On This Day in History for November 29

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 107

  • 526 Antioch, modern day Syria, struck by an earthquake, killing about 250,000
  • 799 Pope Leo III, aided by Charles the Great, returns to Rome
  • 1349 Jews of Augsburg Germany massacred
  • 1516 Treaty of Freiburg: French/Swiss "eternal" peace treaty
  • 1561 Lofland subjects himself on Sigismund August II of Poland
  • 1573 Don Luis de Requesensy Zuniga succeeds duke of Alva as land guardian of Netherlands
  • 1581 Doornik (Tournai) surrenders to Duke of Parma

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1596 King Philip II devalues Spanish currency

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's army moves into Manchester & occupies Carlisle
  • 1760 French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Maj R Rogers
  • 1775 Sir James Jay invents invisible ink
  • 1781 Crew of slave ship Zong murder about 142 African slaves by dumping them into the sea, to claim insurance
  • 1791 Chatham Islands sighted by HMS Chatham commanded by William Broughton
  • 1803 Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent

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1812 Napoleon's Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1813 Elias Canneman (Lib) becomes minister of Finance
  • 1830 November Uprising: An armed rebellion against Russia's rule in Poland begins.
  • 1845 The Sonderbund is defeated by the joint forces of other Swiss cantons under General Guillaume-Henri Dufour.
  • 1847 Indians kill Washington state pioneers Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla Ore
  • 1850 The treaty, Punctation of Olmütz, signed in Olomouc means diplomatic capitulation of Prussia to Austrian Empire, which took over the leadership of German Confederation.
  • 1863 Battle of Ft Sanders, TN (Ft Loudon), 8-900 casualities
  • 1864 4th & last day of skirmishes at Waynesboro, Georgia
  • 1864 Battle of Spring Hill, TN (Thomason's Station)
  • 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado militia kills about 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians including Cheyenne chief One-Eye
  • 1870 Compulsory education proclaimed in England
  • 1872 Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.

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1877 US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • 1887 US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • 1890 1st US Army - US Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point
  • 1893 Ziqiang Institute, today known as Wuhan University, is founded by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty of China after his memorial to the throne is approved by the Qing Government.
  • 1897 1st motorcycle race (Surrey, England)
  • 1900 General Horatio Kitchener assumes command of the British forces in South Africa from General Lord Roberts
  • 1901 East 182nd Street in Bronx is paved & opened

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1902 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Der arme Heinrich" premieres in Vienna

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1910 The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.
  • 1915 Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California.
  • 1916 US declares martial law in Dominican Republic
  • 1917 A Supreme Allied War Council meets at Versailles to define war aims
  • 1918 Serbia annexes Montenegro
  • 1921 Coldest day in November in Netherlands -14.0°C
  • 1923 The Dawes Commission, chaired by the American Banker Charles Dawes, is set up to look into the German economic situation and make recommendations that the US can accept
  • 1926 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
  • 1926 W Somerset Maughams "Constant Wife" premieres in NYC

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1929 Richard E. Byrd sends "My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole" (He was wrong)

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • 1932 France & USSR sign non-aggression pact
  • 1933 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)
  • 1933 Japan begins persecution of communists
  • 1935 Michael Savage becomes 1st Labour premier of NZ

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1935 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his famous thought experiment 'Schrödinger's cat', a paradox that illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 1937 Prince Bernhard injured in auto accident in Netherlands
  • 1939 USSR drops diplomatic relations with Finland
  • 1941 Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Jap war fleet
  • 1942 US Office of Price Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pound a year
  • 1943 Partisan Tito forms temporary government in Jajce, Bosnia
  • 1943 U-86 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • 1943 US aircraft carrier Hornet launched
  • 1944 Albania liberated from Nazi control (National Day)
  • 1944 John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery
  • 1944 The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
  • 1945 Yugoslavian Socialist Republic proclaimed
  • 1946 Minister Drees begins emergency rule of old age facilities
  • 1947 UN Gen Assembly partitions Palestine between Arabs & Jews
  • 1949 Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
  • 1949 Uranium mine explosions in East Germany kills 3,700
  • 1950 National Council of Church of Christ in US forms
  • 1951 1st underground atomic explosion at Frenchman Flat in Nevada

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1952 US President-elect Eisenhower visits Korea to assess war

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953 American Airlines begins 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service
  • 1955 Turkish government of Menderes resigns
  • 1961 Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
  • 1961 John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
  • 1961 Mercury-Atlas 5 carries a chimp (Enos) to orbit
  • 1962 Great Britain & France decide to jointly build the Concorde supersonic airliner

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1963 LBJ sets up Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of JFK

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1963 Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831: A Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes after taking-off from Dorval Airport near Montreal, Canada
  • 1964 Roman Catholic Church in US replaces Latin with English
  • 1965 Dale Cummings does 14,118 consecutive sit-ups
  • 1966 SS Daniel J Morrell sinks in a storm on Lake Huron, 28 die, 1 survivor.
  • 1967 British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
  • 1967 Robert McNamara elected president of World bank
  • 1970 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • 1971 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1972 Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, 1st commercially successful video game in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California
  • 1975 Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii

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1975 US President Gerald Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1978 UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1981 Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
  • 1981 Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front
  • 1982 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1983 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1987 A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115
  • 1989 India president Rajiv Gandhi resigns
  • 1990 Expos pres Claude Brochu agrees to buy club from Charles Bronfman
  • 1990 UN Security Council approves US-sponsored resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf if Iraq does not withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991
  • 1994 Seoul, Korea, celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding

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1995 US President Bill Clinton lifts ban on exports of oil from the Alaskan North Slope; the ban was imposed after the oil embargo by Arab oil producers in 1973

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1997 OPEC agrees to an increase in its production ceiling. OPEC has raised the ceiling to 27.5 million barrels per day for the first half of 1998

Birthdays in History

  • 1229 Louis II, the Stern, ruler (upper Baveria)
  • 1338 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England (d. 1368)
  • 1427 Zhengtong, Emperor of China (d. 1464)
  • 1484 Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (d. 1551)
  • 1627 John Ray, English naturalist (d. 1705)
  • 1690 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (d. 1747)
  • 1752 Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (d. 1819)
  • 1762 Pierre André Latreille, French zoologist (d. 1833)
  • 1781 Andres Bello, Venezuela poet/diplomat/scholar (Silvas Americanas)
  • 1798 Alexander Brullov, Russian painter (d. 1877)
  • 1799 Amos Bronson Alcott, US educator/poet (Concord Days)
  • 1802 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1827)

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1803 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (Doppler effect), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1853)

  • 1803 Gottfried Semper, German architect (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Wendell Phillips, women's suffrage/antislavery/prison reformer
  • 1813 Franz von Miklosich, Slovenian linguist (d. 1891)
  • 1815 Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1882)
  • 1816 Morrison Waite, American jurist (d. 1888)
  • 1818 George Brown, Canada, publisher (Toronto Globe), PM (L) (1858)
  • 1825 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (d. 1893)

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1832 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), born in Germantown, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)

  • 1833 Louis Douglass Watkins, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1834 Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1835 Empress Dowager Cixi, Chinese ruler (d. 1908)
  • 1838 Aeneas Mackay, Baron/Dutch minister of interior/Colonies
  • 1839 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright (Der Schandfleck)
  • 1849 Ambrose Fleming, inventor (diode)
  • 1856 Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, German Chancellor/premier Prussia
  • 1857 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (d. 1911)
  • 1870 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist/writer (Le petit roi)
  • 1874 Antonio Egas Moniz, Portugal, lobotomist (Nobel 1949)
  • 1874 Francis Dodd, British artist (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Joe Slater, Australian Rules footballer (d. 1917)
  • 1891 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61)
  • 1895 Busby Berkeley, choreographer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1895 William V S Tubman, (Whig), 17th Liberian president (1943-70)
  • 1896 Philip L Carret, Lynn Mass, CEO (Pioneer Fund)
  • 1897 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Little Emperor)

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1898 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], British sci-fi author (Silver Chair), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • 1899 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Carlo Levi, Italy, painter/novelist (Of Fear & Freedom)
  • 1902 Georges Poulet, French/Belgian critic (Temps Humain)
  • 1904 Egon Eiermann, German architect (d. 1970)
  • 1905 Mowbray Henry Gordon Howard, 6th Earl of Effingham
  • 1905 Marcel Lefebvre, French Roman catholic bishop (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY)/minister
  • 1909 Rupert Davies, methodist Scholar
  • 1911 Klaus E J Fuchs, Rüsselsheim Germany, German/British atomic physicist/spy
  • 1914 Edith Tilton Penrose, economist
  • 1914 Taisen Deshimaru, Saga City Japan, found several Zen centers in France
  • 1915 Earl W Sutherland, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971)
  • 1918 Madeleine L'Engle, [Franklin], US, sci-fi author (Ilsa, Love Letters)
  • 1920 Yegor Ligachev, Soviet politician
  • 1922 Benjamin Smit, Curacaos architect (St Elizabeth Hospital)

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1926 Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's 1st freely elected President (2014-), born in Sidi Bou Said

President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi
President of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi
  • 1928 Tahir Salahov, Azerbaijani painter
  • 1928 Paul Simon, American politician (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Jackie Stallone, mother of Sylvester Stallone
  • 1930 Shirley Porter, English politician
  • 1931 Frank T Mdlalose, KwaZulu minister of Internal minister
  • 1932 Jacques Chirac, French politician
  • 1933 David Reuben, author (Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex)
  • 1933 James Rosenquist, American artist
  • 1936 Gerti Tetzner, German writer, born in Thuringia
  • 1937 Johan J Holst, Norwegian minister of Defense/Foreign affairs
  • 1941 Ronald D Coleman, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1942 Maggie Thompson, American magazine editor
  • 1943 Sue Miller, American author
  • 1946 Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban poet
  • 1947 Petra Kelly, Gunzburg, Bavaria, German politician and activist (German Green Party)
  • 1949 Kenneth D Cameron, Lt Col USMC/astronaut (STS 37, 56, 74), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1950 Kevin O'Donnell Jr, US, sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)
  • 1951 Jonathan Zeitlyn, artist
  • 1953 Alex Grey, American artist
  • 1957 Matthew Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands Licensing
  • 1958 Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist
  • 1968 Jiri Veber, Kladno CZE, hockey (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1970 David Beinhoff, mayor
  • 1971 Bernadette Przybycien, Miss Illinois USA (1996)
  • 1971 Gregory Byrne, American college administrator
  • 1973 Sarah Jones, American playwright
  • 1984 Sitti Navarro, Philippine bossa nova artist
  • 1985 Taguchi Junnosuke, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1916 Erwin Rommel marries Lucie "Lu" Mollin

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

HeartWedding of Interest

1927 Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) (23) marries first wife fellow author and editor Helen Palmer (28)

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 1934 Prince George, Duke of Kent weds princess Marina of Greece and Denmark

Deaths in History

  • 561 Chlotarius I, king of the France (558-61), dies at about 61
  • 917 Radboud, bishop of Utrecht/Deventer (900-17)/saint, dies
  • 1253 Otto II Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1206)
  • 1268 Clement IV, [Guido Fulcodi], Pope (1265-68), dies
  • 1314 Philip IV, the Handsome, King of France (1285-1314), (b. 1268)
  • 1330 Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England (b. 1287)
  • 1342 Michael of Cesena, Italian Franciscan leader (b. 1270)
  • 1378 Charles IV, Roman-German King/German emperor (Univ of Prague), dies
  • 1530 Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, adviser and Lord Chancellor, (1514-29) to England's King Henry VIII (approx. 60)
  • 1577 Cuthbert Mayne, English saint (b. 1543)
  • 1590 Philipp Nikodemus Frischlin, German philologist and poet (b. 1547)
  • 1595 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet (b. 1533)
  • 1626 Ernst, Graf von Mansfield, German soldier (c. 1580)
  • 1632 Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, dies at 36
  • 1643 William Cartwright, English dramatist (b. 1611)
  • 1646 Laurentius Paulinus Gothus, Swedish theologian and astronomer (b. 1565)
  • 1661 Brian Walton, English clergyman and scholar (b. 1600)
  • 1682 Rupert, prince of Palts/adm/chemist/engraver/mathematician, dies at 62
  • 1695 James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount Stair, Scottish lawyer and statesman (b. 1619)
  • 1699 Patrick Gordon, Scottish general (b. 1635)
  • 1759 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1687)
  • 1780 Maria Theresia Hapsburg, Queen of Austria, dies at 63
  • 1797 Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
  • 1813 Giambattista Bodoni, Italian stamp cutter/publisher (bodoni), dies at 73
  • 1865 Herman van Sonsbeeck, Dutch lawyer/statesman, dies at 69
  • 1872 Cornelius Kreighoff, Canadian, dies
  • 1872 Horace Greeley, US founder/publisher (NY Tribune), dies at 61
  • 1895 Eduard count von Taaffe, Austria premier (1868..93), dies at 62
  • 1918 Harald Kidde, Danish writer (Helten), dies at 40
  • 1939 Philipp Scheidemann, German MP (SPD)/mayor of Kassel, dies at 74
  • 1952 Rosa Lewis, English chef/owner (Cavendish Hotel London), dies
  • 1952 Vladimir N Ipatiev, Russian/US chemist, dies at 85
  • 1953 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • 1959 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer, dies at 64
  • 1962 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood NJ
  • 1964 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher/author (Bartje), dies at 60
  • 1974 Haroldson L Hunt, US multi-millionaire, dies at 85
  • 1974 Ouida Bergere, scriptwriter, dies at 88

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1980 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • 1981 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, dies at 55
  • 1984 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1985 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, dies at 71
  • 1987 Howard Pyle, (Gov-R-Az, 1951-55), dies at 81
  • 1991 Frank Yerby, US writer (Health Card, The Dahomean), dies at 75
  • 1992 Emilio Pucci, Italian fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy), dies at 78
  • 1992 Jean Dieudonné, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1993 JRD Tata, Indies industrialist (Air-India), dies at 89
  • 1994 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, founded hanged at 63
  • 1994 Muhammad Ali Araki, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1995 Irene Elizabeth Beatrice Ighodaro, doctor/social reformer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Stone Cates, fictional character on General Hospital, dies of AIDS
  • 1996 Dan Flavin, American artist (b. 1933)
  • 1997 Coleman Young, 1st African American mayor of Detroit, dies at 79
  • 1999 Gene Rayburn, American game show host (b. 1917)
  • 2001 John Knowles, American author (b. 1926)
  • 2004 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)
  • 2006 Allen Carr, English anti-smoking campaigner (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Henry Hyde, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 2007 James Barber, Canadian chef and writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Roger Bonham Smith, Former chairman and CEO of General Motors (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Robert Holdstock, English author (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Stephen J. Solarz, American politician (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist (b. 1913)