This Day in History for 29th April

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 159

1091 - Battle at Monte Levunium: Emperor Alexius I beats Petshegenes
1429 - Joan of Arc arrives at the seige of Orleans
1522 - Emperor Charles V names Frans van Holly inquisitor-gen of Netherlands
1540 - Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Gent ended
1550 - Emperor Charles V gives inquisiters additional authority
1553 - Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
1623 - 11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru
1628 - Sweden & Denmark sign defense treaty against Duke of Wallenstein
1636 - Prince Frederik Henry occupies Schenkenschans
1644 - Farm leader Li Zicheng becomes emperor of China & flees Peking
1661 - Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan
1670 - Pope Clemens X elected
1672 - Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.
1701 - Drenthe, Netherlands, adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is May 12, 1701
1706 - Emperor Jozef I becomes monarch of Cologne and Bavaria
1707 - English and Scottish parliaments accept Act of Union; form Great Britain
1715 - John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time
1781 - French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence
1781 - French fleet stopped Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe Sun King of France Louis XIV 1784 - Premiere of Mozart's Sonata in B flat, K454 (Vienna)
1793 - Cornerstone laid for Groningen's new townhall
1813 - Ist US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel
1834 - Charles Darwin's expedition sees top of Andes from Patagonia
1845 - Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr, 1st blacks to open law practice
1852 - 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published
1853 - Comet C/1853 G1 (Schweizer) approaches within 0.0839 AUs of Earth
1856 - Peace between Britain & Russia
1857 - US Army, Pacific Div HQ permanently forms at Presidio (SF)
1861 - Maryland's House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union
1862 - 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Miss
1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during US Civil War
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville, VA (Fredericksburg, Wilderness Tavern)
1864 - -30] Skirmish at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas
1864 - The Theta Xi fraternity is founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1882 - The "Elektromote" - forerunner of the trolleybus - is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
1886 - 1st public Dutch electricity opens
1888 - Old Kavallison, Congo: Stanley meet Emin Pasha
1892 - Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
1894 - Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey's Army) arrives in Wash, DC 500 strong to protest unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol
1901 - 27th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75
1901 - Anti semitic riot in Budapest
1903 - Limestone slides at Turtle Mountain kills 9 (Frank Alberta)
1905 - 2" rain falls in 10 mins in Taylor, TX
1905 - Pierre de Brazza lands in Libreville Gabon
1910 - Ex-president Theodore Roosevelt visits Amsterdam
1912 - 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
1912 - Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin
1916 - Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
1918 - Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt 1922 - 1st official Intl Weightlifting Federation Champ (Tallinn, Estonia)
1925 - Netherlands returns to gold standard
1926 - France & US reach accord on repayment of WW I
1927 - Construction of Spirit of St Louis is completed
1930 - 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
1930 - North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden (biggest in world) officially opens
1930 - Telephone connection England-Australia goes into service
1931 - Cleve Indian Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0
1934 - Pitts is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
1936 - 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
1939 - Whitestone Bridge connecting Bronx & Queens opens
1940 - 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS
1940 - Norwegian King Haakon & government flees to England
1940 - Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC
1942 - Japanese troop march into Lashio, cuts off Burma Road
1942 - Jews forced to wear a Jewish Star in Netherlands & Vichy-France
1943 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer arrested by nazis
1943 - Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" premieres in London
1943 - US 34th Division occupies Hill 609, North Tunisia
1944 - Surprise attack by Van de Peat on General Landsdrukkerij in the Hague
1945 - 1st food drop by RAF above Nazi-occupied Holland (operation Manna)
1945 - Japanese army evacuates Rangoon
1945 - Terms of surrender of German armies in Italy signed
1945 - US liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau Germany
1945 - Venice & Mestre were captured by the Allies
1946 - 28 former Jap leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
1948 - Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
1953 - Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds' center field bleachers
1953 - The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
1955 - Giovanni Gronchi elected third president of Italy
1956 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
1956 - WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1956 - WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
1956 - WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 - 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va
1961 - ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
1962 - 16th Tony Awards: Man For All Seasons & How to Succeed win
1962 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1963 - KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KPAT
1964 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 - Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
1965 - Earthquake hits Seattle; 5 die
1965 - Malta is 18th member of Council of Europe
1967 - Aretha Franklin releases "Respect"
1968 - "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
1969 - "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 perfs
1970 - 50,000 US & South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia
1971 - Bill Graham closes down Fillmore & Fillmore East
1971 - Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
1971 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 - Gloria Ehret wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 247

534 - Taliesin, Welsh poet, according to legend in Mabinogion
1584 - Melchior Teschner, composer
1636 - Esaias Reusner, composer
1660 - Matthias Henriksen Schacht, composer
1665 - James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (d. 1745)
1667 - John Arbuthnot, Scottish writer (Alexander Pope)
1686 - Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)
1727 - Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer/choreographer (ballet d'action)
1745 - Oliver Ellsworth, 3rd Chief Justice Supreme Court (1796-1800)
1758 - Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (d. 1820).
1762 - Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, French marshal (d. 1833)
1771 - Matthaus Stegmayer, composer
1780 - Charles Nodier, French writer (d. 1844)
1783 - David Cox, English painter (Treatise on landscape painting)
1784 - Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1850)
1806 - Earnest Freiherr von Feuchtersleben, Austria, physician/philosopher
1808 - Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician/reformer [or 1883]
1815 - Abram Duryee, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1890
1818 - Alexander II N Romanov, Tsar of Russia (1855-81)
1830 - Adolph Sutro, SF mayor, built Cliff House, railways, tunnels
1837 - Georges Boulanger, French general and politician (d. 1891)
1842 - Karl Millöcker, Dutch composer (d. 1899)
1854 - Henri Poincaré, France, mathematician/astronomer/philosopher
1855 - Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) [OS]
1855 - Edmund van der Straeten, composer
1857 - Edouard Rod, France/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e)
1857 - Frantisek Ondricek, composer
1860 - Lorado Taft, US, sculptor (Black Hawk)
1862 - Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer
Newspaper Publisher William Randolph HearstNewspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst (1863) 1863 - William Randolph Hearst, San Francisco California, newspaper publisher (SF Examiner, Seattle P-I)
1863 - Constantine P. Cavafy, Greek poet (d. 1933)
1863 - Maria Theresa Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (d. 1922)
1871 - Louis William Stern, German/US philosopher (Intelligence of Children)
1872 - Eyvind Alnaes, composer
1872 - Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1930)
1873 - Alida J M Tartaud-Klein, actress/stage star (Rotterdam Stage)
1875 - Rafael Sabatini, Italian/British writer (d. 1950)
1876 - Zauditu of Ethiopia (d. 1930)
1879 - Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)
1882 - Hendrik N Werkman, painter/printer/resistance fighter (Hot printing)
1885 - Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Rasende Reporter)
1885 - Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
1893 - Elisaveta Bagrjana, [Beltsheva], Bulgaria, poet
1893 - Harold C Urey, Ind, physicist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934)
1895 - Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts)
1896 - Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer
1896 - Walter Mehring, writer
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington (1899) 1899 - Duke Ellington, Washington, District of Columbia, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train)
1899 - Karl Yngve Skold, composer
1899 - Natalie Talmadge, actress (Our Hospitality)
1901 - George Osborne Sayles, historian
1901 - Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (1926-89)
1902 - Theodore Chanler, composer
1903 - Frank Parker, NYC, singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party)
1904 - Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate
1904 - Russ Morgan, Scranton Pa, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard)
1907 - Fred Zinneman, Austria, director (From Here to Eternity, Julia)
1907 - Tino Rossi, Ajaccio France, singer (Deux Amours, Marlene)
1908 - Jack [Stewart] Williamson, US, sci-fi author (Cometeers)
1908 - Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter
1909 - Daniel Raphael Mayer, journalist/resistance leader
1909 - Tom Ewell, [S Yewell Tompkins], Ky, actor (Tom Ewell Show, 7 Yr Itch)
1910 - John Beavan, newspaper editor
1912 - Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor
1912 - Richard Carlson, MN, actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi)
1912 - Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic
1913 - Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist
1913 - Thomas Chalmers, broadcaster
1914 - Ewan Roberts, Edinburgh Scotland, actress (Pvt Benjamin)
1915 - Donald Mills, singer (Mills Brothers)
1917 - Celeste Holm, American actress
1917 - Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), Kiev Ukraine, American filmmaker
1918 - Mervyn Roye Harvey, cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia)
1919 - Celeste Holm, NYC, actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), (d. 2012)
1920 - Edward Blishen, writer teacher/broadcaster
1920 - Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
1921 - Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun)
1922 - George Allen, football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins)
1922 - Parren J Mitchell, (Rep-D-MD, 1971- )
1922 - Tommy Noonan, WA, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises)
1922 - Toots [Jean] Thielemans, Belgian/US jazz musician/composer
1922 - Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
1923 - Irvin Kershner, Phila, director (Never Say Never Again)
1923 - Maxine Audley, London, actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards)
1924 - Al Balding, Toronto Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1952)
1924 - Renée Jeanmaire, Paris France, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson)
1925 - Ab Abspoel, Dutch actor/director (Surprise Attack, Elevator)
1925 - Danny Davis, rocker (Nashville Brass
1925 - Ned Austin, American character actor (d. 2007)
1926 - Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
1927 - Betsy Ancker-Johnson, physicist/auto company exec
1927 - Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic-silver-1948)
1928 - Big Jay McNeely, rocker
1928 - Carl Gardner, Tyler Tx, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin)
1929 - Peter Joshua Sculthorpe, composer
1929 - Vaclav Kucera, composer
1929 - W Kempowski, writer
1929 - [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British MP (Liberal)
1929 - Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
1930 - Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 10 of 10

1885 - Novelist Edith Wharton (23) weds Edward Robbins Wharton (35)
1945 - Adolf Hitler marries Eva Braun
1964 - Princess Irene marries Spanish prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma
1988 - "60 Minutes" newscaster Diane Sawyer weds Mike Nichols
1988 - Burt Reynolds & Loni Anderson marry
1989 - Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas
2004 - "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (85) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
2006 - "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii
2006 - Ranchera singer Lupillo Rivera weds Mayeli in Garden Grove, California
2011 - Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton.

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 98 of 98

852 - Amalarius/Fortunatus/Symphosius of Metz/Lyon, bishop, dies at 76
926 - Burchard II, Duke of Swabia
1380 - Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (b. 1347)
1499 - John IV, Dutch army leader/earl of Egmond, dies
1535 - John Houghton, English, executed
1594 - Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
1630 - Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet (b. 1552)
1658 - John Cleveland, English poet (b. 1613)
1676 - Michiel A de Ruyter, Dutch rear-admiral, (Newport), killed at 69
1698 - Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)
1699 - Samuel Apostool, vicar/theologist (Zonisten), dies at 50
1707 - George Farquhar, Irish dramatist (b. 1678)
1712 - Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, composer, dies at 67
1743 - Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (b. 1658)
1768 - Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and minerologist (b. 1694)
1776 - Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)
1793 - Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi (b. 1713)
1793 - John Michell, English scientist (b. 1724)
1798 - Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, German entomologist (b. 1723)
1813 - Christian Danner, composer, dies at 55
1841 - A Bertrand, writer, dies
1854 - Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (b. 1768)
1864 - Charles-Julien Brianchon, math (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80
1871 - John Gelinde van Blom, Fries notary/author, dies at 75
1903 - Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (b. 1835)
1905 - Ignacio Cervantes, composer, dies at 57
1916 - Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (b. 1850)
1918 - Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian murderer of arch duke Ferdinand, dies at 22
1920 - William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)
1921 - Arthur Mold, Brit cricket bowler (1893, banished for throwing), dies
1928 - Henrich Federer, Switz, writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61
1933 - Constantine P. Cavafy, Greek poet (b. 1863)
1935 - Leroy Carr, rocker, dies=
1936 - Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdam social alderman, dies at 76
1937 - William Gillette, American actor (b. 1853)
1943 - Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
1943 - Karl Adrian Wohlfart, composer, dies at 68
1943 - Sidney A K Keyes, English poet (Foreign Gate), dies at 20
1944 - Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (b. 1851)
1945 - Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, German SS officer (b. 1893)
1947 - Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80
1951 - Jules Verstraete, [Julien G de Graef], actor (Boefje), dies at 67
1951 - Ludwig J J Wittgenstein, Austria/English philosopher, dies at 62
1953 - Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
1954 - Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier, dies at 82
1956 - Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
1957 - Otallo Morales, composer, dies at 82
1961 - Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
1964 - Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77
1966 - Eugene O'Brien, actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
1967 - Anthony Mann, US director (El Cid, Last Frontier), dies at 60
1967 - J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies at 38
1972 - Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
1973 - Manfred Gurlitt, composer, dies at 82
1975 - Charles McMahon Jr, US USMC lance corporal, killed in Vietnam
1975 - Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Viet
1975 - Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
1975 - William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Viet
1976 - Wilhelm Maler, composer, dies at 73
1979 - Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
1979 - Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)
Director Alfred HitchcockDirector Alfred Hitchcock (1980) 1980 - Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, British director (Psycho, Birds), dies at 80
1986 - Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
1988 - Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
1988 - Jan Kapr, composer, dies at 74
1991 - Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
1992 - Mae Clarke, actress (Public Enemy, Frankenstein), dies at 84
1993 - Cy Howard, director (Lovers & Other Strangers), dies at 77
1993 - Michael Gordon, actor/director (Pillow Talk), dies at 83
1993 - Mick Ronson, English guitarist/producer (Mott the Hoople), dies at 46
1994 - Bill Quinn, US actor (Quinn Brothers, Birds, Lucky Stiff), dies at 81
1994 - Erik Erikson, anthropologist, dies at 53
1994 - Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74
1995 - Robert Gibb, zoo/theme park creator, dies at 57
1996 - David William Eric Davis, broadcaster, dies at 87
1996 - Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
1996 - Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of Pres Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
1996 - Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
1997 - Keith Ferguson, blues (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
1997 - Mike Royko, columnist, dies of stroke at 64
1997 - Peter Tali Coleman, gov of Americ Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies
1998 - Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
2002 - Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
2002 - Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
2004 - Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
2005 - William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
2005 - Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
Economist and Author John Kenneth GalbraithEconomist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith (2006) 2006 - John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (b. 1908)
2007 - Milt Bocek, American baseball player (b. 1912)
2007 - Josh Hancock, American baseball player (b. 1978)
2007 - Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
2007 - Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor, known as the leader of Olsenbanden
2007 - Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
2007 - Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
2008 - Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
2012 - Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
2012 - Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83
2013 - John La Montaine, American composer, dies at 93

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