Events in History in 1929

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 7 French inventor Robert Bureau launches the 1st radiosonde - a battery-powered telemetry instrument carried into the atmosphere to measure various parameters and transmit them by radio to a ground receiver
  • Jan 8 "Man with a Movie Camera", Soviet experimental documentary film directed by Dziga Vertov, is released
  • Jan 8 1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies
  • Jan 9 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions

Historic Event

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 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

Soviet History

Jan 31 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey

  • Feb 1 1st clean & jerk of 400 lbs (182 kg), Charles Rigoulet, 402½ lbs
  • Feb 1 Pi Alphha Phi, the first Asian-American interest fraternity in the United States, is founded at UC Berkeley
  • Feb 3 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam
  • Feb 8 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 9 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov's Pact, providing for renunciation of war among its signatories
  • Feb 10 Bishop Stephen Alencastre dedicates the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Patrick in Honolulu

Historic Event

Feb 11 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 11 Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is made an enclave of Rome
  • Feb 12 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30)
  • Feb 13 Cruiser Act, USA, approves the construction of 19 new cruisers & an aircraft carrier
  • Feb 13 Vladimir Mayakofsky's "Klop" premieres in Moscow

Historic Event

Feb 14 St Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone's orders

Murder of Interest

Feb 16 In mysterious murder suicide Ned Doheny Jr., son of oil magnate Edward L. Doheny, dies along with secretary Hugh Plunkett at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

  • Feb 16 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 19 Medical diathermy machine 1st used in Schenectady, NY
  • Feb 20 American Samoa organizes as territory of US

Historic Event

Feb 26 US President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park

  • Feb 27 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
  • Mar 2 US Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Herbert Hoover inaugurated as the 31st US President

  • Mar 4 National Revolutionary Party founded in Mexico by Plutarco Elías Calles (will go on to hold power until 2000)

Historic Event

Mar 4 Republican Charles Curtis becomes the 1st Native American to be Vice President of the United States

  • Mar 6 Turkey & Bulgaria sign friendship treaty

Historic Event

Mar 7 First nonstop flight made from America to Asia across the Bering Strait (Nome to North Cape) by Noel Wien and Calvin Cripe for Wien Air Alaska

  • Mar 8 US worker union commission reports of slavery in Liberia
  • Mar 9 Marcel Pagnol's "Marius" premieres in Paris
  • Mar 16 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 17 General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel
  • Mar 17 Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera closes university of Madrid
  • Mar 22 KIT-AM in Yakima WA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 22 US Coast Guard vessel sinks Canadian schooner suspected of carrying liquor
  • Mar 23 1st telephone installed at the President’s desk under the Hoover administration at the White House
  • Mar 28 Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador
  • Mar 29 US President Herbert Hoover has 1st telephone installed on the desk at the Oval Office's in the White House
  • Apr 1 Austrian government of Ignaz Seipel falls
  • Apr 1 Doorne's trailer factory in Eindhoven Netherlands opens
  • Apr 1 Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo
  • Apr 1 Luis Buñuel releases "Un Chien Andalou" 24-minute film
  • Apr 1 Morehouse College, Spellman College & Atlanta University affiliate
  • Apr 3 Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact
  • Apr 3 RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line.
  • Apr 4 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held
  • Apr 5 Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact

Historic Event

Apr 8 Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest

  • Apr 11 KLO-AM in Ogden UT begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 11 Loetafoon celluloid film system demonstrated in Amsterdam
  • Apr 18 Palace for People's industry in Amsterdam devastated by fire
  • Apr 24 1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off
  • Apr 24 Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark
  • Apr 26 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
  • Apr 30 Ernst Streeruwitz becomes Chancellor of Austria, lasts less than 5 months
  • May 1 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • May 1 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
  • May 3 Prussia bans anti-fascists
  • May 6 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 6 New York to San Francisco footrace begins
  • May 8 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway

Contract of Interest

May 8 Soviet government contract Albert Kahn Associates architectural firm to design the USSR's 1st tractor plant

  • May 9 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • May 15 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)

Declaration of War

May 19 Chinese warlord Feng Yuxiang declares war on Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist government

  • May 21 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed in NYC
  • May 21 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son" premieres in Paris
  • May 28 1st all color talking picture "On With the Show" exhibited (NYC)
  • May 31 Atlantic City Convention Center opens
  • Jun 3 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center (electric light)
  • Jun 3 Chile and Peru sign the Treaty of Lima, finally resolving their border dispute from the War of the Pacific (1879–83). Chile keeps Arica and Peru regains Tacna.
  • Jun 5 Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
  • Jun 7 Margaret Bondfield becomes 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour)
  • Jun 7 Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
  • Jun 8 Venezuelan rebel Rafael Urbina overthrows Fort Amsterdam, Curacao kidnap governor Fruytier
  • Jun 9 Venezuelan rebel Urbina lets Dutch/Curacaose hostages free
  • Jun 14 Prussia and Vatican sign Concord
  • Jun 15 1st time NY curb stock exchange transacts more business than NY Exch
  • Jun 25 US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)
  • Jun 26 ENKA/Vereinigte Glanzstoff Factory merge AKU (Genl Kunstzijde Union)

Historic Event

Jun 27 President Paul von Hindenburg refuses to pay German debt of WWI

  • Jun 29 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed Langley Field, California
  • Jun 29 31.1°C (88°F) highest temperature on this day in De Bilt, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Mexico & Vatican sign Concord
  • Jul 1 US Immigration law of 1924 in effect
  • Jul 3 Dunlop Latex Development Laboratories made foam rubber
  • Jul 4 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
  • Jul 5 WOWO-AM, Indiana returns to air, 1 day after transmitter burns down
  • Jul 7 Romania & Vatican sign concord
  • Jul 10 US issues newer, smaller-sized paper currency
  • Jul 15 1st airport hotel opens at Oakland, California
  • Jul 17 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with China
  • Jul 23 The Fascist government in Italy bans the use of foreign words
  • Jul 24 NY to San Francisco foot race ends (2½ months) winner is 60 year old Monteverde
  • Jul 24 US President Herbert Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war
  • Jul 27 Dike of Wieringermeerpolder finished

Historic Event

Jul 31 Aristide Briand becomes premier of France for the 6th time

  • Aug 4 60,000 SA'ers/SS'ers march by Munich
  • Aug 4 Jones Beach in NY opens
  • Aug 6 Young Plan, which sought to settle German reparations debts after World War I, is agreed
  • Aug 7 Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms Dutch government
  • Aug 8 Salem Oregon airport dedicated
  • Aug 10 Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd & last NL win
  • Aug 11 Persia & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Aug 11 Russian-Chinese border fights
  • Aug 14 Jewish Agency for Palestine forms
  • Aug 20 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
  • Aug 21 Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town
  • Aug 23 Arabs attack Jews in Israel
  • Aug 24 Palestinians attack orthodox Jews in Jerusalem
  • Aug 24 Turkey & Persia sign friendship treaty

Historic Event

Aug 25 Graf Zeppelin passes over San Francisco for Los Angeles after trans-Pacific voyage

Historic Event

Aug 29 Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight

  • Aug 29 German airship Graf Zeppelin ends a round-the-world flight

Historic Event

Aug 31 Committee chaired by Owen D. Young finalizes the "Young Plan" to reduce German reparations from World War I to 112 billion Gold Marks ($US8 billion) paid over 59 years

  • Sep 2 Unilever forms by merger of Margarine Union & Lever Bros
  • Sep 3 Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches all time high of 381.17, to be shortly followed by the Crash of 1929.
  • Sep 5 French premier Aristide Briand requests a United States of Europe
  • Sep 11 San Francisco Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system
  • Sep 16 Police shoot at strikers in Maastricht, 2 killed
  • Sep 17 British troops begin withdrawal from occupied Germany
  • Sep 18 Preston Sturges' "Strictly Dishonorable" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 19 Latvia dictator A Woldemaras chased out
  • Sep 21 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling & 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton

Historic Event

Sep 24 Lt James Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in NY in 1st all-instrument flight

  • Sep 25 Queen-mother Emma opens Antonie van Leeuwenhoek House in Amsterdam
  • Sep 26 John Schrober becomes chancellor of Austria
  • Sep 28 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess-U of Alberta)
  • Sep 30 1st manned rocket plane flight (by auto maker Fritz von Opel)
  • Oct 3 British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR

Historic Event

Oct 3 Julius Curtius succeeds Gustav Stresemann as German foreign minister

  • Oct 3 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes changes name to Yugoslavia

Historic Event

Oct 7 Ramsay MacDonald is first British Prime Minister to address US Congress

  • Oct 8 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan and drives out Habibullah Ghazi

Historic Event

Oct 9 Part of lost Piri Reis World Map, compiled by Ottoman general Piri Reis in 1513, rediscovered in the Topaki Palace Library, Istanbul. Earliest map of Columbus's voyages. [1]

Historic Event

Oct 11 JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.

  • Oct 11 Sean O'Casey's "Silver Tassle" premieres in London
  • Oct 18 Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law
  • Oct 20 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
  • Oct 22 8th French government of Aristide Briand falls
  • Oct 22 James H Scullin forms Australia government
  • Oct 24 Belgian princess Marie-Jose & Italian crown prince Umberto get engaged, assassination attempt on Umberto fails

Historic Event

Oct 25 Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe in the Teapot scandal - 1st US Cabinet member to go to jail

  • Oct 28 Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
  • Oct 29 "Black Tuesday" Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the "Great Depression"
  • Oct 30 The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Germany
  • Nov 1 Lundy Island, part of British Isles, issue its own stamps

Historic Expedition

Nov 4 Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould and their polar expedition team begin a 2½ month, 1500-mile dog-sledge journey into the Queen Maud Mountains. The first exploration of the interior of Antarctica.

  • Nov 7 Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building in New York
  • Nov 8 Jean Giraudoux' "Amphitryon '38" premieres in Paris

Historic Event

Nov 17 Nikolai Bukharin is expelled from the Soviet Politburo amidst a power struggle with Joseph Stalin

  • Nov 17 Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico
  • Nov 18 Large earthquake in Atlantic breaks transatlantic cable in 28 places
  • Nov 20 First broadcast of "Goldbergs" on US radio

Historic Event

Nov 20 Salvador Dali's first one-man show

  • Nov 28 Richard E. Byrd makes his 1st South Pole flight
  • Nov 29 Richard E. Byrd sends "My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole" (He was wrong)
  • Dec 1 Game of Bingo invented by American toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe
  • Dec 2 First skull of Peking man found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, 50 km outside of Peking, China. Later dated roughly 750,000 years old. [1]
  • Dec 5 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City
  • Dec 6 Turkey introduces female suffrage

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine jointly awarded to Christiaan Eijkman and Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins for the discovery of vitamins

  • Dec 14 Alexander Zaimis elected president of Greece

Historic Event

Dec 15 Swiss pilot Walter Mittelholzer is the first to fly over Mt. Kilimanjaro

  • Dec 20 Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park
  • Dec 21 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
  • Dec 25 Grimmett takes 6-146 for SA, Queensland all out 380 Crowd 5,390

Historic Event

Dec 29 Dutch colonial authorities arrest Sukarno and other key PNI leaders in Java

  • Dec 30 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 31 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri