On This Day

Historical Events on September 29

Events 1 - 200 of 355

  • 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

Pirate Defeat

61 BC Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday.

  • 219 Batavian soldiers consecrate altar on Hercules Magusanus Rome
  • 235 St Pontianus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 440 Pope Leo I the Great, installed
  • 855 Benedict III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1227 Pope Gregory IX excommunicate German emperor Frederik II
  • 1349 People of Krems Austria accuse Jews of poisoning wells
  • 1364 Battle of Auray, English forces defeat French in Brittany
  • 1564 Robert Dudley becomes Earl of Leicester

Historic Event

1567 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX

  • 1567 At a dinner, the Duke of Alba arrests the Count of Egmont and the Count of Hoorn for treason
  • 1608 Captain Christopher Newport arrives in Virginia, for the second time, with supplies from England for colonists
  • 1650 2nd Fronde, the Fronde of the Princes uprising ends in France
  • 1650 Henry Robinson opens 1st marriage bureau (England)
  • 1678 France & Brandenburg sign peace treaty
  • 1785 Chasidic sect is excommunicated in Kraków, Poland
  • 1789 US War Department establishes a regular army
  • 1793 Tennis is 1st mentioned in an English sporting magazine
  • 1815 Dutch King William I forms the Dutch Order of the Lion, oldest and highest civilian order of chivalry in the Netherlands
  • 1829 The first units of the London Metropolitan Police appear on the streets of the British capital
  • 1848 Battle of Pákozd: Hungarian forces defeat Croats at Pákozd; the first battle of the War of Independence
  • 1849 1st passenger train service to Peekskill, New York (New Haven Railroad)
  • 1853 Emigrant ship "Annie Jane" sinks off Scotland, drowning 348
  • 1859 Great auroral display in US

Music History

1863 Opera "The Pearl Fishers" (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) by Bizet is first produced at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris

  • 1864 Battle of Chaffin's Farm and New Market Heights in Henrico County, Virginia
  • 1872 Kiowa-chief Lone Wolf captures Satanta & Big Tree
  • 1879 NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players
  • 1880 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • 1885 First practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England
  • 1898 Wassoulou Empire leader Samori Ture captured by French troops in West Africa ending his 20 year rule
  • 1902 Impresario David Belasco opens his 1st Broadway theater
  • 1904 1st monument honoring Spanish–American War erected, in Monroeville, Ohio
  • 1906 US intervenes in Cuba ousts dictator Estrada Palma
  • 1907 Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral
  • 1908 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1910 National Urban League founded as Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes by Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Haynes in New York City
  • 1913 Shubert Theater, named after Sam S. Shubert, opens at 225 W 44th St NYC

Sports History

1913 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game

  • 1913 The Treaty of Constantinople between Turkey and Bulgaria restores peace; the Turks recover Adrianople and Maritza River line
  • 1914 Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant
  • 1915 1st transcontinental radio telephone message sent by U.S. naval radio station at Arlington, Virginia. to naval radio station at Mare Island, San Francisco
  • 1915 British army conquers Chilly al Imara, Mesopotamia
  • 1915 Dutch Opera's 1st performance
  • 1915 Herbert/Blossoms musical "Princess Pat" premieres in NYC
  • 1915 Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta
  • 1915 Philadelphia Phillies clinch their 1st pennant

Historic Event

1916 American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire

  • 1918 WWI: Allied forces score a decisive breakthrough of Hindenburg Line

Baseball Record

1920 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth sets then-MLB home run season record at 54 with a 9th inning shot off Dave Keefe in New York's 7-3 win at the Philadelphia A's

  • 1920 Belgium annexes Eupen/Malmö dy
  • 1920 Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10
  • 1921 Pirates drop doubleheader to Cards to allow idle Giants to clinch NL

Historic Event

1922 Benito Mussolini asks the Vatican for support of his fascist party program

  • 1923 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pelham CC: Defending champion Gene Sarazen beats Walter Hagan in 38 holes for 3rd of his 7 major titles
  • 1923 Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park opens to public
  • 1924 Santo Domingo joins League of Nations
  • 1924 Senators clinch pennant, finishing 2 games in front of Yankees
  • 1925 French General of Morocco, Marshal Lyautey, is dismissed
  • 1925 Greek republican constitution enforced
  • 1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games; New York's 7-4 win v Philadelphia A's and 15-4 rout of Washington Senators
  • 1927 Telephone service begins between US & Mexico
  • 1927 Tornado strikes St Louis, Missouri, 85 die
  • 1928 Cardinals win NL pennant with a 3-1 win at Boston
  • 1928 Yanks (17) Tigers (28) set 9 inning hit record (45)-Tigers win 19-10
  • 1930 1st Canadian football game played under lights, Hamilton-UBC
  • 1930 Boquerón battle ends Paraguay border dispute
  • 1930 Lowell Thomas makes his debut on CBS Radio replacing Floyd Gibbons
  • 1930 NYC College offers 1st course in radio advertising

Film Premiere

1932 Film "Bill of Divorcement" starring John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn, directed by George Cukor premieres at the Mayfair

  • 1933 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debuts
  • 1935 Ryder Cup Golf, Ridgewood CC: US wins, 9-3; first of 7 consecutive wins by the Americans
  • 1936 Radio used for 1st time for a presidential campaign
  • 1937 Frans Slaats cycles a world hour record time (45,563 km)
  • 1938 1st archival course is offered at Columbia University in NYC
  • 1940 "Double or Nothing", a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net

Film Release

1940 Musical film "Strike Up the Band" starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland opens

Historic Event

1940 1st US merchant ship "Booker T. Washington" commanded by a black captain (Hugh Mulzac), launched at Wilmington Delaware

Boxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1941 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
  • 1941 Nazi massacre at Babi Yar ravine (near Kiev) Ukraine begins, 33,771 mostly Jews murdered
  • 1942 32°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in September
  • 1942 French Government in exile of De Gaulle cancels agreement of Munich
  • 1943 1st Silbertanne-murder by German occupiers in Meppel

Historic Event

1943 US General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice

  • 1943 Zjadovs 5th Gardeleger/Managarovs 53rd Army reconquer Kremenchuk (Ukraine)
  • 1944 Browns last in AL attendance, only 6,172 watch them sweep Yanks in DH
  • 1944 Soviet troops invade Yugoslavia
  • 1945 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56
  • 1946 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
  • 1946 1st time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards & Dodgers)
  • 1946 Al Couture knockouts Ralph Walton in Lewiston Maine in 10 secs
  • 1946 Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
  • 1946 NPS, Nationale Party Suriname, forms
  • 1947 Dizzy Gillespie presented his 1st Carnegie Hall concert in NY
  • 1947 Former Yank manager Joe McCarthy signs to manage Red Sox

Film Release

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

  • 1948 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • 1948 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 "Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1949 "Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1949 Elia Kazan's "Pinky" starring Ethel Waters opens at Rivoli
  • 1950 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 1950 Telephone Answering Machine created by Bell Laboratories

Sports History

1950 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel

  • 1951 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)
  • 1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20,000 m & 10 mile
  • 1951 Seth Barnes Nicholson discovers Ananke, 12th satellite of Jupiter at Mount Wilson Observatory
  • 1952 "Lights Out" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1953 "Buick-Berle Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1953 "Make Room for Daddy" starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1953 1st department store to sell insurance is Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 Balt Mayor D'Alesandro buys Veeck's interest in Browns for $2,475,000

Television Premiere

1953 "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC in the US

  • 1953 US government gives France $385 million for combat in Indo-China

Film Premiere

1954 "Barefoot Contessa" film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart premieres at the Capitol

  • 1954 "Masquerade Party" TV game show moves from CBS to ABC for two seasons
  • 1954 The first remake of "A Star Is Born", starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
  • 1954 Bennekom (Netherlands) soccer team forms
  • 1954 KALB TV channel 5 in Alexandria, LA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

Sports History

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

  • 1955 "Sergeant Preston" debuts on CBS
  • 1955 Ali Sastroamidjojo's PNI wins elections in Indonesia

Historic Event

1955 Arthur Millers "View From The Bridge" premieres in NYC

Sports History

1956 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87

  • 1956 "Oh! Susanna" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1956 Yanks Mickey Mantle hits his 52nd HR of season
  • 1957 "DuPont Show of the Month" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1957 "Paul Winchell Show" debuts on ABC-TV

Music Single

1957 Buddy Holly & Crickets released 2nd single "Oh Boy!"/"Not Fade Away"

  • 1957 NFL NY Giants play their last game at Polo Grounds, 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh
  • 1957 Passenger train & oil train crash in Gambar, West Pakistan, killing 300
  • 1957 An explosion at the Mayak plutonium production plant in the Soviet Union spreads radiation over 20,000 square miles (52,000 km2)
  • 1958 "Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1958 "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8 in US; #18 in UK
  • 1958 "Texan" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1959 "Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1959 "Philip Marlowe" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1959 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • 1959 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop"
  • 1959 Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution
  • 1960 "Johnny Ringo" TV Western Drama; last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1960 "My Three Sons" starring Fred MacMurray, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1960 "Outlaws" TV Western Drama; debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1960 "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK
  • 1960 "lrma La Douce" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 527 performances
  • 1961 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

Music Recording

1961 Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester

  • 1961 Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria
  • 1962 "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric & His Piano peaks at #7
  • 1962 "Green Onions" by Booker T & MG's peaks at #3
  • 1962 "My Fair Lady" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 2,715 performances
  • 1962 "Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1962 "You Can't Judge A Book By Cover" by Bo Diddley peaks at #48
  • 1962 Algerian government of Ben Bella forms
  • 1962 Indians & Angels set AL record of 40 strikeouts in a doubleheader

Historic Event

1962 JFK authorized use of federal troops to integrate U of Mississippi

  • 1962 Launch of Alouette 1, 1st Canadian satellite (on US Delta rocket)
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 "The Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1963 "My Favorite Martian" starring Ray Walston, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1963 2nd session of Ecumenical council, `Vatican II,' opened in Rome by Pope Paul

Baseball Record

1963 Cardinal's celebrate Stan Musial Day in St Louis, for Stan Musial's final game, where he hits his 3,629th & 3,630th total hits (475 HRs)

  • 1963 Houston Colt .45 John Paciorek goes 3 for 3 in his only game

Music History

1963 Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)

  • 1963 "Tom Jones" film based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York premieres at the Venice Film festival (Best Picture 1964)
  • 1964 Greece & Bulgaria close boundaries
  • 1965 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
  • 1965 St L Cards Charlie Johnson passes for 6 touchdowns vs Cleve (49-13)
  • 1965 WLVT TV channel 39 in Allentown, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 Phillies catcher Pat Corrales sets record by reaching base twice on catcher's interference in one game & 6 times in one season

Baseball Record

1966 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

  • 1966 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • 1967 -Oct 29] Rome: 1st bishop synod
  • 1967 Gladys Knight & Pips are the first to release Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
  • 1967 International Monetary Fund reforms world monetary system
  • 1967 Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead & plays the Straightater
  • 1967 American boxer Emile Griffith regains his world middleweight crown on points in a brawling re-match with Italian Nino Benvenuti at Shea Stadium, NY; second of famous trilogy of fights

Sports History

1968 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

  • 1968 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • 1969 "Bright Promise" TV Daytime Soap; debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 "Letters To Laugh-In" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 "Love American Style" premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1969 "Name Droppers" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 "Sale Of Century" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1969 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1969 Jackie DeShannon gets Gold Record for "Put Little Love in Your Heart"
  • 1969 Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • 1969 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • 1970 "NET Festival" last aired
  • 1971 "McMillan & Wife" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1971 Cyclone & tidal wave off Bay of Bengal kills as many as 10,000
  • 1971 Orbiting Solar Observatory VII launched
  • 1971 Ron Hunt is hit by a pitch for record 50th time in a season
  • 1971 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1972 Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations