On This Day

What Happened in January 1929

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 15th Rose Bowl: Georgia Tech beats California, 8-7 (Roy Riegels runs 60 yds the wrong way with fumble recovery)
  • Jan 2 US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
  • Jan 3 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president

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Jan 3 Bradman scores 112 v England at MCG - his 1st Test century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 5 Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia
  • Jan 6 Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia

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Jan 6 Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India's poorest

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Jan 7 "Buck Rogers" sci-fi comic strip's 1st appearance in a newspaper
  • Jan 7 "Tarzan", one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears
  • Jan 8 1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies
  • Jan 8 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • Jan 8 "Man with a Movie Camera", Soviet experimental documentary film directed by Dziga Vertov, is released
  • Jan 9 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Follow Thru" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 9 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions
  • Jan 10 Elmer Rice's "Street Scene" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana

  • Jan 13 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
  • Jan 14 Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign
  • Jan 17 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theater"
  • Jan 18 "NY Daily Mirror" columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio

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Jan 18 Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Jan 19 Acadia National Park, Maine established
  • Jan 19 Clas Thunberg skates world record 500m in 42.8 sec
  • Jan 20 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona"
  • Jan 21 Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End" premieres in London
  • Jan 25 Bradman scores 340* for NSW v Victoria, 488 mins, 38 fours
  • Jan 26 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence
  • Jan 28 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst retains title; beats Louise Bickerton 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
  • Jan 28 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Colin Gregory wins his only Grad Slam title, beating Richard Schlesinger of Australia 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
  • Jan 29 Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA
  • Jan 31 Erich Maria Remarque publishes "Im Westen nichts Neues" in Berlin
  • Jan 31 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Holling Gustav Vapor, character on Northern Exposure
  • Jan 2 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • Jan 3 Marilyn Lloyd, (Rep-D-TN, 1975- )
  • Jan 3 Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns (The Man with No Name trilogy), born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1989)
  • Jan 3 Ernst Mahle, Brazilian composer
  • Jan 4 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • Jan 4 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist
  • Jan 5 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • Jan 6 Babrak Karmal, Afghani politician installed as President after Soviet invasion, born in Afghanistan (d. 1996)
  • Jan 7 Douglas Kiker, NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
  • Jan 7 Kenneth Henry, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 7 Terry Moore [Helen Luella Koford], American actress (Little Sheba), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)
  • Jan 9 Heiner Muller, German dramatist, born in Eppendorf, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Jan 9 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), born in Omagh, County Tyrone (d. 2015)
  • Jan 9 Dorothea Puente, American serial killer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2011)
  • Jan 10 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • Jan 11 Nicoletta Orsomando, Italian TV presenter, born in Casapulla
  • Jan 11 Wanda Wilkomirska, Polish violinist, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 12 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-born American philosopher, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Jan 13 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • Jan 14 Aleksander Petrovic, French-born Serbian & Yugloslav film director, born in Paris, France (d. 1994)
  • Jan 14 Billy Walker, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Ralls, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jan 15 Queen Ida, Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 15 Eva Badura-Skoda, German-Austrian composer, born in Munich, Germany

Person of interestMartin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 16 Allard Lowenstein, radical (Students for Democratic Action)
  • Jan 16 Tage Nielsen, composer
  • Jan 17 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1) who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)
  • Jan 17 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • Jan 19 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2012)
  • Jan 20 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 20 Bob Denard, French soldier & mercenary, born in Grayan-et-l'Hôpital, France (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Fireball Roberts, American racing driver (Daytona 500 1962), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • Jan 22 Rita Gillespie, TV director
  • Jan 23 Ian Thomson, English cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65), born in Walsall, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 John Polanyi, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 23 Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate
  • Jan 26 Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist (Passionella)/author (Little Murders), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 26 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (d. 2000)
  • Jan 27 Richard Du Cann, English lawyer and QC, born in London (d. 1993)
  • Jan 27 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist (d. 1984)
  • Jan 28 Acker Bilk, English clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset (d. 2014)
  • Jan 28 Claes Oldenburg, US pop artist (Alphabet/Good Humor), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 28 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • Jan 29 Elio Petri, Italian director (Property is no theft)
  • Jan 29 William McMillan, American rapid pistol (Olympic gold 1960) [or Jul 3]
  • Jan 30 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (celebrated South African off-spinner 1949-60)
  • Jan 30 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian surgeon and international aid worker (d. 1996)
  • Jan 31 Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 31 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls),born in London, England (d. 2010)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 28 Mobster Bugsy Siegel (23) weds childhood sweetheart Esta Krakower

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • Jan 30 Mitford sister Diana Mitford (18) marries Irish peer Bryan Walter Guinness (23) in the British society wedding of the year

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Erich Wichman[n], Dutch fascist painter/sculptor, dies at 38
  • Jan 6 Nicolas Nikolayevitch, grand-duke of Russia, dies at 72
  • Jan 7 Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright (Silver King), dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Heiner Muller, writer, dies
  • Jan 11 Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28

Person of interestWyatt Earp

Jan 13 Wyatt Earp, US marshall (OK Corral), dies at 80

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp
  • Jan 13 H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
  • Jan 14 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (b. 1873)
  • Jan 24 Willem Royaards, Dutch theater directer (Adam in Ballingschap), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Wilfred Baddeley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1891-2, 95), dies at 57
  • Jan 30 La Goulue, French Cancan dancer (b. 1866)