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Events - August 29
1828 - Robert Turner of Ward, MA received a patent for his self-regulating wagon brake.

1833 - Legislation to settle child labor laws was passed in England. The legislation was called the Factory Act.

1885 - The first prize fight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held -- in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds.

1886 - Li Hung-Chang’s chef devised a tasty dish in New York City. It satisfied both American and Oriental tastes. The delicacy was called chop suey. Who was Li Hung-Chang, you ask? He was China’s Ambassador to the United States.

1943 - "Paul Whiteman Presents", a summertime radio replacement show, was heard for the last time. The hostess for the show was Dinah Shore. Whiteman’s 35-piece orchestra serenaded listeners on the NBC radio network. Whiteman’s well-known theme song was "Rhapsody in Blue".

1946 - Ella Fitzgerald and The Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight" on Decca Records. The song turned out to be one of Lady Ella’s most popular.

1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. Senate this day (and part of the previous day). He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes. Yakety yak!

1964 - Roy Orbison’s "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released. It hit number one (for 3 weeks) on September 26th and became the biggest of his career. "Oh, Pretty Woman" was Orbison’s second #1 hit. The other was "Running Scared" (6/05/61).

1966 - Mia Farrow withdrew from the cast of the ABC-TV prime time drama "Peyton Place", after starring for two years. With Farrow’s exit, her character, Allison, was dropped.

1966 - The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It was the group’s last live appearance before they disbanded in 1970.

1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to drive in 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.

1977 - Lou Brock got the 893rd stolen base of his baseball career -- breaking the major-league mark set by Ty Cobb.

1984 - Edwin Moses won the 400-meter hurdles in track competition in Europe. It was the track star’s 108th consecutive victory.

1991 - The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the party’s 75-year controlling regime in the Soviet Union.

1997 - Four feature flicks were released in the U.S.: Columbia’s "Excess Baggage", starring Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken; United Artists’ "Hoodlum", with Laurence Fishburne, Tim Roth and Vanessa Williams; Universal’s "Kull the Conqueror", featuring Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere and Thomas Ian Griffith; and "She’s So Lovely", from Miramax, with Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn and John Travolta.

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Birthdays - August 29
1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes (physician, author: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, Elsie Venner; poet: Old Ironsides; died Oct 7, 1894)

1912 - (Patrick) Barry Sullivan (actor: The Bad and the Beautiful, The Road West, Oh, God!, Earthquake, The Bastard; died June 6, 1994)

1915 - Ingrid Bergman (Academy Award-winning actress: Gaslight [1944], Anastasia [1966], Murder on the Orient Express [1974]; Casablanca; Emmy Award-winner: The Turn of the Screw [1959-60], A Woman Called Golda [1981-82]; died Aug 29, 1982)

1916 - George Montgomery (Letz) (actor: Battle of the Bulge, The Texas Rangers, Young People, Cimarron City; died Dec 12, 2000)

1919 - Billy (William Richard) Cox (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1949, 1952, 1953], Baltimore Orioles; died Mar 30, 1978)

1920 - Charlie (Charles Christopher) Parker Jr. (‘The Bird’: musician: saxophone: Now’s the Time, Yardbird Suite Confirmation, Relaxin’ at Camarillo; died Mar 12, 1955)

1923 - Richard Attenborough (actor: Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street, Dr. Dolittle, The Great Escape; director: Chaplin, Ghandi, A Bridge Too Far; member House of Lords [1993–2014]; died Aug 24, 2014)

1924 - Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) (singer: What A Diff’rence a Day Makes, It Could Happen to You, Our Love is Here to Stay, For All We Know, Baby [You’ve Got What It Takes], A Rockin’ Good Way [To Mess Around and Fall in Love], Baby Get Lost, This Bitter Earth; w/Lionel Hampton band [1943-46]; died Dec 14, 1963)

1935 - William Friedkin (Academy Award-winning director: The French Connection [1971]; The Exorcist, To Live & Die in LA, The Boys in the Band)

1936 - John McCain (U.S. Senator from Arizona [1987-present]; 2008 Republican nominee for U.S. president; Congressional Representative from Arizona [1983-1987]; captain in the U.S. Navy, Vietnamese prisoner of war)

1938 - Elliott Gould (Goldstein) (actor: Bob & Carol, Ted & Alice, M*A*S*H, The Long Good-Bye, The Night They Raided Minsky’s)

1940 - James Brady (Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary to Ronald Reagan; seriously wounded when John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Reagan; Brady gun law [requires waiting period and background check on handguns purchased through licensed dealers] named for him; died Aug 4, 2014)

1941 - Ellen Geer (actress: Hard Traveling, Harold and Maude, The Jimmy Stewart Show, Beauty and the Beast)

1941 - Robin Leach (TV host: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous)

1942 - Sterling Morrison (musician: bass, guitar, singer: group: The Velvet Underground: Heroin, I’m Waiting for the Man, Venus in Furs, I’ll Be Your Mirror, Sister Ray; died Aug 30, 1995)

1946 - Bob Beamon (U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame long jumper: gold medal: 1968/Mexico City: 29 feet, two-and-one-half inches)

1947 - Bob Lutz (tennis: Univ. Southern Cal, Davis Cup champ [w/Stan Smith]: 1968)

1949 - Tony Greene (football: Buffalo Bills)

1950 - Doug (Douglas Vernon) DeCinces (baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1979], California Angels [all-star: 1983], SL Cardinals)

1958 - Michael (Joe) Jackson (‘King of Pop’: singer: group: The Jackson Five: I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There, solo: Ben; Grammy Award: Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough [1979]; 5 Grammy Awards in 1983: Thriller, Billie Jean, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; 2 in 1984: Beat It; another in 1985 [w/Lionel Richie]: We are the World); 1989 Best Music Video/Short Form Grammy: Leave Me Alone; The Legend Award Grammy; The Girl is Mine, Stay, Stay, Stay [w/Paul McCartney], I Just Can’t Stop Loving You [w/Siedah Garrett], Rock with You, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Ease on Down the Road [w/Diana Ross - from Broadway’s The Wiz]; Captain Eo in Epcot Center’s multimedia show; married and divorced Lisa Marie Presley; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Mar 19, 2001; has been dogged by allegations of child sexual abuse [he was tried and acquitted in 2005]; died Jun 25, 2009)

1959 - Rebecca De Mornay (Rebecca George) (actress: Risky Business, The Three Musketeers, Guilty as Sin, Backdraft)

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Chart Toppers - August 29
1948
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
You Call Everybody Darlin’ - Al Trace (vocal: Bob Vincent)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold

1956
My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Allegheny Moon - Patti Page
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

1964
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
C’mon and Swim - Bobby Freeman
I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

1972
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry - Jerry Wallace

1980
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Drivin’ My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt

1988
Monkey - George Michael
I Don’t Wanna to Go on with You like That - Elton John
I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love - Chicago
The Wanderer - Eddie Rabbitt

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