On This Day

January 1929 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 2 US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
  • Jan 5 Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia
  • Jan 6 Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia

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Jan 6 Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India's poorest

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Jan 7 "Buck Rogers" sci-fi comic strip's 1st appearance in a newspaper
  • Jan 7 "Tarzan", one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears

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Jan 7 Croatian nationalist movement, Ustaša founded by Ante Pavelić in exile in Italy

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • Jan 8 1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies
  • Jan 8 "Man with a Movie Camera", Soviet experimental documentary film directed by Dziga Vertov, is released
  • Jan 9 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions
  • Jan 10 Elmer Rice's "Street Scene" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana
  • Jan 13 Humanist Society established, Hollywood, California
  • Jan 14 Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign
  • Jan 17 Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip "Thimble Theater"
  • Jan 18 "NY Daily Mirror" columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio
  • Jan 19 Acadia National Park, Maine established
  • Jan 19 Clas Thunberg skates world record 500m in 42.8 sec
  • Jan 20 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, "In Old Arizona"
  • Jan 21 Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End" premieres in London
  • Jan 26 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence
  • Jan 29 Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA
  • Jan 31 Erich Maria Remarque publishes "Im Westen nichts Neues" in Berlin

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Jan 31 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Holling Gustav Vapor, character on Northern Exposure
  • Jan 3 Marilyn Lloyd, (Rep-D-TN, 1975- )
  • Jan 3 Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns (The Man with No Name trilogy), born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1989)
  • Jan 4 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • Jan 4 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist
  • Jan 6 Babrak Karmal, Afghani politician installed as President after Soviet invasion, born in Afghanistan (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Heiner Muller, German dramatist, born in Eppendorf, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Jan 9 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), born in Omagh, County Tyrone (d. 2015)
  • Jan 9 Dorothea Puente, American serial killer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2011)
  • Jan 12 Alasdair MacIntyre, Scottish-born American philosopher, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestMartin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 16 Allard Lowenstein, radical (Students for Democratic Action)
  • Jan 20 Bob Denard, French soldier & mercenary, born in Grayan-et-l'Hôpital, France (d. 2007)
  • Jan 22 Rita Gillespie, British pioneering TV director, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Jan 23 John Polanyi, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 23 Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate
  • Jan 26 Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist (Passionella)/author (Little Murders), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Richard Du Cann, English lawyer and QC, born in London (d. 1993)
  • Jan 27 Mohamed Al Fayed, Egyptian business magnate (Harrods), born in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Jan 27 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist (d. 1984)
  • Jan 28 Claes Oldenburg, US pop artist (Alphabet/Good Humor), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 29 Elio Petri, Italian director (Property is no theft)
  • Jan 30 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian surgeon & international aid worker, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Jan 31 Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 28 Mobster Bugsy Siegel (23) weds childhood sweetheart Esta Krakower

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • Jan 30 Mitford sister Diana Mitford (18) marries Irish peer Bryan Walter Guinness (23) in the British society wedding of the year

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Erich Wichmann, Dutch fascist painter & sculptor, dies at 38
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Nikolaevich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia and general in World War I (1914-18), dies at 72
  • Jan 7 Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright (Silver King), dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Heiner Muller, writer, dies
  • Jan 11 Julio Antonio Mella, Cuban revolutionary, murdered at about 28

Person of interestWyatt Earp

Jan 13 Wyatt Earp, US marshall (OK Corral), dies at 80

Frontier lawman Wyatt Earp
Frontier lawman
Wyatt Earp
  • Jan 13 H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
  • Jan 14 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (b. 1873)
  • Jan 24 Willem Royaards, Dutch theater director (Adam in Ballingschap), dies at 62