On this day
The USSR performed a devastating test.
In 1949, the USSR performed its very first nuclear test. The test took place at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh, SSR. Overall, Russia’s detonated around 715 warheads – and there’s still some concern over how much is left in their stockpile.
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and beyond.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina made its second and third landfall and was officially declared a category three hurricane. It ended up devastating a large part of the US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. It also killed over 1837 people and cost billions in damage, particularly tearing up New Orleans.
Special Days Falling on August 29thAugust 29th needs to be honored for many reasons. And, if you are not aware of them, then let us guide you through three occasions worth marking today. If you’re already marking a birthday or anniversary – you have even more reason to make today special!
Individual Rights Day
Every August 29th celebrates John Locke’s birthday and philosophical teachings. The day is known as Individual Rights Day. Locke famously argued that the “sovereign identities” of individual people must be protected by our governments. Why not take today to look into Locke’s work and to learn more about individual rights in your own country?
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
Today’s stand against nuclear testing was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. It’s thought that nuclear testing has breached the 2,000 mark since they first arose in 1945. Nuclear energy testing poses immense risks to life – it’s hugely destructive! Today is all about gaining awareness of these tests, and learning more about how we can help protect the world around us.
National Uprising Day
August 29th is also the Slovak National Uprising Anniversary! Today commemorates the Slovak National Uprising, which began in 1944, during World War II. It is also a day to honor the people who participated in an organized resistance against the Nazis – we should remember all of those who gave their lives in service, whether you are Slovak or not.