Historical Events on 29th January

  • 661 Rashidun Caliphate ends
  • 904 Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
  • 1258 Mongols defeated by Dai Viet at the battle of Dong Bo Dau
  • 1523 Sermon of Constanz: Zwingli defends 67 Schlussreden
  • 1574 Sea battle of Reimerswaal - Admiral Boisot beats Spanish fleet
  • 1587 Deventer & Zutphen surrender to Spain

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1595 William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed. The play was officially published in early 1597.

  • 1676 Feodor III succeeds his father and becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1728 John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]
  • 1732 Paris churchyard of Saint-Medard closed after Jansenistic ritual

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1781 Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premieres, Munich

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

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1785 In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1802 John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress
  • 1814 War of the Sixth Coalition: Russia and Prussia are defeated by France in the Battle of Brienne
  • 1834 President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

1840 First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ

  • 1845 Edgar Allen Poe's "Raven" 1st published (NYC)
  • 1848 Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)

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1850 Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1856 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)
  • 1860 American College established in Rome by Pope Pius IX
  • 1861 US state of Kansas admitted to the Union as the 34th state
  • 1863 Bear River Massacre: American soldiers slaughter hundreds of Native Americans at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in present day Idaho
  • 1872 Francis L Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina

BattleBattle of Interest

1879 Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established

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1886 1st successful gasoline powered car patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe, Germany

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1891 Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
  • 1895 King Koko's Kopermannen assault on Akassa Niger, 100's killed
  • 1896 Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
  • 1900 Boers under Joubert beat British at Spionkop Natal, 2,000 killed
  • 1900 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis
  • 1903 Dutch railroad workers strike
  • 1904 1st athletic letters given (Univ of Chicago football team)

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1905 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, unsettled by the rising violence and protest, enacts reforms to improve the conditions of workers; these changes will do little to stop disorder throughout Russia in ensuing months

  • 1906 Coen de King skates world record time: 32,370 km
  • 1907 Charles Curtis becomes U.S. Senator from Kansas, first Native American to become a Senator
  • 1908 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates
  • 1912 Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, MA
  • 1913 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, at Howard University, incorporates
  • 1916 1st bombing of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • 1917 British submarine K13 sank in Gaire Loch, Scotland; 32 of her crew died
  • 1918 Ukrainian-Soviet War: Battle of Kruty

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1920 Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1921 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • 1922 Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador dissolved
  • 1923 1st flight of autogiro (Juan de la Cierva, Madrid Spain)
  • 1924 Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland
  • 1925 British Liberal Party chooses David Lloyd George as leader
  • 1927 4th German government of Marx forms
  • 1929 Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA
  • 1932 Test debut of Bill O'Reilly, vs South Africa at Adelaide

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1936 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1940 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • 1940 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)
  • 1941 Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece
  • 1942 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC radio
  • 1942 German & Italian troops occupy Benghazi, Libya
  • 1942 Peru & Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determiniation)
  • 1943 New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • 1943 Sidney Kingsley's "Patriots" premieres in NYC
  • 1943 U.S. cruiser "Chicago" is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island
  • 1944 285 German bombers attack London
  • 1944 USS Missouri, the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy, is launched.
  • 1944 World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1944 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
  • 1946 34th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch (6-4, 6-4)
  • 1946 34th Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Dinny Pails (5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2)

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1947 Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • 1947 35th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-3, 6-2)
  • 1947 35th Men's Australian Championships: Dinny Pails beats John Bromwich (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6)
  • 1948 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • 1948 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • 1948 Pakistan Socialist Party is founded
  • 1949 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1951 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1951 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million

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1954 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1955 John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
  • 1956 F Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame" premieres in Zurich

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1957 Graham Greene's "Potting Shed" premieres in NYC

  • 1958 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • 1959 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
  • 1959 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
  • 1961 US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
  • 1961 US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1963 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1964 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • 1964 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million

Film release premierFilm Premier

1964 Stanley Kubrick's film "Dr Strangelove" starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1964 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • 1966 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • 1966 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • 1966 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • 1966 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 1966 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • 1967 "Let's Sing Yiddish" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 107 performances
  • 1967 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1967 Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ
  • 1967 WDAZ TV channel 8 in Devils Lake, ND (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1968 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)

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1969 Jimi Hendrix & Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1969 Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1971 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • 1972 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
  • 1974 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago
  • 1974 Kuwait announces 60 percent government participation in BP-Gulf concession
  • 1974 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1975 "Men on the Moon" opens at Little Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1975 First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King
  • 1975 West Indies win fifth test against India to take exciting series 3-2
  • 1976 Zeiss planetarium in Hague destroyed by fire
  • 1976 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1977 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
  • 1978 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • 1978 Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban.
  • 1979 Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"

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1979 Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1979 Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
  • 1979 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7

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1979 US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1980 6 Iranian-held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • 1980 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT
  • 1981 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million
  • 1982 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1982 Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians
  • 1983 "Down Under" by Men At Work hits #1 on UK pop chart

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1983 40th Golden Globes: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ben Kingsley & Meryl Streep win

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
  • 1984 34th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 154-145 (OT) at Denver
  • 1984 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 45-3

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1984 President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1984 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic of Deer Creek

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1985 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

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1985 Oxford University refuses to award Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher an honorary degree

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1986 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1986 Yoweri Museveni sworn in as president of Uganda

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1987 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

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1987 William J Casey, ends term as 13th director of CIA

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • 1987 The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila
  • 1988 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • 1988 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • 1988 Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • 1988 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • 1989 Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
  • 1989 Dottie Mochrie wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1989 Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since Oct 1987; index at 2,256.43
  • 1989 Episcopal Church of the United States appoints Barbara Harris as its first female bishop
  • 1989 L I preacher Gene Profeta pleads guilty to tax-evasion
  • 1989 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 34-3
  • 1989 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1989 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit

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1989 Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 77th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Miloslav Mecii (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 77th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Helena Sukova (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1989 5th Sundance Film Festival: "True Love" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1990 Exxon Valdez capt Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill
  • 1991 "Piano Lesson" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 320 performances

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1991 Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991 Gulf War: The Battle of Kahfji begins (first major ground engagement of the war)
  • 1993 Test debut of Vinod Kambli, prolific Indian batsman
  • 1995 Greg Blewett scores century on Test debut vs England, Adelaide
  • 1995 Super Bowl XXIX: SF 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26 in Miami, MVP: Steve Young, San Francisco, QB

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 83rd Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Pete Sampras (4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 83rd Women's Australian Open: Mary Pierce beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1995 11th Sundance Film Festival: "The Brothers McMullen" and "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (tie) win Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

1996 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1996 Last day of Test cricket for David Boon
  • 1996 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • 1996 La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • 1996 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • 1998 "Capeman," opens at Marquis Theater NYC
  • 1998 Singers Bobby Brown found guiilty of DWI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1998 Soyuz TM-27 launches to MIR
  • 1998 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die
  • 1998 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed
  • 2001 Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.

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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

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

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2002 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

  • 2003 Sally Clark cleared of murdering her 2 sons after more than 3 years of prison in what was a life sentence
  • 2005 The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.

Sport awardTennis Open

2006 94th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis (5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2006 94th Women's Australian Open: Amelie Mauresmo beats Justine Henin (6-1, 2-0, ret.)
  • 2006 22nd Sundance Film Festival: "Quinceanera", directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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2006 US 39-cent stamp is released featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

  • 2006 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match

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2007 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 2009 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • 2012 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 59-41
  • 2012 100th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5)

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 100th Women's Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka beats Maria Sharapova (6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2012 59th NHL All-Star Game: Team Chara beats Team Alfredsson 12-9 at Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2012 28th Sundance Film Festival: "The House I Live In", directed by Eugene Jarecki, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2014 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • 2014 Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
  • 2014 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • 2015 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident