On This Day for 29th January

Historical Events

  • 1595 William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed. The play was officially published in early 1597.
  • 1886 1st successful gasoline powered car patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1896 Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
  • 2002 US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes "regimes that sponsor terror" an "Axis of Evil", which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea

Did You Know?

Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)

On January 29th, 1856

Famous Weddings

  • 1839 English Naturalist and author of Origin of the Species Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood
  • 1917 Sculptor Auguste Rodin (76) weds Rose Beuret
  • 1923 President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (41) weds highly-educated woman Latife Hanim
  • 1945 Actress Gloria Swanson (45) weds William N. Davey
  • 1958 Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman (33) weds "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward (27) at the El Rancho hotel-casino in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces