On This Day

On This Day in History for October 29 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1988 Jim Elliott (US) begins 24-hr paced outdoor race for 548.9 mi
  • 1988 First scheduled Soviet shuttle launch (postponed)
  • 1989 NYC MTA opens 63rd street extension to subway
  • 1990 30 die in a (5.7) earthquake in Algeria
  • 1993 Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86
  • 1994 Antonov AN-12 having an accident at Ust-Ilimsk Kaluga, 21 killed
  • 1994 NY Lotto pays $60 million+
  • 1994 National Museum of American Indian opens (NYC)
  • 1995 Sunday NY News increases price from $1.00 to $1.25
  • 1997 Iraq's Revolution Command Council announces that it will no longer allow US citizens and US aircraft to serve with UN arms inspection teams
  • 1998 Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
  • 1998 En route Adana to Ankara, Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers hijacked by Kurdish militant, orders pilot fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking hijacker he was landing in Sofia to refuel.
  • 1998 Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.

InventionScientific Discovery

1998 Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • 1999 Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical super cyclone hits Odisha, India, death toll 9,885, wind speed of 300 mph
  • 2001 ExxonMobil announces that a consortium it leads will spend $4 billion over 5 years to develop large offshore oil and natural gas fields in Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region

  • 2002 Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1,500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
  • 2004 In Rome, 25 European heads of state sign a Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2005 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
  • 2007 Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
  • 2008 Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world's largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 10th century Archimedes Palimpsest, featuring lost works of Archimedes, made freely available on the web, 10 years after bought by unknown tech figure

Mathematician and Inventor Archimedes
Mathematician and Inventor
Archimedes
  • 2011 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close
  • 2012 Publishing companies Penguin and Random House merge to form the world's largest publisher
  • 2015 China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years
  • 2015 Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil's presidential election defeating Fernando Haddad

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 New mega airport opened in Istanbul by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, planning to be world' busiest with 90 million passengers by 2021

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces she will not seek re-election in 2021 and step down as party leader

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • 2018 Japanese Princess Ayako of Japan marries commoner Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, giving up her royal status
  • 2018 World Scrabble Championship won for the fourth time by New Zealand Malaysian Nigel Richards with the word "groutier" (bad-tempered)
  • 2018 New research says cacao tree first used in Ecuador by Mayo Chinchipe culture, 5000 years ago, not in central America as previously thought
  • 2018 Storms in Italy kill at least 11 with 75% of Venice flooded and two tornadoes striking Terracina
  • 2018 Lion Air flight JT 610 crashes into the sea just after takeoff near Jakarta, Indonesia, with the loss of all 189 on board
  • 2019 Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns after two weeks of nationwide protests and an economic crisis
  • 2019 Rising seas could endanger 150 million people worldwide, three times more than previously thought, according study by Climate Central published in "Nature Communications"
  • 2019 1.5 million people without power in California as utility company turns power off to try and avoid sparking more wildfires
  • 2020 India records more than 8 million COVID-19 cases, the second country after the US, with a death toll of 120,527
  • 2020 Former leader Jeremy Corbyn is suspended from the British Labour Party after saying a report into antisemitism in the party was "overstated"
  • 2020 South Australian government axes the Adelaide 500 from 2021 Supercars Championship due to COVID-19 and falling revenue

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