This Day in History for August 29
1831 – Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer.
1861 – American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.
1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded.
1908 – New York gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London.
1916 -Congress creates US Naval Reserve.
1929 – Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight.
1937 – United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops.
1944 – 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees.
1945 – General Douglas MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan.
1957 – Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 25 hour filibuster against civil rights.
1958 – US Air Force Academy’s permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1965 – Astronauts Cooper & Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5.
1979 – Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network.
1985 – NY Yank Don Baylor is hit by a pitch for a record 190th time.
1988 – Macy’s Tap-o-Mania sets a Guinness record for tap dancing.
1990 – Saddam Hussein declares America can’t beat Iraq.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina makes 2nd and 3rd 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.
2017 – Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service.
2017 – US President Donald Trump visits flood affected Texas.
2018 – Sen. John McCain is only the third person to lie in state at the Arizona state capital rotunda in Phoenix.