On This Day

What Happened on September 29

Important Events

  • 522 BC Darius I of Persia kills Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire
  • 480 BC Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I
  • 1567 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX
  • 1829 The first units of the London Metropolitan Police appear on the streets of the British capital
  • 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual
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Sep 29 in Film & TV

  • 1948 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)

Sep 29 in Music

  • 1984 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & Revolution peaks at #1

Sep 29 in Sport

  • 1954 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire

On September 29, 1916

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)

On September 29, 1972

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Famous Divorces

  • 2011 "House M.D." actress Olivia Wilde (26) divorces Italian prince Tao Ruspoli (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage
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