August 29

This Day in History

1632

John Locke Is Born

On this day in 1632, John Locke, one of the most celebrated and influential philosophers of the Enlightenment, was born. John Locke was born in the village of Wrington in southwest England. His … (more...)

1533

Pizarro Executes Last Incan Emperor

Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro executes Atahuallpa, the last Incan emperor. High in the Andes Mountains of Peru, the Inca built a dazzling civilization that thrived for three centuries. … (more...)

30

John the Baptist Is Beheaded

According to the Synoptic Gospels, John the Baptist was beheaded on this day. Ever since St. John's beheading, 29 August has been observed by various Christian churches as a holy day to commemorate … (more...)