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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Saturday, August 29, 1998

quote   I'm not going to resign.

-- Russian President Boris Yeltsin


today's events

  • The 30-day cooling-off period imposed by U.S. National Mediation Board on pilots for Northwest Airlines expires at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, August 30, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to return from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

  • On Monday, August 31, the world remembers the anniversary of Princess Diana's death one year ago in a Paris car crash.

  • On Tuesday, September 1, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Russia for a summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

  • On Wednesday, September 2, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recalled Parliament for a special session to debate new anti-terrorism legislation.


The first motorcycle was patented on this day in Germany in 1885. For more on that sweet two-wheeled machine, click here.

  • Filmmaker Richard Attenborough ("The Great Escape") is 75.
  • Actress Rebecca De Mornay ("Risky Business") is 36.
  • Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin ("The French Connection") is 59.
  • Actor Elliott Gould ("M*A*S*H") is 60.
  • Singer Michael Jackson ("Bad") is 40.
  • TV Host Robin Leach ("Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous") is 57.

on this day

  • In 1350, in the Hundred Years war, a Spanish fleet under La Carda was defeated by the English at the battle of Winchelsea after they entered the English Channel to support the French.

  • In 1475, the Truce of Picquigny was signed, under which Edward IV of England agreed to withdraw his invading army from France in return for gold and a yearly pension.

  • In 1526, in the Turkish-Hungarian War, 30,000 Hungarians under King Lewis and Tomore were defeated by over 100,000 Turks under Suleiman at the Battle of Mohacz.

  • In 1619, Jean Baptiste Colbert, French government official, born. Finance minister to Louis XIV, he carried out a program of economic reconstruction which made France a dominant power.

  • In 1756, on learning of the Franco-Austrian alliance, Frederick II of Prussia invaded Saxony, heralding the start of the Seven Years War.

  • In 1809, Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. jurist, born.

  • In 1825, Brazilian independence under Pedro I was recognized by Portugal.

  • In 1842, the Treaty of Nanking was signed between the British and Chinese, ending the first Opium War. The treaty confirmed the ceding of Hong Kong island to Britain.

  • In 1871, Albert Lebrun, 14th president of France 1932-40, born. The last president of the Third Republic, he was forced to surrender his powers in 1940 during World War Two to Marshal Henri Petain.

  • In 1885, the first motorcycle was patented, built by Gottlied Daimler in Germany.

  • In 1915, Ingrid Bergman, Swedish film actress, born. Best known for her roles in "Casablanca," "Gaslight" for which she won an Oscar and "Autumn Sonata."

  • In 1916, Gen. Von Hindenburg became German Chief of Staff, controlling all German land forces during World War One.

  • In 1920, Charley (Bird) Parker, U.S. jazz musician and composer, born.

  • In 1939, Sir Julius Chan, Papua New Guinea statesman and prime minister 1980-82, born.

  • In 1943, Denmark abandoned its policy of co-existing with the occupying Germans and began an uprising.

  • In 1945, U.S. forces landed in Japan following the Japanese surrender.

  • In 1946, Jean Baptiste Bagaza, president of the Republic of Burundi 1976-87, born.

  • In 1949, the Soviet Union tested their first atomic bomb. The news of the test only emerged on September 22 when the United States, Britain and Canada announced they had detected it.

  • In 1960, Jordanian prime minister Hazza El-Majali and 10 others were assassinated in an explosion set off by a time-bomb.

  • In 1965, the U.S. Gemini V spacecraft, with astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad on board, splashed down after an eight-day flight.

  • In 1966, the Beatles played their last live concert to a crowd of 25,000 at Candlestick Park, California.

  • In 1975, Peruvian president Juan Velasco Alvarado was overthrown in a coup by Francisco Morales Bermudez.

  • In 1975, Eamon de Valera, Irish statesman, died. He was three times prime minister and was president from 1959-1973.

  • In 1995, Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze survived an assassination attempt when a car exploded near his motorcade.

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