This Day in History for 29th April

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 160

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
French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of ArcFrench Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc 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 United Kingdom of 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
1784 - Premiere of Mozart's Sonata in B flat, K454 (Vienna)
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe Sun King of France Louis XIV 1793 - Cornerstone laid for Groningen's new town hall
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 in the USA
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
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 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.
1864 - Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga, leaving 31 British troops dead and 80 wounded. Maori losses were 25 killed and an unknown number wounded.
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: Henry Morton Stanley meets 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 - Antisemitic riot in Budapest
1902 - Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines
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
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt 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
1922 - 1st official Intl Weightlifting Federation Champ (Tallinn, Estonia)
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 flee to Britain
1940 - Robert Sherwood's "There Shall be No Night" premieres in NYC
1942 - Japanese troop march into Lashio, cut 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 248

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

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith WhartonPulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton (1885) 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
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler (1945) 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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