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What happened on March 29? There are more than 271 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About March 29

March 29 is the 88th day of the year 2015. There are 277 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 13th week of the year 2015.

On this day in Dyess AFB, Texas 79607 sunrise will occur at 12:30 PM and sunset will occur at 12:57 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 316 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 8, 2016).

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Historical Events For March 29

  • 1461
    Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton – Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England.
  • 1500
    Cesare Borgia is given the title of Captain General and Gonfalonier by his father Rodrigo Borgia after returning from his conquests in the Romagna.
  • 1549
    The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
  • 1632
    Treaty of Saint-Germain is signed returning Quebec to French control after the English had seized it in 1629.
  • 1638
    Swedish colonists establish the first European settlement in Delaware, naming it New Sweden.
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.
  • 1806
    Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.
  • 1809
    King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden abdicates after a coup d'état. At the Diet of Porvoo, Finland’s four Estates pledge allegiance to Alexander I of Russia, commencing the secession of the Grand Duchy of Finland from Sweden.
  • 1831
    Great Bosnian uprising: Bosniaks rebel against Turkey.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: United States forces led by General Winfield Scott take Veracruz after a siege.
  • 1849
    The United Kingdom annexes the Punjab.
  • 1857
    Sepoy Mangal Pandey of the 34th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry revolts against the British rule in India and inspires a long-drawn War of Independence of 1857 also known as the Sepoy Mutiny.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Federal forces under Major General Philip Sheridan move to flank Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee as the Appomattox Campaign begins.
  • 1867
    Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.
  • 1871
    The Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria.
  • 1879
    Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Kambula: British forces defeat 20,000 Zulus.
  • 1882
    The Knights of Columbus are established.
  • 1886
    Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1911
    The M1911 .45 ACP pistol becomes the official U.S. Army side arm.
  • 1930
    Heinrich Brüning is appointed German Reichskanzler.
  • 1936
    In Germany, Adolf Hitler receives 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany’s illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters.
  • 1941
    The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time.
  • 1941
    World War II: British Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy forces defeat those of the Italian Regia Marina off the Peloponnesian coast of Greece in the Battle of Cape Matapan.
  • 1942
    The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II is the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
  • 1945
    World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.
  • 1946
    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, one of Mexico’s leading universities, is founded.
  • 1951
    Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
  • 1957
    The New York, Ontario and Western Railway makes its final run, the first major U.S. railroad to be abandoned in its entirety.
  • 1961
    The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.
  • 1971
    A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.
  • 1971
    My Lai massacre: Lieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1973
    Operation Barrel Roll, a covert US bombing campaign in Laos to stop communist infiltration of South Vietnam, ends.
  • 1973
    Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.
  • 1974
    NASA’s Mariner 10 becomes the first spaceprobe to fly by Mercury. It was launched on November 3, 1973.
  • 1982
    The Canada Act 1982 (U.K.) receives the Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, setting the stage for the Queen of Canada to proclaim the Constitution Act, 1982.
  • 1990
    The Czechoslovak parliament is unable to reach an agreement on what to call the country after the fall of Communism, sparking the so-called Hyphen War.
  • 1993
    Catherine Callbeck becomes premier of Prince Edward Island and the first woman to be elected in a general election as premier of a Canadian province.
  • 1999
    A magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 103.
  • 1999
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time, during the height of the internet boom.
  • 2002
    In reaction to the Passover massacre two days prior, Israel launches Operation Defensive Shield against Palestinian militants, its largest military operation in the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War.
  • 2004
    Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
  • 2004
    The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
  • 2008
    Thirty-five countries and over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time.
  • 2010
    Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40.

Who Were Born On March 29?

  • 1553
    Vitsentzos Kornaros, Greek Renaissance poet
  • 1584
    Ferdinando Fairfax, 2nd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, English general (d. 1648)
  • 1602
    John Lightfoot, English churchman (d. 1675)
  • 1668
    Thomas Coram, Founder of the Foundling Hospital (d. 1751)
  • 1713
    John Ponsonby, Irish politician (d. 1789)
  • 1746
    Carlo Buonaparte, father of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1785)
  • 1769
    Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult, French marshal (d. 1851)
  • 1790
    John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (d. 1862)
  • 1799
    Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1869)
  • 1815
    Costache Caragiale,Romanian actor,writer 1st director of Craiova’s National Teather
  • 1816
    Tsultrim Gyatso, 10th Dalai Lama (d. 1837)
  • 1824
    Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician (d. 1899)
  • 1826
    Wilhelm Liebknecht, German journalist and politician (d. 1900)
  • 1867
    Cy Young, American baseball player (d. 1955)
  • 1869
    Aleš Hrdlička, Czech anthropologist living in the United States (d. 1943)
  • 1870
    Pavlos Melas, Greek officer who organized and participated in the Greek Struggle for Macedonia (d. 1904)
  • 1873
    Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (d. 1941)
  • 1874
    Lou Hoover, First Lady of the United States (d. 1944)
  • 1885
    Dezső Kosztolányi, Hungarian poet and writer (d. 1936)
  • 1888
    Enea Bossi, Italian-American engineer and aviation pioneer (d. 1963)
  • 1889
    Warner Baxter, American actor (d. 1951)
  • 1891
    Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1980)
  • 1891
    Yvan Goll, French-German writer (d. 1950)
  • 1892
    József Mindszenty, Hungarian Catholic cardinal (d. 1975)
  • 1895
    Ernst Jünger, German author (d. 1998)
  • 1899
    Lavrenty Beria, Soviet Communist leader (d. 1953)
  • 1900
    Bill Aston, British racing driver (d. 1974)
  • 1900
    John McEwen, eighteenth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1980)
  • 1901
    Andrija Maurović, Croatian illustrator (d. 1981)
  • 1902
    Don Miller, American college football player (d. 1979)
  • 1902
    Marcel Aymé, French writer (d. 1967)
  • 1902
    William Walton, English composer (d. 1983)
  • 1905
    Philip Ahn, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1906
    E. Power Biggs American concert organist (d. 1977)
  • 1907
    “Braguinha”, Brazilian songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1908
    Arthur O'Connell, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1908
    Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1911
    Brigitte Horney, German actress (d. 1988)
  • 1912
    Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (d. 1979)
  • 1913
    R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (d. 2000)
  • 1914
    Phil Foster, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1916
    Eugene McCarthy, American politician (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Peter Geach, British philosopher
  • 1917
    Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 1947)
  • 1918
    Lê Văn Thiêm, Vietnamese mathematician (d. 1991)
  • 1918
    Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (d. 1990)
  • 1918
    Sam Walton, American businessman (d. 1992)
  • 1919
    Eileen Heckart, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    John Belk, American head of Belk, Inc. (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Theodore Trautwein, American judge (d. 2000)
  • 1927
    John McLaughlin, American political commentator
  • 1927
    John Robert Vane, English pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1928
    Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (d. 2005)
  • 1929
    Lennart Meri, President of Estonia (d. 2006)
  • 1929
    Richard Lewontin, American biologist
  • 1929
    Utpal Dutt, Indian actor (d. 1993)
  • 1930
    Anerood Jugnauth, President of Mauritius
  • 1931
    Aleksei Gubarev, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1931
    Norman Tebbit, British politician
  • 1931
    Sopubek Begaliev, Soviet-era economist and politician (d. 2002)
  • 1933
    Jacques Brault, French Canadian poet
  • 1934
    Paul Crouch, American televangelist
  • 1936
    John A. Durkin, American politician
  • 1936
    Judith Guest, American author
  • 1936
    Mogens Camre, Danish politician
  • 1937
    Billy Carter, brother of Jimmy Carter (d. 1988)
  • 1939
    Roland Arnall, American businessman and diplomat (d. 2008)
  • 1939
    Terence Hill, Italian actor
  • 1940
    Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • 1940
    Ray Davis, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Eden Kane, British singer
  • 1941
    Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr., American astrophysicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1941
    Violeta Andrei, Romanian actress
  • 1943
    Eric Idle, English actor, writer, and composer
  • 1943
    Sir John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1943
    Vangelis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1944
    Denny McLain, American baseball player
  • 1944
    Terry Jacks, Canadian musician, songwriter, and activist
  • 1945
    Walt Frazier, American basketball player
  • 1946
    Billy Thorpe, Australian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1947
    Bobby Kimball, American singer
  • 1948
    Bud Cort, American actor
  • 1949
    Dave Greenfield, English Keyboardist of The Stranglers
  • 1949
    John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (d. 1979)
  • 1949
    Keith Simpson, British politician
  • 1949
    Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2007)
  • 1950
    Norman Snow, American actor
  • 1952
    Teófilo Stevenson, Cuban boxer
  • 1953
    Tõnis Palts, Estonian politician
  • 1954
    Dianne Kay, American actress
  • 1954
    Karen Ann Quinlan, American right-to-die cause célèbre (d. 1985)
  • 1955
    Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor
  • 1955
    Christopher Lawford, American actor
  • 1955
    Earl Campbell, American football player
  • 1955
    Marina Sirtis, English actress
  • 1956
    Kurt Thomas, American gymnast
  • 1956
    Patty Donahue, American singer (d. 1996)
  • 1956
    Stephen Cole, English journalist
  • 1957
    Christopher Lambert, French actor
  • 1957
    Elizabeth Hand, American writer
  • 1958
    Victor Salva, American film director
  • 1959
    Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer
  • 1959
    Brad McCrimmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011)
  • 1959
    Perry Farrell, American musician
  • 1961
    Amy Sedaris, American actress and comedian
  • 1961
    Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • 1961
    Mike Kingery, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Billy Beane American baseball player and executive
  • 1962
    Dan Bittman, romanian singer (Holograf)
  • 1963
    Elle Macpherson, Australian model
  • 1964
    Annabella Sciorra, American actress
  • 1964
    Michael A. Jackson, American politician
  • 1965
    Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (d. 2005)
  • 1965
    Jill Goodacre, American actress and model
  • 1965
    Voula Patoulidou, Greek athlete
  • 1965
    William Oefelein, American astronaut
  • 1967
    Brian Jordan, American baseball player
  • 1967
    John Popper, American musician
  • 1968
    Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer
  • 1968
    Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist
  • 1971
    Lara Logan, South-African journalist and reporter
  • 1971
    Robert Gibbs, American White House (Jan. 2009- Feb. 2011) press secretary for President Barack Obama
  • 1972
    Alex Ochoa, Cuban-American baseball player
  • 1972
    Junichi Suwabe, Japanese voice actor
  • 1972
    Michel Ancel, French game designer
  • 1972
    Rui Costa, Portugal footballer
  • 1973
    Marc Overmars, Dutch footballer
  • 1973
    Sebastiano Siviglia Italian footballer
  • 1974
    Kristoffer Cusick, American actor
  • 1974
    Marc Gené, Spanish racing car driver
  • 1974
    Rachel Jones, Radio Producer
  • 1976
    Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
  • 1976
    Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player
  • 1978
    Aaron Persico, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
  • 1978
    Pierre Faber, French-born German rugby player
  • 1979
    Estela Giménez, Spanish gymnast
  • 1980
    Amy Mathews, Australian actress
  • 1980
    Bill Demong, American Nordic combined skier
  • 1980
    Bruno Silva, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1980
    China P. Arnold, American convicted murderer
  • 1980
    Kim Tae Hee, South Korean actress
  • 1980
    Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan
  • 1981
    Jlloyd Samuel, West Indian-born footballer
  • 1981
    Megan Hilty, American actress
  • 1982
    Hideaki Takizawa, Japanese artist
  • 1983
    Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician
  • 1984
    Juan Mónaco, Argentine tennis player
  • 1984
    Mai Satoda, Japanese singer
  • 1984
    Mohamed Bouazizi, Tunisian vegetable vendor and activist (d. 2011)
  • 1985
    Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • 1985
    Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker
  • 1986
    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, English footballer
  • 1987
    Gianluca Freddi, Italian footballer
  • 1988
    Esther Cremer, German athlete
  • 1988
    Jürgen Zopp, Estonian tennis player
  • 1989
    James Tomkins, English footballer
  • 1990
    Lyle Taylor, British footballer
  • 1991
    Hayley McFarland, American actress
  • 1992
    Chris Massoglia, American actor and dancer
  • 1994
    Sulli Choi, South korean singer and dancer

Who Died On March 29?

  • 1058
    Pope Stephen IX (b. c. 1020)
  • 1368
    Emperor Go-Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 1328)
  • 1461
    Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (b. 1421)
  • 1578
    Arthur Champernowne, English admiral (b. 1524)
  • 1578
    Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (b. 1527)
  • 1625
    Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish historian (b. 1549)
  • 1628
    Tobias Matthew, Archbishop of York (b. 1546)
  • 1629
    Jacob de Gheyn II, Dutch artist (b. 1565)
  • 1683
    Yaoya Oshichi, young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan (b. 1667)
  • 1751
    Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist
  • 1772
    Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher and mathematician (b. 1688)
  • 1788
    Charles Wesley, English Methodist hymnist (b. 1707)
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden (b. 1746)
  • 1800
    Marc René, marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer (b. 1714)
  • 1803
    Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch/Austrian patron of music (b. 1733)
  • 1826
    Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (b. 1751)
  • 1829
    Cornelio Saavedra, Argentine head of state (b. 1759)
  • 1848
    John Jacob Astor, American businessman (b. 1763)
  • 1855
    Henri Druey, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1799)
  • 1873
    Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)
  • 1877
    Inazuma Raigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 7th Yokozuna (b. 1802)
  • 1888
    Charles-Valentin Alkan, French composer (b. 1813)
  • 1906
    Slava Raškaj, Croatian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1912
    Edward Adrian Wilson, English physician and naturalist – member of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole (b. 1872)
  • 1912
    Henry Robertson Bowers – member of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole (b. 1883)
  • 1912
    Sir Robert Falcon Scott, English explorer – member of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole (b. 1868)
  • 1924
    Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer (b. 1852)
  • 1934
    Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire and benefactor (b. 1867)
  • 1937
    Karol Szymanowski, Polish composer (b. 1882)
  • 1940
    Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • 1948
    Harry Price, British psychic researcher and writer (b. 1881)
  • 1948
    Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • 1956
    Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)
  • 1957
    Joyce Cary, Irish author (b. 1888)
  • 1959
    Barthélemy Boganda, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1910)
  • 1970
    Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • 1971
    Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1886)
  • 1972
    Lord J. Arthur Rank, British movie theater owner (b. 1888)
  • 1980
    Mantovani, Italian-born conductor and arranger (b. 1905)
  • 1981
    Eric Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago (b. 1911)
  • 1982
    Carl Orff, German composer (b. 1895)
  • 1982
    Nathan Twining, USAF general (b. 1897)
  • 1985
    Luther Terry, Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1911)
  • 1986
    Harry Ritz, American actor and comedian (b. 1907)
  • 1988
    Ted Kluszewski, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 1989
    Bernard Blier, French actor (b. 1916)
  • 1991
    Lee Atwater, American political consultant (b. 1951)
  • 1992
    Paul Henreid, Austrian actor (b. 1908)
  • 1994
    Bill Travers, British actor (b. 1922)
  • 1995
    Jimmy McShane, Irish frontman of the group Baltimora (b. 1957)
  • 1995
    Terry Moore, American baseball player (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1944)
  • 1996
    Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director, producer and teacher (b. 1926)
  • 1999
    Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918)
  • 2001
    Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • 2001
    John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children
  • 2002
    Rico Yan, Philippine actor (b. 1975)
  • 2003
    Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (b. 1956)
  • 2005
    Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Calvin Lockhart, Bahamian actor (b. 1934)
  • 2009
    Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b. 1975)
  • 2009
    Maurice Jarre, French composer (b. 1924)
  • 2009
    Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b. 1943)
  • 2011
    Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)

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