What Happened on September 29

Historical Events

  • 522 BC Darius I of Persia kills Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire
  • 480 BC Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I
  • 1567 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX
  • 1829 British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel establishes London's Metropolitan Police - hence the nicknames "bobbies" and "peelers"
  • 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual
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Did You Know?

American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire

On September 29, 1916

Famous Weddings

  • 1818 Inventor Samuel Morse (27) weds Lucretia Walker in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1844 Politician Boss Tweed (21) weds Mary Jane C Skaden
  • 1926 US actress Norma Shearer weds film producer Irving Thalberg
  • 1930 Singer and actor Bing Crosby marries Dixie Lee
  • 1933 NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig (30) weds Eleanor Twitchell in New Rochelle, New York

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 "House M.D." actress Olivia Wilde (26) divorces Italian prince Tao Ruspoli (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage
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