History is something that illuminates the culture and its origin. It also forecasts the awareness and how and when everything evolved and fell into pl
History is something that illuminates the culture and its origin. It also forecasts the awareness and how and when everything evolved and fell into place. It not only helps us trace the origins of the past but also helps us understand it better which leads to an understanding of the present in a more desirable way. We, through this Today bring to you the milestones achieved each day. Let us now read the historical milestones of August 29:
1793: Slavery is abolished in Santo Domingo.
This event was marked as the Haitian Revolution. It was carried out by self-liberated slaves. The revolt began on August 22, 1791. The end of slavery and French rule was followed by the independence, marked with collaborations of people of all colors. The revolution challenged the long-held beliefs about black inferiority.
1882: Australia defeated England in cricket for the first time.
This was the first time when an overseas team visited Ceylon. The team was captained by Ivo Bligh. The Test Cricket Series played between England and Australia was called Ashes. The English cricket team continuously won the first 8 Ashes series until the Australian cricket team claimed the Ashes urn for the first time.
1949: USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, “First Lightning.”
This bombing was a part of the Soviet Atomic Program of 1946. This was the first nuclear device tested by the Soviet Union. They named it as RDS-1, also named as “First Lightning”. The United States codenamed it as “Joe-1”. It was held at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan on August 29, 1949.
1957: US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
The Civil Rights Act of 1957 passed by the US Congress was the first federal civil rights legislation passed since the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The Bill for the proposal of the Civil Rights Act was passed by the 85th United States Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on September 9, 1957.
1965: Gemini 5 sets an international duration record for a manned space mission.
Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission. During the summer of 1965, the United States began to pull even in the space race with the Soviet Union. American’s spaceflight record that was set two months earlier was doubled by the eight-day Gemini V endurance mission. It also tested technology that would help make longer missions possible in the future.