Events in History on January 29

  • 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.
  • 1732 Paris churchyard of Saint-Medard closed after Jansenistic ritual

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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
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

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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
  • 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
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
  • 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.

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

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • 1948 Pakistan Socialist Party is founded
  • 1949 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1951 Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million
  • 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
  • 1964 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • 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
  • 1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution
  • 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 Kuwait announces 60 percent government participation in BP-Gulf concession
  • 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
  • 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

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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

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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 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 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • 1989 Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
  • 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 Orlando Arena opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1989 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit
  • 1990 Exxon Valdez capt Joseph Hazelwood goes on trial due to oil spill

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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
  • 1996 France will no longer test nuclear weapons, its president Jacques Chirac says, following international outcry over tests in the Pacific
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2009 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • 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