- 1526 Battle of Mohács: In a decisive battle the Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent
- 1533 Francisco Pizarro orders the death of the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa
- 1825 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil
- 1842 Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
- 2005 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
Seismic sea waves created by Krakatoa eruption create a rise in English Channel 32 hrs after explosion
On August 29, 1883
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
On August 29, 1911
- 1885 Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Age of Innocence) Edith Jones (23), marries Edward "Teddy" Wharton (36)
- 1955 "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)
- 1964 46th US Vice President Dick Cheney (23) weds Lynne Ann Vincent (23) at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper in Wyoming
- 1968 Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral
- 1993 Actress Elke Sommer (52) weds Wolf Walther (46)