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29th August

1831 Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer.

1842 The Treaty of Nanking was signed, ending the Opium Wars and ceding the island of Hong Kong to Britain.

1885 The first motor cycle was patented by Gottlieb Daimler in Germany.

1918 6,000 British policemen went on strike demanding better pay.

1923 * Sir Richard Attenborough, English film actor and director.

1947 * James Hunt, (England) world Formula 1 motor racing champion in 1976.

1949 The U.S.S.R. tested their first atomic bomb.

1949 * Richard Gere, US actor who starred in the film American Gigolo (1979).

1950 British troops arrived in Korea to bolster the US presence there.

1958 * Michael Jackson, US singer whose album 'Thriller' became the best-seller of all time.

1965 Charles Conrad, 35, and Gordon Cooper, 38, two American "Gemini V" astronauts splashed down safely in the Atlantic after setting a space endurance record.

1966 The Beatles played their last live concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

1974 At least 220 people were arrested following disturbances at a rock festival in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.

1986 Celebrating their 100th birthdays, Britain's oldest twins May and Marjorie Chavasse receive telegrams from the Queen.

1991 The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution.

1992 Violence marred a German anti-racist rally in Rostock in eastern Germany.

2005 Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans causing unprecedented damage.

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