Today in History - Tuesday August 29, 2000
In 1949, at a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the U.S.S.R. successfully detonated its first atomic bomb, codenamed "First Lightning." In order to measure the effects of the blast, the Soviet scientists had constructed buildings, bridges, and other civilian structures in the vicinity of the bomb.
In 1968, in Chicago, Ill., the Democratic National Convention nominated vice president Hubert H. Humphrey for the presidency, bringing to a close the most violent political convention in U.S. history.
In 1809, physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes was born.
In 1885, the world's first motorcycle, made by Gottlieb Daimler, was patented on this day.