On This Day

What Happened in 1929

Historical Events

  • Feb 11 Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is made an enclave of Rome
  • Feb 14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders
  • Jun 3 Chile and Peru sign the Treaty of Lima, finally resolving their border dispute from the War of the Pacific (1879–83). Chile keeps Arica and Peru regains Tacna.
  • Jun 7 Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
  • Jun 25 US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)
  • Jun 27 1st color TV demo, performed by Bell Laboratories in NYC
  • Oct 24 "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
  • Oct 29 "Black Tuesday" Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the "Great Depression"
  • Dec 2 First skull of Peking man found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, 50 km outside of Peking, China. Later dated roughly 750,000 years old. [1]
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1929 in Film & TV

1929 in Sport

  • Jan 3 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman follows up a 1st innings of 79 to score 112 in 3rd Test v England in Melbourne; his 1st of 29 Test centuries
  • Apr 16 New York Yankees become first MLB team to permanently feature numbers on backs of uniforms; numbers correspond to position in batting order
  • Aug 7 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's
  • Aug 11 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 500 home runs (off Willis Hudlin) in 6-5 loss to Indians at League Park, Cleveland

Would You Believe?

Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law

On October 18, 1929

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 28 Mobster Bugsy Siegel (23) weds childhood sweetheart Esta Krakower
  • Jan 30 Mitford sister Diana Mitford (18) marries Irish peer Bryan Walter Guinness (23) in the British society wedding of the year
  • Mar 29 American actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26); divorce in 1931

Famous Divorces

  • Jul 3 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage
  • Dec 9 Businessman Howard Hughes divorces 1st wife Ella Rice after 4 years of marriage

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