This Day In History – April 29th
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There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.
Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on April 29th in the past.
We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!
Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth on this day in history.
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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1429 – Joan of Arc defeated Britain
1661 – Taiwan was occupied by the Ming dynasty
1813 – J.F. Hummel awarded a patent on rubber
1852 – Roget’s Thesaurus was published for the first time
1861 – Maryland’s House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union.
1861 – New Orleans finally fell to Union soldiers during the Civil War.
1879 – Cleveland is lit for the first time with electric arc lights
1899 – Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington” was born, he passed in 1974
1901 – Japanese emperor Hirohito was born, passed in 1989
1927 – Construction on Charles Lngbergh’s Spirit Of St. Louis airplane was completed
1933 – Music icon Willie Nelson was born although his birth certificate says he was born on April 30th
1934 – Blues legend Otis Rush was born, he passed in 2018
1934 – Major league superstar Luis Aparicio was born
1941 – The Boston Bees became the Boston Braves who’d later go on to become the Atlanta Braves
1944 – Comedian/actor Richard Kline was born
1945 – Known for her duets with Marvin Gaye on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, “You’re All I Need To Get By” was born, she passed in 1970
1945 – The Germans unconditionally surrendered to the Allies in Italy
1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married in his bunker in Berlin
1945 – Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp was liberated
1946 – Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1947 – 60’s music icon Tommy James was born
1951 – Nascar superstar Dale Earnhardt was born, he was killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001
1952 – IBM announced that it was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” They would introduce the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine to the world on April 7th, 1953
1953 – AN ABC affiliate in L.A., KECA TV, became the first station to experiment with 3D broadcasting on an episode of Space Patrol
1954 – “Night Visitor” on NBC featured the network acting debut of a future star, Ernest Borgnine
1955 – “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Kate Mulgrew was born
1955 – Comedian/actor Jerry Seinfeld was born
1957 – Actor Daniel Day-Lewis was born
1957 – Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was born
1958 – Marcia Marcia Marcia! Brady Bunch actress Eve Plumb who played Jan was born
1961 – “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” ABC’s Wide World Of Sports debuted
1968 – Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson was born
1968 – The musical “Hair” opened on Broadway
1970 – Born Percy Miller, rap artist Master P was born
1970 – Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman was born
1970 – Tennis great Andre Agassi was born
1974 – Phil Donahue’s TV show moved to Chicago, IL.
1974 – President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related Watergate
1979 – “Dance The Night Away” by Van Halen was released
1980 – Ronnie James Dio hits the road as singer of Black Sabbath for the first time
1981 – Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to reach 3,000 career strikeouts.
1983 – NFL defensive tackle, a former Chicago Bear and more, Tommie Harris was born
1983 – Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler was born
1985 – Th NY Yankees bring Billy Martin back for the fourth time
1986 – While pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Roger Clemens set a major league record 20 strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners
1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.
1990 – “Tear Down This Wall” President Reagan’s words became a reality as the Berlin Wall is dismantled
1992 – After four police officers were acquitted in the Rodney King trial, riots began and lasted for three days causing millions in damage and dozens of deaths
1992 – Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez tied the knot. The marriage lasted two years
1995 – Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris while in prison serving four and a half years for sexual assault
1997 – Cooperation in space: American astronaut Jerry Linenger and Russian cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev take first joint spacewalk between the two countries
2003 – Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) sued Best Buy for not having permission to use his likeness in an ad
2008 – Madonna released her “Hard Candy” album
2015 – With the ongoing riots in Baltimore, the White Sox and Orioles played in an empty stadium marking the first time two teams played an official game in an empty stadium