On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1967 -Oct 29] Rome: 1st bishop synod
  • 1967 Gladys Knight & Pips releases "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"
  • 1967 Intl Monetary Fund reforms world monetary system
  • 1969 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1969 Jackie DeShannon gets Gold Record for "Put Little Love in Your Heart"
  • 1970 "NET Festival" last aired
  • 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
  • 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 Soyuz 12 returns to Earth
  • 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
  • 1976 2nd Chamber recognizes Dutch Liberals/social democratic abortion law
  • 1976 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon
  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1977 Soviet space station Salyut 6 launched into Earth orbit
  • 1979 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong

BeatificationPapal Visit

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1980 Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen
  • 1982 Cyanide laced Tylenol capsules kills 7 in Chicago
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1983 1st time Congress invokes War Powers Act
  • 1983 Beirut airport reopens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1984 "Yes Or No" by Go-Go's peak at #84
  • 1985 1st of 5 cyanide-laced Tylenol victims dies
  • 1985 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!
  • 1986 "Airwolf" TV Adventure; moves to USA
  • 1986 USSR releases American journalist Nicholas Daniloff confined on spy charges
  • 1988 26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched
  • 1988 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1988 UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
  • 1988 Union Station reopens in Washington, D.C.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US First Lady Barbara Bush
US First Lady
Barbara Bush
  • 1990 The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.
  • 1991 "My Own Private Idaho" premieres
  • 1992 Parliament suspends president Fernando Collor
  • 1994 House votes to end lobbyists buying meals & entertainment for Congress
  • 1995 Indians break 1902 Pirates record for largest lead over 2nd-place team (KC) (27½ games)
  • 1995 Saleem Elahi scores century on ODI debut, Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1995 US space probe Ulyssus completes 2nd passage behind Sun
  • 1996 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)
  • 1997 Jury selection in Terry Nichols Oklahoma bombing trial begins
  • 2001 The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.
  • 2003 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.
  • 2004 The 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 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 was 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

  • 1939 Eberhard Koellner, German DR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 31 backup)
  • 1940 Jimmy Knapp, trade unionist
  • 1941 Frederick "Fred" West, British contractor and serial killer (12 charges of murder), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1942 Bill Nelson, American astronaut (STS 61C), attorney, and politician (U.S. Representative (D) Florida, 1979-1999; U.S. Senate (D) Florida, 2001-19; NASA Administartor, 2021- )

Person of interestLech Wałęsa

1943 Lech Wałęsa, Polish Solidarity movement leader (Nobel Peace Prize 1983) and President of Poland (1990-95), born in Popowo, Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 1943 Peter Rigby, CEO (Specialist Computer Holdings)
  • 1943 Mohammad Khatami, former President of Iran
  • 1943 Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist
  • 1945 Sarah Tyacke, Keeper of British Public Records
  • 1947 R J Evans, FBA, historian
  • 1948 John M McHugh, (Rep-R-NY)

Person of interestMichelle Bachelet

1951 Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006-10, 2014-present), born in Santiago, Chile

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • 1951 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1952 R A Hodges, archaeologist
  • 1952 Max Sandlin, American politician
  • 1954 Steve Platt, British journalist and magazine editor (New Statesman & Society)
  • 1955 Gwen Ifill, journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1956 James Donald Halsell Jr, American retired USAF officer and astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94), born in West Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1961 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1981 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player
  • 1988 Emily Evelyn Chase, daughter of Jayni & Chevy
  • 1999 Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal
  • 2008 Emma Tallulah Behn, member of the extended Norwegian royal family

Weddings in History

Deaths in History