What Happened On This Day In History

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This Day In History – April 29th

This Day In History is a daily feature on The Beat Chicago

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.

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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


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