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Monday, August 29, 2005

Today in History: August 29

1632: English political economist and philosopher John Locke is born in at Wrington in Somerset.

1769: Edmond Hoyle, a man who gave up training as a barrister to become a whist tutor and authoritative author on games, dies at age 97.  In 1979 he’ll be a charter inductee to the Poker Hall of Fame at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.

1786: Angry farmers, calling for lower taxes, higher inflation, and elected judges, rebel in western Massachusetts under the leadership of a former Revolutionary War soldier, Daniel Shays.

1885: Gottlieb Daimler gets a patent for the world’s first motorcycle.

1898: Frank Seiberling founds the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., with 13 employees who make bicycle and carriage tires, rubber pads for horseshoes, and poker chips.

1911: The last member of the Yahi tribe -- and the last Native American to have lived is life completely outside the European-American environment -- comes down out of the hills near Oroville, California.  He’s taken into custody, and will spend the rest of his life living at the University of California Museum of Anthropology.

1952: John Cage, the man who will prove that a “feeling for harmony” is not required to be successful as a serious composer, debuts his famous 4' 33" at Woodstock, New York.

1994: Viacom, Inc., announces that it will buy video rental giant Blockbuster Entertainment for $8 billion.

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