On This Day

What Happened on April 29, 2020

Historical Events

  • A mile-wide asteroid named 1998 OR2 passes within 3.9 million miles of Earth
  • Fire at an Icheon warehouse, South Korea, kills 38
  • UK official death toll reaches 26,000 deaths from COVID-19 as care home and community deaths included
  • US GDP falls 4.8% for the financial quarter, officially ending the country's growth streak. Worst contraction since 2008.
  • World record for the longest single lightning flash of 477miles (768km) across US states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi according to World Meteorological Organization [1]

Famous Deaths

  • Denis Goldberg, South African anti-apartheid activist (convicted alongside Mandela), dies at 87
  • Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), dies of cancer at 53
  • Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), dies at 80
  • Jill Gascoine, British stage and pioneering TV actress (The Gentle Touch- "Maggie Forbes"), and novelist, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), dies at 84
  • Trevor Cherry, English soccer defender (27 caps; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City) and manager (Bradford City), dies at 72
2020 Highlights

About April 29, 2020

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 2 years, 1 month and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
  • UK #1 Song: You'll Never Walk Alone - Michael Ball & Captain Tom Moore