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This Day in History - October 29

October 29

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh is executed

1740 – Author, James Boswell, is born

1777 – John Hancock resigns as president of the Continental Congress

1787 – Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni opens in Prague

1814 – The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, is launched

1850 – The first store opens in a small frontier town in Colorado Territory that a month later will take the name of Denver in an effort to win favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver

1863 – The Battle of Wauhatchie (also known as the Battle of Brown’s Ferry) concludes as Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s troops open a supply line into Chattanooga, Tennessee during the Civil War

1877 – English cricket player, Wilfred Rhodes, is born

1877 – American army officer, Nathan Bedford Forrest, dies

1882 – French dramatist, novelist, and diplomat, Jean Giraudoux, is born

1891 – Comedian, singer, and actress, Fanny Brice, is born

1897 – German Nazi Propaganda Minister who killed himself in Adolf Hitler’s bunker, Joseph G. Goebbels, is born

1901 – Leon Czolgosz is electrocuted for the assassination of US President William McKinley

1905 – Novelist, Henry Green, is born

1910 – English philosopher, A.J. Ayer, is born

1911 – Founder of Pulitzer, Inc., Joseph Pulitzer, dies

1915 – Jane Addams, a leading American social activist, writes to United States President Woodrow Wilson, warning him of the potential dangers of readying the country to enter World War I

1921 – American cartoonist popular in World War II, Bill Mauldin, is born

1925 – Author, journalist, and television personality who was known for covering high-profile murder cases, Dominick Dunne is born

1927 – Although it is still under dispute, Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff claims to uncover the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert

1929 – Black Tuesday takes place, which is known as the most catastrophic day in stock market history, and the herald of the Great Depression. 16 million shares are sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out

1938 – Palestinian-American director, Ralph Bakshi, is born

1938 – 24th President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is born

1942 – Leading British clergymen and political figures hold a public meeting to register their outrage over the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany

1943 – Film producer, screenwriter, and actor, Don Simpson, is born

1945 – Disco, R&B singer, and actress, Melba Moore, is born

1945 – The first ball-point pen is sold by Gimbel’s department store in New York for a price of $12

1946 – Guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the band Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, is born

1947 – Academy Award-winning actor, Richard Dreyfuss, is born

1948 – Killer smog continues to hover over Donora, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1948. Over a five-day period, the smog killed about 20 people and made thousands more seriously ill

1948 – Actress, director, and producer, Kate Jackson, is born

1949 – Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands becomes the first African-American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia

1949 – American mystic, George Gurdjieff, dies

1952 – French forces launch Operation Lorraine against a Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina

1954 – Author, Lee Child, is born

1956 – Israeli armed forces push into Egypt toward the Suez Canal, initiating the Suez Crisis. They would soon be joined by French and British forces, creating a serious Cold War problem in the Middle East

1958 – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and editor, David Remnick, is born

1964 – Thieves steal a jewel collection–including the world’s largest sapphire, the 565-carat “Star of India,” and the 100-carat DeLong ruby–from the Museum of Natural History in New York

1969 – Judge orders “Chicago Eight” defendant Bobby Seale gagged and chained to his chair during his trial

1969 – The U.S. Supreme Court orders immediate desegregation, superseding the previous “with all deliberate speed” ruling

1969 – The first computer-to-computer link is established; the link is accomplished through ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet

1971 – Actress and producer, Winona Ryder, is born

1972 – Palestinian guerrillas kill an airport employee and hijack a plane, carrying 27 passengers, to Cuba. They force West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre

1974 – English cricket player, Michael Vaughan, is born

1983 – More than 500,000 people protest in The Hague, The Netherlands, against cruise missiles

1986 – The last stretch of Britain’s M25 motorway opens

1995 – American author and screenwriter, Terry Southern, dies

1998 – South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports condemn both sides on the Apartheid issue for committing atrocities

1998 – John Glenn at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space as part of the Space Shuttle Discovery crew

1998 – The deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record up to that time, Hurricane Mitch, makes landfall in Honduras (in 2005 Hurricane Wilma surpassed it); nearly 11,000 people die and approximately the same number go missing

2004 – For the first time, Osama bin Laden admits direct responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US; his comments are part of a video broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network

2008 – Delta and Northwest airlines merge, forming the world’s largest airline

2011 – English radio host and television host, Jimmy Savile, dies

2012 – Hurricane Sandy devastates much of the East Coast of the US; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm

 


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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