What Happened on September 29

Historical 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

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

Sep 29 in Sport

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

Did You Know?

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

On September 29, 1916

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

Famous Weddings

  • 1818 Inventor Samuel Morse (27) weds Lucretia Walker in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1844 New York Politician Boss Tweed (21) weds Mary Jane C. Skaden
  • 1910 Greek physician and zoologist Georgios Papanicolaou (27) weds his future laboratory assistant and pap smear research subject Andromachi Mavrogeni in Athens

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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