness record.

1989        Aug 29, Seven bombs believed set off by drug traffickers exploded in Medellin and Bogota, Colombia.
    (AP, 8/29/99)

1990        Aug 29, A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared in a television interview that America could not defeat Iraq, saying, "I do not beg before anyone."
    (AP, 8/29/00)

1991        Aug 29, In a stunning blow to the Soviet Communist Party, the Supreme Soviet legislature voted to suspend the activities of the organization and freeze its bank accounts because of the party's role in the failed coup.
    (AP, 8/29/01)
1991        Aug 29, Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer, anti mafia, was gunned down in Palermo.

1992        Aug 29, About 13,000 people staged an anti-extremist rally in Rostock, Germany, even as right-wingers continued attacks on immigrants.
    (AP, 8/29/97)(HN, 8/29/98)
1992        Aug 29, The U.N. Security Council agreed to send 3,000 more relief troops to Somalia to guard food shipments.
    (AP, 8/29/97)
1992        Aug 29, Mary Norton (88), children’s book author (Borrowers), died in England.

1993        Aug 29, Negotiations continued between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, with Israel reported on the verge of recognizing the PLO.
    (AP, 8/29/98)
1993        Aug 29, In Rio’s Vigario Geral favela 21 residents were massacred by police to avenge the killing of 4 colleagues. 52 policemen were accused in the massacre and in 1997 Paulo Roberto Alvarenga was the first to be tried. He was sentenced to 450 years in prison but the law limited him to serve no more than 30 years.
    (, 4/28/97, p.A12)(Econ, 4/9/05, p.31)

1994        Aug 29, At the end of a weekend referendum, Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly rejected what was billed as a last-chance peace plan.
    (AP, 8/29/99)

1995        Aug 29, At the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, without the jury present, tape recordings of police detective Mark Fuhrman were played in which Fuhrman could be heard spouting racial invectives.
    (AP, 8/29/00)
1995        Aug 29, In Tbilisi, Georgia, the motorcade of Eduard Shevardnadze was attacked as he left for the ceremonial signing of the new constitution.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)

1996        Aug 29, In a rousing climax to the Democratic convention in Chicago, President Clinton appealed for a second term, declaring, "Hope is back in America." The convention also nominated Al Gore for a second term as vice president. Earlier in the day, President Clinton's chief political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his relationship with a prostitute.
    (AP, 8/29/97)
1996        Aug 29, Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader chose Winona LaDuke as his running mate.
    (SFC, 8/30/96, p.A3)
1996        Aug 29-1996 Aug 30, In SF, Ca., dancers from the North Beach Lusty Lady Club voted on union representation with the Service Employees International Union, Local 790. The vote passed 57 to 15. The contract was ratified Apr 10, 1997.
    (SFC, 8/14/96, p.A15)(SFC, 8/31/96, p.A17)(SFC, 4/11/97, p.A19)
1996        Aug 29, Researchers reported that gene therapy was used to halt the growth of some cancer tumors. The therapy centered on the p53 gene, which regulates the speed of cell division.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.A1,15)
1996        Aug 29, Japanese authorities arrested Dr. Takeshi Abe, a hemophilia expert, who headed a government panel on AIDS in the 1980s when some 1,800 hemophiliacs were infected with AIDS after using blood-clotting agents contaminated with the AIDS virus. He had failed to recommend a heat treatment for the products more than 2 years after such treatment was approved in the US.
    (SFC, 8/30/96, p.A18)
1996        Aug 29, Yasser Arafat called for a 4-hour general strike in Palestine in opposition to Israeli political actions.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.A1)
1996        Aug 29, A Russian Tupelov 154 plane with 141 passengers crashed on a desolate arctic island 6 miles from Spitsbergen where they were returning to jobs in a Russian-run coal mine.
    (SFC, 8/30/96, p.A14)

1997        Aug 29, In NYC some 7,000 protestors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest police brutality and the assault on Abner Louima.
    (SFC, 8/30/97, p.A3)
1997        Aug 29, In Algeria some 300 villagers of Rais were slain by hooded men armed with axes in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. In addition 20 young women were abducted.
    (SFC, 8/30/97, p.A10)(AP, 8/29/98)
1997        Aug 29, In Britain the government formally invited Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, to peace talks next month in Northern Ireland.
    (SFC, 8/30/97, p.A1)
1997        Aug 29, In Japan the Supreme Court upheld the government’s right to control the nation’s textbooks but not to tamper with the truth. Japan's Supreme Court ruled that the country's Education Ministry broke the law by removing mention of a Japanese World War II atrocity from historian Saburo Ienaga's high school textbook. Novelist Ryotaro Shiba was quoted: "A country whose textbooks lie... will inevitably collapse."
    (SFC, 8/30/97, p.A12)(AP, 8/29/98)
1997        Aug 29, In Kenya thousands fled from the Indian Ocean coast in fear of ethnic violence and attacks from government security forces.
    (SFC, 8/30/97, p.A12)

1998        Aug 29, Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.
    (AP, 8/29/99)
1998         Aug 29, In England new type of mosquito was reported to be breeding in the underground Tube with a taste for the rats and mice that lived there.
    (SFC, 8/28/98, p.A5)
1998        Aug 29, In Quito, Ecuador, a Cuban plane with 90 people onboard crashed. 80 people were killed including 5 children playing on the ground. At least 8 people survived the crash of the Russian-made Tupelov-154.
    (SFEC, 8/28/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/31/98, p.A10)(AP, 8/29/08)
1998        Aug 29, In Indonesia riots quelled after thousands of fishermen burned at least 10 trawlers in Cilacap. They complained of exploitation by ethnic Chinese where they were paid about 18 cents per day. There were riots all week across the country due to economic turmoil.
    (SFEC, 8/28/98, p.A21)

1999        Aug 29, Hurricane "Dennis" wallowed along the coast toward the Carolinas, prompting evacuation orders for the fragile Outer Banks barrier islands.
    (AP, 8/29/00)
1999        Aug 29, In Burundi Hutu militiamen attacked 2 neighborhoods outside Bujumbura and killed at least 26 civilians.
    (SFC, 8/30/99, p.A14)
1999        Aug 29, In Macedonia a NATO soldier from Norway was arrested for a car crash that killed a Macedonian official, his wife and daughter.
    (WSJ, 8/31/99, p.A1)
1999        Aug 29, In South Africa a heavy storm in Cape Town left 4 people dead and some 5,000 homeless.
    (SFC, 8/30/99, p.A14)

2000        Aug 29, President Clinton ended a four-day trip to Africa with a brief visit to Cairo, where he sought the help of President Hosni Mubarak on the Middle East peace process, i.e. a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)(AP, 8/29/01)
2000        Aug 29, Montana Gov. Marc Racicot asked Pres. Clinton to declare the state a federal disaster area due to the wildfires.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.A3)
2000        Aug 29, Pope John Paul II laid down moral guidelines for medical research in the 21st century, endorsing organ donation and adult stem cell study, but condemning human cloning and embryo experiments.
    (AP, 8/29/01)
2000        Aug 29, In Belgium the government announced a package of tax reductions worth $2.9 billion.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.D2)
2000        Aug 29, A videotape by Pres. Clinton sought to calm fears over a $1.3 billion aid package expected to escalate the guerrilla war in Colombia. Pres. Clinton was scheduled to arrive the next day. Plan Colombia was America’s 3rd largest military aid package after Israel and Egypt.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.A14)(SSFC, 11/11/07, p.M5)
2000        Aug 29, In France Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement resigned over a proposed peace plan for Corsica. The plan offered limited rights to pass laws beginning in 2004 for the 250,000 inhabitants.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)
2000        Aug 29, In Libya 6 former hostages held captive in the Philippines arrived to thank Moammar Khadafy for his role in securing their release.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)
2000        Aug 29, In Spain Manuel Indiano (29), a councilman in Zumarraga, was shot and killed outside his candy store. The ETA was blamed.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.B10)

2001        Aug 29, George Rivas, the ringleader of the biggest prison breakout in Texas history, was sentenced to death for killing an Irving, Tx., policeman, Aubrey Hawkins, while on the run.
    (AP, 8/29/02)
2001        Aug 29, In Algiers a bomb exploded in the Casbah and 34 people were injured.
    (SFC, 8/30/01, p.A12)
2001        Aug 29, Australian commandos seized the Norway cargo ship carrying 438 rescued refugees after the captain defied orders not to enter Australian waters.
    (SFC, 8/30/01, p.A12)(AP, 9/1/01)
2001        Aug 29, In Colombia Yolanda Paternina (50), a government prosecutor, was shot and killed while returning home in Sincelejo. She had been investigating a January paramilitary massacre and 2 of her colleagues were missing since June.
    (SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A20)
2001        Aug 29, Japan launched a domestically developed rocket with hopes of developing its commercial satellite industry.
    (WSJ, 8/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Aug 29, Four Palestinians and 1 Israeli were killed in ongoing violence.
    (SFC, 8/30/01, p.A8)
2001        Aug 29, In Spain a Binter Mediterraneo CN-235 airplane crash-landed near Malaga’s airport and at least 3 of 47 people aboard were killed.
    (WSJ, 8/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Aug 29, In Sudan the UN reported that 3,480 child soldiers had been sent back to their southern homes following 6 months of retraining. 4,000 more children were expected to transition out of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army over the next 18 months.
    (SFC, 8/30/01, p.A12)

2002        Aug 29, The federal government approved a plan to store Colorado River water under the Mohave Desert and tap it for use by Southern California during times of drought.
    (SFC, 8/30/02, p.A10)
2002        Aug 29, A judge in Norwalk, Conn., sentenced Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, to 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 murder with a golf club of Connecticut neighbor Martha Moxley.
    (WSJ, 8/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/03)
2002        Aug 29, Assailants entered a home in Artemisa, a village in western Cuba and killed five people, including four members of a family, apparently by cutting their throats.
    (AP, 8/31/02)
2002        Aug 29, Indian soldiers killed 5 guerrillas after they crossed into the India-controlled portion of Kashmir.
    (SFC, 8/30/02, p.A19)
2002        Aug 29, Israeli tank shells slammed into a Bedouin encampment in Gaza, killing four members of a Palestinian family and wounding four others.
    (AP, 8/29/02)
2002        Aug 29, Hezbollah guerrillas shelled Israeli positions in a disputed border area, wounding 3 soldiers and drawing fire from Israeli warplanes and artillery.
    (AP, 8/29/02)
2002        Aug 29, In western Macedonia police killed two ethnic Albanians after gunmen abducted at least five people from a bus, as tension soared. The 5 abducted people were released after 2 days.
    (AP, 8/30/02)(AP, 8/31/02)
2002        Aug 29, In Russia a small plane disappeared in the Far East region of Khabarovsk. The plane crashed into a cliff and 16 people were killed.
    (AP, 8/29/02)(AP, 9/2/02)
2002        Aug 29, Kerim Sadok Chatty, 29, of Tunisian origin was arrested with a gun in his carry-on luggage at a Swedish airport as he headed to an Islamic conference in Birmingham, England. He had flunked out of a flight school in South Carolina in 1996. Chatty was charged with attempted hijacking on Sep 2.
    (AP, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A6)
2002        Aug 29, A joint force of Thai police and soldiers killed six armed drug traffickers and seized a million methamphetamine pills after ambushing a drug convoy near the Golden Triangle.
    (Reuters, 8/29/02)
2002        Aug 29, The World Summit on Sustainable Development focused on ways business and governments could work together to spread prosperity in the developing world while protecting the environment.
    (AP, 8/29/02)
2002        Aug 29, Uzbek Pres. Karimov urged democratic changes.
    (SFC, 8/30/02, p.A18)
2002        Aug 29, In Venezuela thousands of opponents of President Hugo Chavez took to the streets in Maracay to protest tax increases they say will further impoverish Venezuelans in this recession-ridden country.
    (AP, 8/29/02)
2002        Aug 29, In Zimbabwe a bomb attack gutted the office of a radio station critical of President Robert Mugabe's government, and authorities raided a human rights group and a camp for displaced farm workers run by a private charity.
    (AP, 8/29/02)

2003        Aug 29, Rep. Bill Janklow, R-S.D., was charged with felony manslaughter in a car accident that claimed the life of motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott. Janklow was later convicted and served 100 days in jail.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2003         Aug 29, Jeffrey Lee Parson (18), suspected of writing a variant of the "Blaster," a virus-like computer worm, was arrested in his hometown, the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins. He was charged with one count of intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a computer and faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Parson pleaded guilty in August 2004 and was subsequently sentenced on January 28, 2005 to 18 months in prison followed by a three-year supervised release program, and was required to do 225 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay restitution of $497,546.55 to Microsoft Corporation and $1,056 to specific individuals to have their computer hard drives cleaned.
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/30/03, p.A2)(
2003        Aug 29, Six nations trying to defuse a standoff over North Korea's nuclear program ended their talks in Beijing with an agreement to keep talking.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2003        Aug 29, France raised the death toll from the August heat wave to as many as 11,435.
    (SFC, 8/30/03, p.A7)
2003        Aug 29, The board of Air France approved a deal to combine with Dutch KLM under a holding company to form the world's #3 airline.
    (WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R12)
2003        Aug 29, In Haiti's west-coast city of St. Marc torrential rains burst river banks, left at least 24 people dead and destroyed dozens of flimsy riverside shacks.
    (AP, 9/2/03)(AP, 9/11/03)
2003        Aug 29, In Najaf, Iraq, a massive car bomb exploded at the Imam Ali mosque during prayers, killing Mohammed Bakir al-Hakim, one of Iraq's most important Shiite clerics, and at least 85 other people. Two Iraqis and two Saudis were caught soon after. Attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at two U.S. convoys in separate ambushes, killing one American soldier and wounding six.
    (SFC, 9/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/08)
2003        Aug 29, A Jewish settler was killed and his pregnant wife wounded in a Palestinian shooting attack. In Jenin Palestinian gunmen fired on Israeli soldiers manning a lookout in a four-story office building. The violence came just hours after an Israeli helicopter in southern Gaza fired missiles to kill a Hamas fugitive as he drove a donkey cart.
    (AP, 8/29/03)
2003        Aug 29, Excel Motors, a fledgling Jamaican automaker, exported the Caribbean island's first locally manufactured car to the Bahamas. The two-door Island Cruiser, one of 22 built this year at the company's plant in western Jamaica, sold for $11,500.
    (AP, 8/30/03)
2003        Aug 29, In central Mexico a truck carrying sulfuric acid collided head-on with a sport-utility vehicle on a mountain road, killing five people and forcing dozens of people to hospitals after they inhaled the fumes.
    (AP, 8/30/03)
2003        Aug 29, In Nigeria crude oil spilling from a ruptured Shell Oil pipeline burst into flames near a southeastern village, scorching yam fields and spreading thick, black smoke for miles. More than one-tenth of Nigeria's exports are stolen daily by criminal rings who siphon the fuel from pipelines using everything from buckets to sophisticated pumps.
    (AP, 9/2/03)

2004        Aug 29, Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the fortified streets of Manhattan to protest President Bush's foreign and domestic policies as Republican delegates gathered to nominate the president for a second term. Organizers estimated up to 400,000 participants.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, Tropical storm Gaston hit South Carolina.
    (SFC, 8/30/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 29, In Afghanistan an explosion tore through the office of DynCorp., an American defense contractor, in the heart of Kabul, killing 12 people, including 3 Americans.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, In Brazil an overcrowded balcony collapsed inside a popular Sao Paulo nightclub that featured male strippers, killing six people and injuring at least 117.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, Chechens voted for a replacement for their assassinated president. One man was killed when he attempted to blow up a polling station. Alu Alkhanov, the Russian government's candidate in Chechnya, received nearly 74 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 29, Muslim leaders in France condemned the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq and said the government should not capitulate to militant demands to revoke a law that bans the wearing of Islamic head scarves in schools.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, Closing ceremonies were held in Athens, Greece, for the 28th Olympiad. During one of the final events, lead marathon runner Vanderlie Lima of Brazil was pushed into the crowd by an intruder, but managed to finish 3rd behind Stefano Baldini of Italy.
    (SFC, 8/30/04, p.D1)
2004        Aug 29, Saboteurs blew up a pipeline in southern Iraq in the latest attack. Al-Sadr called on his followers to lay down arms and get involved in politics.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, Israeli troops killed an armed Palestinian man as he tried to sneak into southern Israel.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, In Sidon, Lebanon, fighting in a Palestinian camp left 3 dead.
    (WSJ, 8/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, Mexico City's leftist Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador led more than 150,000 demonstrators in a march to protest efforts to impeach him.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 29, A rocket attack and a remote control bomb killed 2 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in the western tribal regions where troops are hunting al Qaeda-linked militants.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, Nikolai Getman (b.1917), Russian artist and gulag survivor (1946-1953), died in Orel, Russia.
    (WSJ, 9/22/04, p.D12)(
2004        Aug 29, The UN Security Council set this date for Sudan to stop the killing in Darfur, allow help to reach the region and disarm the militias terrorizing the region.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.39)

2005        Aug 29, In NYC 8 former executives of the KPMG accounting firm were indicted for fraud. KPMG admitted setting up fraudulent tax shelters and agreed to pay $456 million in penalties.
    (SFC, 8/30/05, p.C3)
2005        Aug 29, A Connecticut man known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating software, considered among the company's crown jewels. William Genovese, Jr. (28) admitted selling the source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. On January 27, 2006, he was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
    (AP, 8/29/05)(
2005        Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., as a Category 3 storm. Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside. In Mississippi many of the 13 floating casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport smashed historic homes and buildings. The Grand Casino Biloxi destroyed the historic Hotel Tivoli. Storm surges and winds from Katrina unleashed at least 40 oil spills and some 193,000 barrels of oil and other petrochemicals were driven across fragile marshy ecosystems southeast of New Orleans. The death toll from Katrina eventually reached at least 1,600. An estimated 300 Louisiana residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
    (SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/06)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)
2005        Aug 29, In New Orleans 34 people died at a Tenet Healthcare hospital after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power and the temperature inside the building rose to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The hospital’s windows couldn’t be opened.  On July 22, 2011, a judge approved a $25 million class-action settlement over the deaths of the patients. The Dallas-based company settled 11 other cases over Katrina.
    (SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)(
2005        Aug 29, An oil rig tore free of its moorings as Hurricane Katrina lashed the Alabama coast, before surging downriver and smashing into a suspension bridge. 92% of crude and 83% of natural gas production were shut down, as Gulf of Mexico rigs were evacuated.
    (AFP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 29-2005 Sep 5, The annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada planned to introduce BORG2, an event within the main event concentrating on art projects.
    (SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A20)
2005        Aug 29, Jude Wanniski (b.1936), economist and journalist, died. He coined the term supply-side economics in 1975 to describe the theory that cutting personal income tax rates would lead to increased investment and create economic growth. In 1978 he authored “The Way the World Works."
    (, 9/1/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug 29, Ontario became the 1st province in Canada to ban the pit bull dog. The pit bull was already banned in several cities across Canada. In the US it was already banned in Denver, Miami and Cincinnati.
    (SFC, 8/30/05, p.A2)
2005        Aug 29, Egypt's intelligence chief met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to shore up the strained cease-fire with Israel and discuss freedom of movement across Gaza's borders.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, In France firefighters said 7 people, including 4 children, died in an apartment fire in Paris.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
2005        Aug 29, Thousands of Sunni demonstrators rallied in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit to denounce Iraq's new constitution a day after negotiators finished the new charter without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, In northern Iraq a US Army helicopter made a forced landing under hostile fire, and one soldier was killed and another injured.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, In Sri Lanka attackers on a bicycle hurled grenades at a Tamil-language newspaper office in the capital of Colombo, killing a security guard.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, A Swedish nuclear power plant shut down one of its three reactors because of an abnormal accumulation of jellyfish in the cooling system.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
2005        Aug 29, The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with President Hugo Chavez in hopes of reducing tensions between the US and Venezuela after religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Chavez.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

2006        Aug 29, President George Bush visited New Orleans one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region to offer comfort and hope to residents.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2006        Aug 29, A US probe determined that Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, misused government funds on several occasions, overbilling for his time and funneling unauthorized contracts to a friend.
    (AP, 8/29/06)(WSJ, 8/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Aug 29, Omeed Aziz Popal (29), a native of Afghanistan, killed one pedestrian in Hayward, Ca., and injured another 16 at 11 locations in SF in a driving rampage. SF police finally rammed him down at California and Spruce streets. In 2008 a SF judge ruled that Popal was legally insane.
    (SFC, 8/30/06, p.A1)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.B1)
2006        Aug 29, In East Oakland, Ca., Anthony Quintero (24), a Brink’s guard, was killed during a robbery that involved his partner Clifton Wherry Jr. and Dwight Campbell, who shot Quintero. In 2009 Campbell (26) and Wherry (31) were convicted of 1st degree murder. Both were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 10/9/09, p.D5)(SFC, 12/12/09, p.C2)
2006        Aug 29, Warren Steed Jeffs (50), a fugitive polygamist, was arrested in Nevada. He was on the FBI’s 10 most-wanted list for sex crimes in Utah and Arizona. Jeffs ruled the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) since his father died in 2002. The sect had broken from the Mormon Church over a century ago.
    (SFC, 8/30/06, p.A11)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.34)
2006        Aug 29, Tropical Storm Ernesto's leading edge drenched Miami and the rest of southern Florida.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2006        Aug 29, A suicide car bomber struck a NATO-Afghan military convoy, killing two civilians and wounding one in the violence-wracked south. A remote-controlled bomb killed two police officers on patrol.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
2006        Aug 29, About 50 former militants surrendered and handed over their weapons in a ceremony led by Chechnya's powerful prime minister, who said rebel numbers are dwindling in the war-ravaged region.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
2006        Aug 29, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad challenged the authority of the UN Security Council as Iran faces a deadline to halt its uranium enrichment and he called for a televised debate with President Bush on world issues.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
2006        Aug 29, The bodies of 13 people, believed to have been aged between 25 and 35, were found dumped behind a Shiite mosque in the Turath neighborhood in western Baghdad. All were handcuffed, showed signs of torture and had been shot in the head. 11 of the bullet-riddled corpses were found near a school in the Shiite dominated Maalif neighborhood in southern Baghdad. A pipeline carrying oil byproducts exploded near Diwaniyah, killing at least 36 people with 45 injured.
    (AP, 8/29/06)(AP, 8/30/06)
2006        Aug 29, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's leftist presidential candidate, rejected a court decision upholding his rival's slim lead in the disputed July 2 race and called on his supporters not to recognize a government led by Felipe Calderon.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
2006        Aug 29, In Quetta, Pakistan, gunfire and rioting broke out for a fourth straight day after the funeral service for a prominent tribal chief killed by Pakistani government forces. One policeman was killed and dozens of shops destroyed. Three factory workers were killed in a restaurant bombing in the Baluchistan town of Hub.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
2006        Aug 29, An extremist Kurdish militant group warned that "the fear of death will reign everywhere in Turkey" and it urged tourists to avoid travel to the country.
    (AP, 8/30/06)
2006        Aug 29, A cease-fire between Uganda's government and the LRA, a shadowy rebel movement that has terrorized this east African nation for nearly two decades, went into effect.
    (AP, 8/29/06)

2007        Aug 29, Fellow Republicans called on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to resign and party leaders pushed him from senior committee posts as fallout continued over his arrest at a Minneapolis airport restroom and guilty plea to disorderly conduct.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
2007        Aug 29, US service officials said the Army will examine as many as 18,000 contracts awarded over the past four years to support US forces in Iraq to determine how many are tainted by waste, fraud and abuse.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, The US Air Force accidentally flew a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber from North Dakota to Louisiana. On October 19 the Air Force said 70 service members would be punished for widespread disregard of rules.
    (SFC, 10/20/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 29, New research said arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people. The country worst affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by arsenic.
    (AP, 8/30/07)
2007        Aug 29, A new report said CEOs of American companies made an average of $10.8 million last year, more than 364 times the average pay of American workers. The 14th annual study was a joint report from the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.C3)
2007        Aug 29, Alfred Peet (b.1920), Dutch-born specialty coffee pioneer, died in Oregon. His first shop opened in Berkeley, Ca., in 1966. He sold the business in 1979, but stayed on as a coffee buyer until 1984, when Baldwin and Reynolds, co-owners of Starbucks, along with other investors bought 4 Bay Area locations of Peet’s. They later sold the chain to Howard Shultz, who entered a no-compete agreement with Peet’s in the Bay Area. Peet’s became a public company in 2001.
    (SFC, 9/1/07, p.C1)
2007        Aug 29, Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was wrongly linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, was found dead in his west Georgia home; he was 44.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
2007        Aug 29, Taliban militants released 12 of 19 South Korean captives they promised to free under a deal struck with the South Korean government to resolve a nearly six-week hostage crisis. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in eastern Afghanistan, killing four civilians and two Afghan soldiers. A Canadian soldier, based in the Afghan capital Kabul, died of a gunshot wound after he was found injured in his room.
    (AFP, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/29/08)
2007        Aug 29, Britain unveiled a statue of Nelson Mandela outside the houses of Parliament, honoring the South African anti-apartheid campaigner as one of the great leaders of his era.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, China began selling $79 billion in bonds to finance a state agency that will invest the country's foreign currency reserves.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, It was reported that more than 100 people have died in a remote part of Congo, including all those who attended the funerals of two village chiefs, in what health officials fear is an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, Pierre Messmer (b.1916), a member of the French Resistance who was the country's prime minister from 1972 to 1974, died.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, Hong Kong police arrested two men accused of trying to smuggle more than 7,000 live pet turtles to mainland China.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 29, In India the world-famous Taj Mahal was closed to tourists after officials in the city of Agra imposed a curfew following rioting that left one person dead and 50 hurt. Rioters fought pitched battles with police, pelting them with stones, glass bottles and setting vehicles alight, after a speeding truck crushed four Muslims to death. Officials in the eastern state of Orissa said at least 105 people have died of cholera and some 6,000 people are suffering from diseases caused by drinking dirty water.
    (AFP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, A group of eight Iranians, including two diplomats, were released by US forces after being detained a day earlier because unauthorized weapons were found in their cars. An aide said Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force. Marines from the 5th Regimental Combat Team killed 12 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters and destroyed two vehicles in fighting near the Anbar city of Fallujah. 4 al-Qaida fighters and two Sunni tribesmen opposed to the terror movement were killed in gunfights in Haqlaniyah. 2 US service members, a Marine and an Army soldier, were killed in fighting in Anbar province. An American soldier died from wounds suffered the day before in fighting near the northern city of Kirkuk. A US soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack during combat operations in Iraq's eastern Diyala province.
    (AP, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007        Aug 29, The three cousins, 10-year-old Mahmoud Ghazal, 10-year-old Sara Ghazal and 12-year-old Yehiya Ghazal, were killed when Israeli troops combating Palestinian rocket squads spotted figures moving near rocket launchers in northern Gaza and ordered a strike.
    (AP, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 29, The 11-day Venice Film Festival opened for its 75th anniversary edition.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.E5)
2007        Aug 29, Lithuania's top politicians attended an official ceremony in Vilnius to unveil probably the first monument in the world honoring basketball, which is said to be the second religion of this Baltic country.
2007        Aug 29, In Myanmar pro-government gangs on trucks staked out key streets in Yangon as the country's military rulers sought to crush a rare wave of dissent by pro-democracy activists protesting fuel price increases.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, A senior official said Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and former rival Benazir Bhutto have reached an agreement regarding Musharraf's military role, a key step toward a power-sharing deal.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
2007        Aug 29, JEM and Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) attacked an army base in the Kordofan region next to Darfur, which they said was the logistical and supply centre for ongoing attacks in South Darfur. The rebels said 15 soldiers were killed. The government later reported that 41 people were killed in the Kordofan region. Officials said floods across Sudan have killed 101 people, spread disease and destroyed livelihoods by wiping out agricultural crops.
    (Reuters, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/30/07)(Reuters, 9/1/07)
2007        Aug 29, Thousands of hardline supporters of Robert Mugabe marched through Harare, denouncing the Zimbabwe president's Western critics and endorsing his controversial program of farm seizures. Zimbabwe's state media called on the government to sever ties with Australia, accusing PM John Howard's government of seeking to topple Pres. Mugabe.
    (AP, 8/29/07)

2008        Aug 29, John McCain, on his 72nd birthday, tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (44) to be his vice presidential running mate.
    (AP, 8/29/08)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.A1)
2008        Aug 29, US banking regulators shut down Integrity Bancshares Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., and sold all deposits to Regions Financial Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. This marked the 10th US bank to fail this year.
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.B3)
2008        Aug 29, In SF the 4-day Slow Food Nation opened at the Civic Center Plaza and continued at Fort Mason, where tickets to the Taste Pavilion sold for $65. The Slow Food movement had begun in Italy in 1986.
    (SSFC, 8/31/08, p.A1)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.38)
2008        Aug 29, In Oklahoma a train slammed into a propane tanker truck triggering an explosion that killed 2 people.
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A1)
2008        Aug 29, Tropical Storm Gustav drenched Jamaica, killing at least 4 people, and rolled over the Cayman Islands with fierce winds that tore down trees and power lines, setting off alarm from Cuba to New Orleans, and at gas pumps across the US.
    (AP, 8/29/08)(AP, 8/30/08)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.A3)
2008        Aug 29, A Georgian Foreign Ministry official says Georgia is to recall all diplomatic staff from its embassy in Moscow because of the Russian military presence in Georgia.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
2008        Aug 29, Chinese police investigating a spate of attacks this month in western Xinjiang province shot dead six suspects and arrested three others near Kashgar.
    (AP, 8/30/08)
2008        Aug 29, French neurosurgeons said they had successfully treated brain tumors through ultra-keyhole surgery, using a tiny fiber-optic laser to destroy cancerous cells.
    (AFP, 8/29/08)
2008        Aug 29, In India Tata Motors suspended work on its new plant in Mumbai, West Bengal, due to ongoing demonstrations in support of local farmers who say they were forced off their land to make way for the plant.
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A5)
2008        Aug 29, A gunmen killed a member of a local US-allied Sunni group and his family in the village of Withah, Diyala province. His father, mother and an infant were also killed in the attack, which was in coordination with an assault on a nearby Iraqi army checkpoint that wounded one Iraqi soldier.
    (AP, 8/30/08)
2008        Aug 29, Central Japan was hit by heavy rains and flooding forcing the evacuation of over a million people.
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A1)
2008        Aug 29, Fighter jets bombed Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's Swat Valley while troops pushed into militant territory on the ground, killing at least 40 insurgents in a 24-hour siege.
    (AP, 8/30/08)
2008        Aug 29, The San Juan Star, Puerto Rico's Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language newspaper, closed. The owner blamed the union for not agreeing to benefit cuts and layoffs to offset declining revenue.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
2008        Aug 29, Pirates, believed to be Somali, hijacked the Malaysian MT Bunga Melati 5 tanker and its 41 crew members off Yemen's coast in the Gulf of Aden. It was the second tanker owned by MISC Berhard to be hijacked in the gulf in the last 10 days.
    (AP, 8/30/08)
2008        Aug 29, In Sri Lanka renewed fighting in the embattled north killed 18 rebels and 5 soldiers.
    (AP, 8/30/08)
2008        Aug 29, In Zimbabwe power-sharing talks over a unity government resumed as Mugabe's government made good on a promise to allow aid agencies to resume operations. Mugabe announced cash awards for Zimbabwe’s Olympic winners. He called Kirsty Coventry, who won three silvers and a gold at the Beijing games, Zimbabwe's "golden girl" and gave her $100,000.
    (AP, 8/29/08)(AP, 8/30/08)

2009        Aug 29, California Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County due to a wild fire in Yosemite National Park.
    (SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009        Aug 29, In San Francisco the Outlands Music and Arts Festival continued in Golden Gate Park for the 2nd of 3 days with 7 stages and nearly 100 bands. Ticket prices were $95 for a single day and $225.50 for all 3 days.
    (SSFC, 8/30/09, p.C2)
2009        Aug 29, In southeast Georgia 7 people were found dead inside a dingy mobile home at a trailer park built on the grounds of a historic US plantation near Brunswick. One of two critically injured survivors died soon after. Police arrested Guy Heinze Jr. (22), a family member who called 911 to report finding the people slain, but the charges were drug-related and police wouldn't say if the man was a suspect in the killings. On Sep 4 police Heinze on 8 counts of first-degree murder. On Oct 25, 2013, Heinze was convicted on 8 counts of murder. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
    (AP, 8/30/09)(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/5/09, p.A6)(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A7)
2009        Aug 29, Chris Connor (b.1927 as Mary Loutsenhizer), jazz singer of the 1950s and 1960s, died. Her 2 charted hits included “I Miss You" (1956) and “Trust in Me" (1957).
    (SFC, 9/1/09, p.C5)
2009        Aug 29, Afghan President Hamid Karzai widened his lead in the presidential race as new vote tallies were released, inching closer to the 50 percent threshold of votes he needs to avoid a run-off. The latest results show Karzai ahead with 46.2% of the votes already counted against Abdullah's 31.4%.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, Australian authorities intercepted a boat carrying 52 suspected asylum seekers, the 18th such vessel to be discovered this year.
    (AFP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he pledged to speed up the training of Afghan security forces.
    (AFP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, Britain’s Cairn Energy began pumping crude from a vast oilfield in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan that is set to increase the country's crude output by 20 percent.
    (AFP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, The EU signed a temporary trade pact with Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and Madagascar calling for tariffs on European goods to be removed over the next 15 years.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, In Iraq a suicide truck bomber attacked a small police station in the remote village of Hamad north of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. a second attack occurred near Mosul in the city of Sinjar, where a parked truck bomb killed at least four people and wounded 23 others. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 2 people in a market in eastern Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/29/09)(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A7)
2009        Aug 29, In northwestern Mexico a shooting killed eight people partying on a seaside boulevard in Navolato, Sinaloa state. Among the dead were two brothers in their 30s who had a record of car theft, Investigators were considering the possibility that the gunmen belonged to a criminal gang known as the "Death Squad," which has been killing car thieves in the region.
    (AP, 8/31/09)
2009        Aug 29, Fighting erupted in northeast Myanmar after days of clashes in which the leader of ethnic forces said more than 30 government troops had been killed. Hundreds of ethnic rebels fled clashes in northeastern Myanmar, surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes with Myanmar government troops. The UN and Chinese officials said up to 30,000 civilian refugees have streamed into China to escape the fighting.
    (Reuters, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009        Aug 29, Portugal’s government said 2 Syrians previously held at Guantanamo Bay have arrived in Portugal as free men.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, Somali witnesses said hundreds of Ethiopian troops have crossed the border and seized control of the Somali town of Belet Weyne from Islamist insurgents.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
2009        Aug 29, In Sudan an armed group kidnapped two foreign civilians working for the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur. The UNAMID workers, a Nigerian man and a Zimbabwean woman, were released on Dec 13.
    (AP, 8/29/09)(AFP, 12/13/09)

2010        Aug 29, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Washington's war strategy for Afghanistan needed a rethink. In southern Afghanistan 2 American servicemen died in bombings. Officials found the bodies of five campaign aides, kidnapped on Aug 25, who worked for a female candidate in the western province of Herat. 2 suicide bombers attempted to climb over the back wall of a compound housing the governor of the far western province of Farah, but were spotted by guards and shot.
    (AFP, 8/29/10)(AP, 8/29/10)
2010        Aug 29, In Britain 2 men and a woman were arrested in connection with allegations that Pakistani cricket players were involved in a betting scam.
    (AFP, 8/31/10)
2010        Aug 29, Chechen police killed 12 rebels as they repulsed a raid on the Moscow-backed president's home village of Tsentoroi. 5 civilians and 2 policemen were also killed in the attack. An Islamist website,, challenged the official data saying that at least 15 of Kadyrov's security officers were killed, while a total of 60 insurgents attacked the village. It said 5 rebels were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/29/10)
2010        Aug 29, In Ecuador a bus ran off a highway and overturned, killing at least 36 people. At least 12 others were badly hurt. The bus from the Turismo Oriental line had left the city of Cuenca with about 30 passengers and had picked up others along the way to Quito.
    (AP, 8/29/10)
2010        Aug 29, In Hong Kong an estimated 80,000 people marched in honor of eight locals killed Aug 23 in a bus hijacking in Manila, denouncing the Philippine government for botching the rescue operation and demanding justice for the dead.
    (AP, 8/29/10)
2010        Aug 29, In Indonesia the Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400 years, spewing a vast cloud of smoke and ash into the air and sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes.
    (AFP, 8/29/10)
2010        Aug 29, In Mexico gunmen killed the mayor of a town in the border state of Tamaulipas. Hidalgo Mayor Marco Antonio Leal Garcia was the second mayor to be assassinated in the past two weeks in the area.
    (AP, 8/30/10)
2010        Aug 29, In Pakistan floodwaters inundated southern Sujawal town as authorities struggled to build new levees with clay and stone to prevent one of the area's biggest cities from suffering the same fate. Almost all of Sujawal's 250,000 residents fled the town before the water rushed in.
    (AP, 8/29/10)
2010        Aug 29, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the head of the Organization of The Islamic Conference, said Muslims have pledged nearly $1 billion in cash and relief supplies for Pakistan.
    (SFC, 8/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Aug 29, In Russia scores of skinheads attacked a crowd of some 3,000 people at a rock concert in Miass. State new reported one girl (14) was killed.
    (SFC, 8/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Aug 29, Gunmen in Sudan’s Darfur region kidnapped a Russian helicopter captain and 2 crew members working for a company transporting food for international peacekeepers. Security forces fought with the kidnappers the next night freeing 3 men.
    (AFP, 8/30/10)(AP, 8/31/10)

2011        Aug 29, A US federal judge blocked enforcement of Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration.
    (SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)
2011        Aug 29, The storm that had been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn't yet through with the US, where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and big city commuters had to make do with slowly reawakening transit systems.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, Adult film productions in Los Angeles shut down temporarily after an adult film performer tested HIV-positive. A retest by the end of the week indicated no virus and film production was allowed to resume.
    (SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)(SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A8)
2011        Aug 29, In eastern Wyoming 3 workers were killed in an oil field explosion on a private ranch 40 miles northeast of Casper.
    (SFC, 8/31/11, p.A6)
2011        Aug 29, Chinese authorities jailed a Buddhist monk for 11 years over the March 17 self-immolation death of Rigzin Phuntsog. A court in the southern province of Sichuan handed long jail sentences to two more monks the next day over Phuntsog’s protest at their Kirti monastery.
    (AFP, 8/31/11)
2011        Aug 29, In China a female staff member slashed children with a knife at a daycare center for migrant workers in Shanghai's suburban Minhang district, wounding eight children.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, In China a mine shaft in the city of Dazhou flooded as 30 miners were working underground. 18 escaped, 10 were killed and 2 miners remained trapped.
    (AFP, 9/3/11)
2011        Aug 29, Estonia's parliament re-elected US-educated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (57) for a second 5-year term as head of state. It was the first time a presidential candidate has managed to get the required two-thirds majority since Estonia declared independence in 1991.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, In India car production was halted at the factory in Manesar after the Japanese-controlled firm Maruti Suzuki accused some workers of sabotaging production and "deliberately causing quality problems."
    (AFP, 9/3/11)
2011        Aug 29, Authorities in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir said they are dropping about 1,200 criminal cases against young Kashmiri men for allegedly throwing stones during violent protests against Indian rule last year.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, Libyan members of the National Transitional Council announced further steps to becoming an effective government. Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi, the rebels' deputy military chief, announced the formation of a 17-member committee to represent the 30 or local military councils he said had been set up in the country's west. Moammar Gadhafi's wife, Safiya Gadhafi, her daughter Aisha and sons Hannibal and Mohammed entered Algeria.
    (AP, 8/29/11)(AP, 8/30/11)
2011        Aug 29, Mexican police announced the arrest of 5 suspects associated with the Zetas drug cartel in the August 25 casino fire in Monterrey. At least one of the suspects confessed that the attack was in response to the casino owner’s refusal to pay protection money.
    (SFC, 8/30/11, p.A2)     
2011        Aug 29, In Mexico 140 elementary schools in the resort city of Acapulco closed after teachers refused to show up for fear of extortion threats and kidnappings by drug gangs. Police in Ciudad Juarez exhumed the skeletal remains, including five skulls, of seven people in a cotton field. The Chihuahua state Attorney General's Office said officers suspected the bodies had been there for two years. In southern Chihuahua state police reported the weekend discovery of seven bodies, of six men and one woman, buried together in a mountain town. The seven had gone missing earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, In Nigeria religious rioting began in Jos leaving 4 people dead.  Four days of fighting left at least 21 people dead in the city on the volatile dividing line between Nigeria's largely Christian south and Muslim north.
    (AP, 9/2/11)
2011        Aug 29, A Palestinian attacker (21) wounded 7 Israelis, one critically, near a Tel Aviv nightclub early in the day, hitting a police checkpoint with a stolen taxi and then stabbing others.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, South African municipal workers called off a 16-day nationwide strike without reaching an agreement with employers.
    (AFP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, Syrian security forces pursuing anti-government protesters stormed several towns and villages, killing at least six people including a child. 3 people were reported killed overnight in the eastern town of al-Boukamal near the border with Iraq.
    (AP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall near the city of Taitung on the east coast of Taiwan and pummeled some of the island's most densely populated areas.
    (AFP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, Turkey’s military said its air strikes and artillery fire on suspected Kurdish rebel targets this month killed up to 160 guerrillas.
    (SFC, 8/30/11, p.A2)
2011        Aug 29, In eastern Uganda landslides killed at least 40 people, including children buried in their homes in Mabono village. Two weeks ago seven people were killed by landslides in the northeastern Karamoja region.
    (AP, 8/29/11)(AP, 8/30/11)
2011        Aug 29, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned about a new mutant strain of the deadly bird flu H5N1 virus (H5N1 - in China and Vietnam, saying there could be a "major resurgence" of the disease.
    (AFP, 8/29/11)
2011        Aug 29, In southern Yemen fierce fighting over the last 24 hours killed 26 al-Qaida militants and 10 soldiers, including a colonel.
    (AP, 8/29/11)

2012        Aug 29, A US military spokesman said a team of 200 US Marines has begun patrolling Guatemala's western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to beat drug traffickers in the Central America region.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, NASA scientists reported the discovery of a solar system called Kepler 47 with 2 stars orbiting each other every 7.5 days. The system some 5,000 light-years away, was orbited by two planets.
    (SFC, 8/30/12, p.A9)
2012        Aug 29, In Afghanistan five Australian soldiers were killed, three when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on them inside a base in Uruzgan province and two from a helicopter crash. A rocket hit a civilian house in Logar province and killed one woman inside. A 12-year-old boy was kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province, his severed head placed near his body to send a warning to police.
    (AP, 8/30/12)(Reuters, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 29, It was reported that Argentine authorities are planning to shoot seagulls in hopes of reducing their population following seagull attacks on southern right whales. Seagulls around the city of Puerto Madryn discovered about a decade ago that by pecking at the whales as they come up for air, they can create open wounds and feed on them.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, An asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people aboard. Over the next 24 hours rescuers recovered 54 survivors, mostly males from Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 29, The British government stripped London Metropolitan University of its right to sponsor visas for overseas students over alleged failings in its procedures, leaving thousands of students facing possible deportation.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)
2012        Aug 29, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the London Paralympic Games at a showpiece ceremony involving more than 3,000 volunteer and professional performers.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)
2012        Aug 29, In China 154 miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan coal mine in the city of Panzhihua, Sichuan province, when a blast occurred. At least 43 people were killed and 3 remained trapped.
    (AFP, 9/1/12)
2012        Aug 29, The world's largest marine park, a vast swathe of ocean almost twice the size of France, was unveiled by the Cook Islands at the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)
2012        Aug 29, The Egyptian military said that 11 "terrorists" have been killed in its campaign against Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula. This contradicted earlier claims of having killed 20 militants in helicopter strikes.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Egyptian prosecutors said they have charged Safwat el-Sherif, former Pres. Mubarak's minister of information for nearly two decades, with corruption. An official said he had illegally appropriated villas, lands and apartments originally owned by the state and had also received gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds from chief editors in the state media in return for keeping them in their positions.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, At least 3 Georgian commandos and 11 militants from Dagestan were killed during an operation to free hostages held along Georgia's border with Russia.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, India's Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammed Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, An Indian court convicted Maya Kodnani, a former Gujarat state minister, and 31 others of murder during one of the worst massacres in religious riots in 2002.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, In Iraq attackers killed 2 military officers in Baghdad including Brig. Gen. Nadhum Tayeh. 3 policemen were killed in Kirkuk.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai warned that illegal immigrants from Sudan who do not leave the country by October 15 will be detained. Israel began expelling South Sudanese in June.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Israeli troops fired warning shots into the air near the border in central Gaza. A 42-year-old Gazan woman was in critical condition after being shot in the area east of the central town of Deir al-Balah.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Japan and North Korea held their first face-to-face talks in four years, in an attempt to lay the groundwork to overcome decades of mutual distrust.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Japan's upper house slapped PM Yoshihiko Noda with a censure motion that effectively stalls parliament and heaps pressure on the premier to call snap elections.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Jordanian PM Fayez Tarawneh said that Syrian refugees responsible for violence in a camp near the border will be deported. About 200 of 21,000 refugees went on a rampage the previous evening at Zaatari Camp to protest conditions there.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Mexico's Attorney General Marisela Morales says she has requested help from Interpol in arresting Tomas Yarrington, the former governor of Tamaulipas, for allegedly fomenting drug trafficking.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, In Pakistan at least eight soldiers were killed in clashes after militants attacked a checkpost in South Waziristan.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Somali pirates killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another to protest a delayed ransom payment for the MV Orna, hijacked on Dec 20, 2010.
    (SSFC, 9/2/12, p.A9)
2012        Aug 29, Rebels in Sudan's South Kordofan state destroyed a military camp in Rashad, killing four soldiers after vowing to step up their efforts to overthrow the government.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 29, A Swaziland court convicted a South African man of high treason and terrorism over a botched bomb attack against King Mswati III. the court found Amos Mbedzi guilty of planning to plant the bomb at a bridge of the Lozitha Royal Palace in the commercial hub Manzini in 2008. The bomb exploded prematurely, but Mbedzi survived with serious injuries while two others in the car were killed.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Swaziland reinstated over 200 teachers fired earlier in August for participating in a six-week long strike.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Syrian rebels said they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib. State television said the attack was repelled.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Taiwan's former fire chief Huang Chi-min, hailed as a hero for leading rescue efforts during Typhoon Morakot in 2009, was arrested on corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)
2012        Aug 29, Ukraine's highest court upheld the guilty verdict against former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, who is in jail on abuse of office charges.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, Vietnamese researchers said new species of fish with a penis on its head has been identified in the Mekong Delta.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)

2013        Aug 29, The United States said it has transferred two men from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Algeria as part of its ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, The US government announced that legally married gay couples will be treated the same as married couples for federal tax purposes.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, The US Justice Dept. said that states can let people use marijuana, license people to grow it and allow adults to buy it, as long as it is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property. Attorney-General Eric Holder told the governors of Colorado and Washington that the Dept. of Justice would not seek to block their experiments. 
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A6)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.30)
2013        Aug 29, US fast-food workers walked off their jobs in over 50 cities demanding a minimum wage of $15 and hour.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.D6)
2013        Aug 29, In southern California border patrol agents found nearly 18,500 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $14.7 million, in a tractor-trailer at a San Clemente checkpoint.
    (SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013        Aug 29, A Canadian tax court said Winston Blackmore, leader of a Hutterite community in Bountiful, British Columbia that practices a fundamentalist form of Mormonism, underreported his income by more than Can$1.68 million ($1.6 million).
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, UN officials said the airport in Central African Republic's capital has been forced to close as thousands seek refuge from violence.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Iran reported that its foreign ministry has appointed Marzieh Afkham as its first-ever spokeswoman. Pres. Hassan Rowhani appeared to welcome the move as part of a campaign to empower women.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Iraq a blast in a market in Samarra killed 18 and wounded 32 people. In Abu Ghraib a car bomb killed 5 and wounded 8.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 29, In Kenya a hacked corpse was left outside the headquarters of the National Police Service Commission in the center of Nairobi. A box containing a head and 2 hands, apparently hacked from the same corpse, was sent to Kenya's police commission chief, viewed as a grim warning against his efforts to reform the force.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Kenya the driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as it rolled and killing at least 41 people.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Lithuania fired its ambassador to Azerbaijan and its ambassador to Hungary after their telephone conversations criticizing Pres. Grybauskaite and insulting the countries they served were secretly recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 29, Mali's interim government said it has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the West African country's armed forces.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Mali officials said at least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by torrential rain in Bamako. The next day the death toll was raised to 34.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, In New Zealand former Wellington financial adviser David Ross pleaded guilty to running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the country's largest ever.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, A Pakistani judicial official overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. A new trial was ordered on the grounds that another official had exceeded his authority when handing down last year's sentence. Afridi remained in custody.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Papua New Guinea Steven Tari and a follower were killed as they attacked a young woman in Madang. Tari, an infamous cult leader known as "Black Jesus" and suspected of cannibalism, had been on the run since escaping from a Madang prison during a mass break-out with 48 others in March.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Rwanda 2 people were killed when an artillery shell crashed close to a market in the frontier town of Gisenyi, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Yemen suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen in Huta shot dead Salem Ahmed Hasan (29) because they believed he was a homosexual.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)

2014        Aug 29, The US imposed sanctions on more than 25 Iranian businesses and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program.
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 29, California’s state legislature passed three bills that would allow local agencies, for the first time, to curb excessive pumping of groundwater by landowners.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.29)
2014        Aug 29, In southern California Carmen Montenegro (54) was convicted of the 2011 fatal stabbing and dismembering of Samuel Wiggins Jr. (63).
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A12)
2014        Aug 29, In Florida Joel Steinger (64), the mastermind of an $800 million insurance scam, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He victmized more than 30,000 investors in all 50 US states and numerous foreign countries between 1994 and 2004.
    (SFC, 8/30/14, p.A9)
2014        Aug 29, In North Carolina Lennon Lacy (17) was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt in Bladenboro. A medical examiner ruled the black teen’s death a suicide but the family questioned the ruling and the FBI opened an investigation.
    (SFC, 12/13/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 29, China's top leaders decided to cut salaries and restrict expense accounts and other perks of executives at state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as they pursued a crackdown on corruption and extravagance.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, The jihadist Islamic State group posted video of the execution of a captured Kurdish fighter, in a warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders to end military cooperation with Washington.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since PM Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Libya's interim government said it has submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed. Militias in Tripoli accepted a UN call for a cease-fire. Islamist militias in the east claimed to have shot down a fighter jet, said to be under the command of renegade General Khalifa Hifter, that had been flying over the city of Bayda.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Lebanon received its first emergency shipment of weapons from the US.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Malaysia Airlines said it will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Pakistani officials said troops have recovered Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamia College University Peshawar. He had been held for four years by the Taliban in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Papua New Guinea Mount Tavurvur erupted early today in Rabaul district on New Britain Island. The eruption forced several communities to evacuate and some international flights were diverted.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Russia Lev Shlosberg, a parliamentarian from the liberal Yabloko party, was attacked and badly beaten this evening close to his home. His newspaper this week had reported mysterious funerals of soldiers from the Pskov region.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 29, Senegal’s Ministry of Health said a man infected with Ebola has traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500 people. Senegal's first case was a student (21) from Guinea.
    (AP, 8/29/14)(Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, A South Korea-based pageant said that a Myanmar beauty queen, who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest, has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown. On Sep 2 May Myat Noe (16) said she won't return her bejeweled crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.
    (AP, 8/29/14)(AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Aug 29, Syrian lawyer Mudar Hassan Khadur, a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldier, was arrested.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Syria 44 Fijian soldiers working as UN peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Ukraine said it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in the eastern provinces. Pro-Moscow rebels said they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.
    (Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Yemen hundreds of thousands rallied in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies. Nearly 10 km (six miles) away, supporters of the Shiite Hawthi group expanded their sit-in alongside the main airport road.
    (AP, 8/30/14)

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