Friday 29 August 2014, 21:20:12
29 August 708
: Copper coins are minted for the first time in Japan.
29 August 1632
: John Locke, English philosopher, is born in Wrington.
29 August 1728
: Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede founds the settlement of Godthåb or Good Hope in Greenland, renamed Nuuk by the Greenland Home Rule government on 1 May 1979.
29 August 1833
: The British Empire legislates the abolition of slavery.
29 August 1842
: The Treaty of Nanking ends the First Opium War with China handing over Hong Kong over to the British.
29 August 1949
: The Cold War arms race goes nuclear with the first fission weapon test by the USSR.
29 August 1958
: Michael Jackson, American singer and dancer, is born in Gary, Indiana.
29 August 2005
: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in Louisiana, one of the deadliest cyclones and the costliest natural disaster in American history.