On Aug. 29, 1929, the German airship, the Graf Zeppelin, completed its around-the-world flight, beginning and ending at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2019 with 124 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include British King Henry V in 1387; English philosopher John Locke in 1632; author/poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. in 1809; Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in 1813; automotive inventor Charles Kettering in 1876; actress Ingrid Bergman in 1915; actor Isabel Sanford in 1917; jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker in 1920; British filmmaker Richard Attenborough in 1923; jazz/pop singer Dinah Washington in 1924; filmmaker William Friedkin in 1935 (age 84); U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 1936; actor Elliott Gould in 1938 (age 81); TV personality Robin Leach in 1941; scientist Temple Grandin in 1947 (age 72); entertainer Michael Jackson in 1958; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in 1959 (age 60); actor Rebecca De Mornay in 1959 (age 60); actor Carla Gugino in 1971 (age 48); actor Lea Michele in 1986 (age 33); pop singer Liam Payne in 1993 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1533, Atahualpa, last of the Inca rulers, was strangled under orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.
In 1929, the German airship, the Graf Zeppelin, completed its around-the-world flight, beginning and ending at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.
In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb at a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
In 1958, the U.S. Air Force Academy opened at its permanent site in Colorado Springs, Colo., three years after its launch at a temporary location in Denver.
In 1965, U.S. astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad landed safely to end the eight-day orbital flight of Gemini 5.
In 1973, U.S. District Judge John Sirica ordered U.S. President Richard Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
In 1982, three-time Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman died on her birthday of cancer. She was 67.
In 1994, Israel and the PLO signed an agreement to shift West Bank administrative functions to the Palestinian National Authority.
In 2004, the Summer Olympics came to a close in Athens, Greece. The United States won the most medals, 103, 35 of them gold, led by swimmer Michael Phelps who took home six gold and two bronze medals.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore on the Gulf Coast, inflicting severe damage in New Orleans and along the coastlines of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage.
In 2009, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who died Aug. 25 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, was buried at Arlington National Cemeterynear his brothers John and Robert.
In 2013, the National Football League denied any wrongdoing but said it would “do the right thing” and pay $765 million to settle lawsuits brought by thousands of former players who developed concussion-related brain injuries.
In 2018, the Green Bay Packers agreed to a $134 million contract extension with two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers.
“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish,” English poet Anne Bradstreet.