This Day in History on 29 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 29 August. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

National Sports Day

National Sports Day in India is celebrated on 29th August every year. It is a public holiday celebrated in various countries to honour national sports teams and their sports traditions.

International Day against Nuclear Tests

Telugu Language Day

Telugu Language Day

Telugu Language Day is observed on 29th August each year in Andhra Pradesh. This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of the Telugu poet Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy.

Important Events

1758: The Treaty of Easton establishes the first American Indian reservation, at Indian Mills, New Jersey, for the Lenape.

1612: Battle at Surat in India; English fleet beats Portuguese.

1931: Gandhi arrives in London for the second Round Table Conference on India.

1947: BR Ambedkar was appointed the chairman of the drafting committee for the Indian Constitution. He became the President of the Constitution Council.

1947: A conference of the Governor General and the two PMs of India and Pakistan with their military commanders to stop communal riots in Punjab.

1956: India gets a $360 million loan as food aid.

1959: India sends troops to the Tibet border to block the Chinese.

1974: Lokdal Party was established under the presidency of Chaudhary Charan Singh.

1984: Indian Airlines Boeing 737 with 68 passengers and a crew of 6 hijacked in Lahore.

1991: Second operational Indian Remote Sensing satellite (IRS-1B) was launched by a Russian launch vehicle, Vostok. It is still in service.

1992: Eco-mark introduced in the Indian market to distinguish eco-friendly products.

1993: Tamil refugees leave Madras for Sri Lanka apparently of their own free will.

1995: National Sports Day declared.

1997: B.M. Sumavathi creates a national record in the heptathlon in the Federation Cup athletics.

1998: Prasar Bharti ordinance promulgated.

1998: Sachin Tendulkar receives the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Joginder Singh Saini receives the Dronacharya award, while several other leading sportsmen receive the Arjuna award from President K.R. Narayanan in Delhi.

2000: Supreme Court releases 115 ‘Veerappan aides’ on bail or otherwise till further orders.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Jivraj Narayan Mehta, Indian physicians and politician
Jivraj Narayan Mehta, Indian physicians and politician

1863: Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy was a Telugu writer.

1880: Madhav Shrihari Ane, a great Freedom fighter, was born.

1887: Jivraj Narayan Mehta was a politician and the first CM of Gujarat. He served as the first “Dewan” of the Baroda state and as the Indian high commissioner to the UK between 1963 to 1966.

1905: Major Dhyan Chand was a famous hockey player. He is regarded as the greatest hockey player in the history of the sport. In addition to earning Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1936, he was also known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats. He was born in a Rajput family at Prayag in Uttar Pradesh.

1923: Hiralal Ghasulal Gaekwad, cricket all-rounder who played Test for India in 1952-53, was born in Nagpur.

1923: Sir Richard Attenborough, a famous actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston), was born.

1926: Ramkrishna Hegde, former Central Cabinet Minister and Chief Minister of Karnataka was born.

1928: Hiralal Ghisulal Gaikwad, cricket all-rounder who played the only test vs Pakistan, was born in Nagpur.

1943: Panchaksharam Rangasamy Pillai, professionally called Vijayakumar, is an actor and politician who began his career as a child actor in the Tamil film, Sri Valli.

Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player
Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player

1949: Koppillil Radhakrishnan is a space scientist who headed ISRO between November 2009 and December 2014 as Chairman of the Space Commission, Secretary of the Department of Space, and the Chairman of ISRO.

1950: Leena Chandavarkar is a former actress who earlier appeared in Bollywood and now appears in reality shows.

1959: Akkineni Nagarjuna is an actor, producer, TV presenter, and entrepreneur, primarily known for his works in Telugu-language films.

Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian film actor
Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian film actor

1974: Richa Sharma is a film playback and devotional singer.

1975: Binnu Dhillon is an actor known for his comic and other roles in the Punjabi cinema.

1977: Vishal Krishna Reddy is a film actor and producer who works for Tamil cinema. He is best known for his roles in action films and also produces films under his production company, Vishal Film Factory.

1991: Virdhawal Vikram Khade is a swimmer who competed in the men’s 50, 100, and 200 meters Freestyle swimming events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1952: Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal was a Carmelite nun of the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala.

1975: Adinath Lahiri, a leading geologist, passed away.

1976: Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam of Bengal, a great revolutionary, died on his visit to Dhaka in Bangladesh.

1982: Shree Maa Anandmayee of universal fame passed away. Her body was laid to rest at Shree Anandamayee Ashram in Kankhal.

1991: Swami Parijnanashram III was the 10th guru of the Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin community.

1994: Tusharkanti Ghosh, world-famous Indian journalist, passed away.

2007: Banarsi Das Gupta was a politician who served as the 4th CM of Haryana. He was a renowned freedom fighter.

2008: Jayshree Gadkar was a star of Marathi cinema from the 1950s to the 1980s. She also worked in several Hindi movies.

2014: Björn Waldegård, Swedish race car driver (b. 1943)

2016: Gene Wilder, American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author (b. 1933)

2018: James Mirrlees, Scottish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1936)

2018: Paul Taylor, American choreographer (b. 1930)

Further Reading

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