On This Day

Historical Events on September 29 (Part 2)

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  • 1972 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)
  • 1973 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33
  • 1973 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1
  • 1973 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • 1973 Soyuz 12 returns to Earth
  • 1974 New York City Marathon: Norbert Sander wins men's race in 2:26:30; Katherine Switzer takes out women's event in 3:07:29
  • 1975 "Three For Money" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1975 Jackie Wilson, slips into an irreversible coma; he dies in 1984
  • 1975 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1975 WGPR-TV Detroit, 1st Black-owned station in US, began broadcasting
  • 1975 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush becomes American television's first African-American weathercaster.
  • 1975 Soul singer Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack while singing on stage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; he survives, but never fully recovers
  • 1976 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1976 2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law

Music History

1976 Boy George expelled from school

  • 1976 San Francisco Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
  • 1976 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon

Sports History

1976 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Los Angeles Dodgers manager

  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Music History

1976 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

  • 1977 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1
  • 1977 Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship

Music History

1977 James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid & overworked

Boxing Title Fight

1977 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1977 Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1977 Soviet space station Salyut 6 launched into Earth orbit
  • 1978 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • 1978 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1979 "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
  • 1979 "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • 1979 "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
  • 1979 "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
  • 1979 "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12

Music History

1979 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • 1979 "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
  • 1979 "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
  • 1979 "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
  • 1979 "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
  • 1979 "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22
  • 1979 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • 1979 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong
  • 1979 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival
  • 1979 LA Dodger Manny Mota hits record 146th pinch hit

Papal Visit

1979 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

  • 1980 Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen
  • 1982 1st broadcast of comedy "Cheers" on NBC-TV starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long
  • 1982 Cyanide laced Tylenol capsules kills 7 in Chicago
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1983 "A Chorus Line" with 3,389 performances becomes the then longest-running Broadway show
  • 1983 Beirut airport reopens

Historic Event

1983 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon

  • 1983 Oakland A's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 1984 "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • 1984 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
  • 1984 "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
  • 1984 "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66
  • 1984 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & Revolution peaks at #1
  • 1984 "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
  • 1984 "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
  • 1984 "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14
  • 1984 "Yes Or No" by Go-Go's peak at #84

Film & TV History

1984 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic

  • 1985 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," returns to NBC-TV

Television Debut

1985 "Amazing Stories" by Steven Spielberg, debuts on NBC-TV

  • 1985 "MacGyver" starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 1985 1st of 5 cyanide-laced Tylenol victims dies
  • 1985 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!
  • 1985 Houston QB Warren Moon sacked NFL tying record 12 times (by Cowboys)
  • 1986 "Airwolf" TV Adventure; moves to USA
  • 1986 "Designing Women" TV comedy, debuts on CBS

Sports History

1986 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

  • 1986 Indians Jay Bell is 10th to hit a HR on 1st major league pitch he sees
  • 1986 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • 1986 USSR releases American journalist Nicholas Daniloff confined on spy charges
  • 1986 NBC true life drama "Adam: His Song Continues" premieres, sequel to "Adam" (1983)

#1 in the Charts

1987 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1

  • 1987 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV

Baseball Record

1987 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year

  • 1988 26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched
  • 1988 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1988 American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner sets women's 200m world record 21.34; completes sprint double at the Seoul Olympics
  • 1988 UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
  • 1988 Union Station reopens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1988 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics by taking the long jump with an Olympic record leap of 7.40m; previously won the heptathlon
  • 1988 East German athlete Christian Schenk beats countryman Torsten Voss by 89 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; Canadian Dave Steen is another 71 points back in third place
  • 1988 US men's basketball team beats Australia 78-49 to take the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics; last time US represented by a team that doesn't feature NBA players
  • 1988 US retain women's basketball title at he Seoul Olympics with a 77-70 win over Yugoslavia; star guard Teresa Edwards top scores for the Americans with 18 points

Music History

1989 Glenn Frey joins Eagles bandmate Don Henley on stage, for 1st time since 1981

Film & TV History

1989 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

  • 1990 "Love & Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
  • 1990 "Street Scene" closes at NY State Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1990 Reds are 1st NL team to clinch title, staying in 1st place all year
  • 1990 US Secretary of State James Baker meets with Vietnam's foreign minister
  • 1990 Washington National Cathedral construction is completed after 83 years

Historic Event

1990 "Millie's Book" written by 1st Lady Barbara Bush for president's dog is a best-selling non-fiction book

  • 1990 The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time

Film Premier

1991 Gus Van Sant's film "My Own Private Idaho" starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix premieres

Ryder Cup

1991 Ryder Cup Golf, Kiahwa Island GR: US beats Europe, 14½-13½; Bernhard Langer misses 6-foot par putt which would have clinched 14-all tie and retained Cup for Europe

  • 1991 Pat Bradley wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic at the Los Coyotes CC; her third LPGA title of the month
  • 1992 Atlanta Braves wins 2nd straight NL West title

Sports History

1992 Magic Johnson announces return to play basketball (he doesn't)

  • 1992 Brazilian Parliament suspends President Fernando Collor de Mello
  • 1993 "Grace Under Fire" starring Brett Butler debuts on ABC-TV

Music Awards

1993 27th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill wins

Murder of Interest

1994 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)

  • 1994 House votes to end lobbyists buying meals & entertainment for Congress
  • 1994 Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1995 Indians break 1902 Pirates record for largest lead over 2nd-place team (KC) (27½ games)
  • 1995 Trial for former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson sent to the jury
  • 1995 Saleem Elahi scores century on ODI debut, Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1995 US space probe Ulyssus completes 2nd passage behind Sun
  • 1996 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • 1996 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)

Music History

1996 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour in Houston Texas

  • 1996 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 HRs

Sports History

1996 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34

  • 1996 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)
  • 1996 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • 1996 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title

Federation Cup

1996 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title

  • 1997 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins

Album Release

1997 Robbie Williams releases his first solo album "Life thru a Lens" features single "Angels"

Album Release

1998 Mercury Records releases Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's collaborative album "Painted from Memory"

Album Release

1998 Reprise Records releases "Taming The Tiger", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 16th studio album

  • 2000 "In the Mood for Love", Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung released
  • 2001 The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication

Farm Aid Concert

2001 Farm Aid 14 held in Noblesville, Indiana; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Doobie Brothers, and Martina McBride

  • 2002 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe wins 15½-12½ after teams tied at 8 points going into Sunday singles matches
  • 2002 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander sets NFL record for most touchdowns in a half with 5 in 1st half of 48-23 win v Minnesota Vikings at Seahawks Stadium; runs for 4 plus 80-yard reception
  • 2003 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.
  • 2004 Asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth
  • 2004 The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize
  • 2005 Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season
  • 2005 Amnesty referendum in Algeria
  • 2006 US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced
  • 2007 Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, the magnox reactor and Calder hall demolished in a controlled explosion
  • 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual
  • 2009 An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami
  • 2009 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a third and final Mercury flyby

Film & TV History

2010 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller become engaged

  • 2013 42 people are killed by Boko Harem in a college attack in Gujba, Nigeria
  • 2013 16 people are killed by a Syrian Army air strike that hit a secondary school in Raqqa, Syria
  • 2014 Ashraf Ghani becomes President of Afghanistan
  • 2017 Mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats prompt US to warn citizens not to travel to Cuba and pull some embassy staff
  • 2018 NY Yankees Venezuelan 2nd baseman Gleyber Torres smashes a 2-run homer in 8-5 win v Boston at Fenway Park; Yankees MLB record 265th homer of the season; Giancarlo Stanton adds #266 in 7th

Music History

2018 Rapper Kanye West announces on Twitter he is changing his name to Ye

Historic Event

2018 Large demonstrations across Brazil against far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro

  • 2019 In Austrian general election conservative People's Party led by Sebastian Kurz the leading party with 38% of the vote
  • 2019 Houthi rebels from Yemen claim they have killed 500 Saudi soldiers and captured 2,000 along with military a convoy in Najran region, Saudi Arabia
  • 2020 Scientists confirm the existence of three new underground lakes on Mars using radar on Esa's Mars Express spacecraft

Historic Event

2020 First debate between US Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden held, widely criticized as chaotic and ill-tempered

  • 2021 Tunisian President Kais Saied appoints Najla Bouden Romdhan as Tunisia's and the Arab world's first female prime minister
  • 2021 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declares 23 species of bird, fish and other wildlife extinct, including the ivory-billed woodpecker

Music History

2021 Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears suspended as her conservator by a judge in Los Angeles after claims of abuse

  • 2021 Prison riot between rival drug cartels in Litoral penitentiary, Ecuador, results in 116 deaths, with some beheaded or decapitated