On This Day

What Happened in August 1929

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Philadelphia 1st baseman Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR in Phillies' 2-0 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Aug 4 60,000 SA'ers/SS'ers march by Munich
  • Aug 4 Cleveland Indians, trailing 6-5 in 9th with 2 outs score AL record tying 9 runs, beat NY Yankees 14-6
  • Aug 4 Jones Beach in NY opens
  • Aug 6 Young Plan, which sought to settle German reparations debts after World War I, is agreed
  • Aug 7 Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms Dutch government

Baseball Record

Aug 7 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's

  • Aug 8 Salem Oregon airport dedicated
  • Aug 10 Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd & last NL win
  • Aug 11 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 500 home runs (off Willis Hudlin) in 6-5 loss to Indians at League Park, Cleveland
  • Aug 11 Persia & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Aug 11 Russian-Chinese border fights
  • Aug 14 Jewish Agency for Palestine forms
  • Aug 20 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
  • Aug 21 Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town
  • Aug 23 Arabs attack Jews in Israel
  • Aug 24 Palestinians attack orthodox Jews in Jerusalem
  • Aug 24 Turkey & Persia sign friendship treaty

US Open Women's Tennis

Aug 24 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats England's Phoebe Holcroft Watson 6-4, 6-2 for her 3rd straight and 6th overall US singles title

Historic Event

Aug 25 Graf Zeppelin passes over San Francisco for Los Angeles after trans-Pacific voyage

  • Aug 28 English cricket all-rounder Frank Woolley scores 176 for Kent v Middlesex at Lord's; his 100th first-class hundred
  • Aug 29 German airship Graf Zeppelin ends a round-the-world flight

Historic Event

Aug 29 Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight

Historic Event

Aug 31 Committee chaired by Owen D. Young finalizes the "Young Plan" to reduce German reparations from World War I to 112 billion Gold Marks ($US8 billion) paid over 59 years


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Ann Calvello, American roller derby queen, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2006)
  • Aug 2 John Gale, British theatrical producer (Chichester Festival), born in Chigwell, Essex, England
  • Aug 2 John Hannam, British Conservative politician (MP for Exeter 1970-97)
  • Aug 2 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), born in Burnley (d. 2017)
  • Aug 3 Bethel Leslie, American entertainer (Capt Newman MD, Rabbit Trap), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Aug 4 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, born in Khandwa, Central Provinces, British India (d. 1987)
  • Aug 6 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Aug 6 Mike Elliott, British-Jamaican ska-pop-rock saxophonist (The Foundations - "Now That I've Found You"), born in Jamaica, British West Indies
  • Aug 6 Roch La Salle, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • Aug 7 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Aug 7 James Pilditch, British designer, born in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • Aug 7 Richard T. Schulze, American politician (Rep-R-PA, 1975-93), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 7 Ruth Carter-Stapleton, American evangelist, born in Plains, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Aug 7 Jo Baer [Josephine Kleinberg], American painter and minimalist artist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 8 Ronnie Biggs, English criminal (Great Train Robbery of 1963), born in Stockwell
  • Aug 8 Josef Suk, Czech concert violinist (Artist of Merit, 1977), violist, and namesake of composer grandfather, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • Aug 8 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
  • Aug 8 Gudrun Burwitz [Himmler], German daughter of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, born in Munich, Weimar Republic (d. 2018)
  • Aug 10 John Alldis, English composer and conductor (Duke Ellington’s Third Sacred Concert)
  • Aug 11 Alun Hoddinott, Welsh composer (Floriture), born in Bargoed, Glamorganshire, Wales (d. 2008)
  • Aug 11 Cora de Man-Canne Meyer, Dutch mezzo-soprano (Figaro, Carmen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 12 (Alvis) "Buck" Owens, American "Bakersfield Sound" country singer-songwriter ("Under Your Spell Again"), bandleader (The Buckaroos - "Act Naturally"), and TV personality (Hee Haw), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Aug 12 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold/silver-52)
  • Aug 12 Joji Yuasa, Japanese composer, born in Kōriyama, Fukushima
  • Aug 13 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, born in Grudziądz (d. 2006)
  • Aug 13 Michael Beavis, British deputy Commanding-in-Chief (Allied Forces Central Europe) (d. 2020)
  • Aug 13 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, 1 Day at a Time), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Aug 14 Hewlett Thompson, Bishop of Exeter
  • Aug 14 Louise Slaughter, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Lynch, Kentucky (d. 2018)
  • Aug 14 Oliver Neville, principal (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)
  • Aug 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, born in Amaigbo, Nigeria (d. 1971)
  • Aug 14 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2017)
  • Aug 14 Lorez Alexandria [Taylor] American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Aug 15 Jerry Groom, American College Football HOF center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • Aug 16 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (Peace Piece; Waltz For Debbie), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • Aug 16 Wyatt Tee Walker, African-American pastor, civil rights leader, chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. and cultural historian, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Aug 16 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • Aug 16 Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)

Francis Gary Powers

Aug 17 Francis Gary Powers, American spy captured by the USSR after his U-2 spy was shot plane in 1959, born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 1977)

  • Aug 18 Hugues Aufray, French songwriter, singer, guitarist, and Bob Dylan translator, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Aug 21 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, born in Schweizer-Reneke (d. 2017)
  • Aug 21 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • Aug 22 Baroness Ewart-Biggs, British (Labour) spokesperson on Home Affairs, born in British India
  • Aug 22 Harry McPherson, presidential counsel (Lyndon Johnson) and lobbyist, born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2012)

Vera Miles

Aug 23 Vera Miles, American actress (Psycho;The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in Boise City, Oklahoma

  • Aug 23 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (British Open 1954-56, 58, 65), born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • Aug 24 Willie Winfield, American doo-woop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"; “A Sunday Kind of Love”), born in Surrey, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • Aug 27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Aug 27 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Aug 28 Roxie Roker, Bahamian-American actress (The Jeffersons- Helen Willis), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • Aug 28 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1973)
  • Aug 29 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • Aug 31 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, Peruvian writer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Aug 21 Painter Diego Rivera (42) weds fellow artist Frida Kahlo (22)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Syd Gregory, Australian cricket batsman & captain (58 Tests, 4 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 201; NSW CA), dies at 59
  • Aug 2 Mae Costello [Altschuk], American actress (The Joys of a Jealous Wife), dies of heart disease at 47
  • Aug 3 Thorstein Veblen, American economist (Theory of the Leisure Class-1899), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Emil Berliner, German-born telephone and recording pioneer (b. 1851)
  • Aug 5 Millicent Fawcett, English suffragist, dies at 82
  • Aug 9 Heinrich Zille, German cartoonist (Simplicissimus), dies at 71
  • Aug 10 Aletta Jacobs, 1st Dutch female doctor and women's suffrage activist, dies at 75
  • Aug 10 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (b. 1878)
  • Aug 16 Frank Valentine der Stucken, American-Belgian composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 17 Horace Alderman, American smuggler who murdered two coast guards and a secret service agent, hanged at 38
  • Aug 19 Serge Diaghilev, Russian ballet director (founder of the Ballets Russes), dies at 57
  • Aug 22 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WWI), dies at 74
  • Aug 23 Charles Van de Woestijne, Flemish writer/poet (God on Sea), dies
  • Aug 25 Frederick Burton, Australian cricketer (Australian wicketkeeper 1886-87), dies at 63
  • Aug 26 Ernest Mason Satow, British diplomat and scholar, dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Herman Potočnik, Slovenian rocket scientist, dies at 36