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What happened on September 29? There are more than 293 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 September 29

September 29 is the 273rd day of the year 2020. There are 93 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 40th week of the year 2020.

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The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Sapphire while the mystical birthstone is Agate.

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Historical Events For September 29

  • 522 BC
    Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire.
  • 480 BC
    Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I.
  • 61 BC
    Pompey the Great celebrates his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday.
  • 1227
    Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, is excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades.
  • 1364
    Battle of Auray: English forces defeat the French in Brittany; end of the Breton War of Succession.
  • 1567
    At a dinner, the Duke of Alba arrests the Count of Egmont and the Count of Hoorn for treason.
  • 1650
    Henry Robinson opens his Office of Addresses and Encounters in Threadneedle Street, London.
  • 1717
    An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city.
  • 1789
    The 1st United States Congress adjourns.
  • 1789
    The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
  • 1829
    The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.
  • 1848
    Battle of Pákozd: stalemate between Hungarian and Croatian forces at Pákozd; the first battle of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
  • 1850
    The Roman Catholic hierarchy is re-established in England and Wales by Pope Pius IX.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm is fought.
  • 1885
    The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England.
  • 1907
    The cornerstone is laid at Washington National Cathedral in the U.S. capital.
  • 1911
    Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1918
    World War I, Battle of St. Quentin Canal: The Hindenburg Line is broken by Allied forces. Bulgaria signs an armistice.
  • 1932
    Chaco War: Last day of the Battle of Boquerón between Paraguay and Bolivia.
  • 1938
    Munich Agreement: Germany was given permission from France, Italy, and Great Britain to seize the territory of Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. The meeting occurred in Munich, and leaders from neither the Soviet Union nor Czechoslovakia attended.
  • 1941
    World War II: Holocaust in Kyiv, Soviet Union: German Einsatzgruppe C begins the Babyn Yar massacre, according to the Einsatzgruppen operational situation report.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta.
  • 1949
    The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People’s Republic of China.
  • 1951
    The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC.
  • 1954
    The convention establishing CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is signed.
  • 1957
    20 MCi (740 petabecquerels) of radioactive material is released in an explosion at the Soviet Mayak nuclear plant at Chelyabinsk.
  • 1960
    Nikita Khrushchev, leader of Soviet Union, disrupts a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with a number of angry outbursts.
  • 1962
    Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, is launched.
  • 1963
    The second period of the Second Vatican Council opens.
  • 1964
    The Argentine comic strip Mafalda is published for the first time.
  • 1966
    The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • 1971
    Oman joins the Arab League.
  • 1972
    Sino-Japanese relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.
  • 1975
    WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world’s first black-owned-and-operated television station.
  • 1979
    Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1982
    The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders begin when the first of seven individuals dies in metropolitan Chicago.
  • 1988
    Space Shuttle: NASA launches STS-26, the return to flight mission, after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
  • 1990
    Construction of the Washington National Cathedral is completed.
  • 1990
    The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.
  • 1991
    Military coup in Haiti (1991 Haitian coup d'état).
  • 1992
    Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello resigns.
  • 1995
    The United States Navy disbands Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84), nicknamed the “Jolly Rogers”.
  • 2001
    The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.
  • 2004
    The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight, the first of two required to win the prize.
  • 2004
    The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • 2006
    Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 collides in mid-air with an Embraer Legacy business jet near Peixoto de Azevedo, Mato Grosso, Brazil, killing 154 total people, and triggering a Brazilian aviation crisis.
  • 2007
    Calder Hall, the world’s first commercial nuclear power station, is demolished in a controlled explosion.
  • 2008
    Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.
  • 2009
    An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.

Who Were Born On September 29?

  • 106 BC
    Pompey the Great, consul of Rome (d. 48 BC)
  • 1240
    Margaret of England, Queen consort of Scotland, (d. 1275)
  • 1321
    John of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (d. 1387)
  • 1328
    Joan of Kent, wife of Edward, the Black Prince (d. 1385)
  • 1388
    Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Henry IV of England (d. 1421)
  • 1511
    Miguel Servet aka Michael Servetus, Spanish humanist (d. 1553)
  • 1518
    Tintoretto, Italian painter (d. 1594)
  • 1547
    Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author (d. 1616)
  • 1548
    William V, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1626)
  • 1561
    Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician (d. 1615)
  • 1571
    Caravaggio, Italian artist (d. 1610)
  • 1636
    Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1715)
  • 1639
    William Russell, Lord Russell, English politician (d. 1683)
  • 1640
    Antoine Coysevox, French sculptor (d. 1720)
  • 1678
    Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier (d. 1766)
  • 1691
    Richard Challoner, English Catholic prelate (d. 1781)
  • 1703
    François Boucher, French painter (d. 1770)
  • 1725
    Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive, British general and statesman (d. 1774)
  • 1758
    Horatio Nelson, British admiral (d. 1805)
  • 1766
    Charlotte, Princess Royal, German queen (d. 1828)
  • 1786
    Guadalupe Victoria, 1st President of Mexico (d. 1843)
  • 1803
    Jacques Charles François Sturm, French mathematician (d. 1850)
  • 1803
    Mercator Cooper, American sea captain (d. 1872)
  • 1808
    Henry Bennett, American politician (d. 1868)
  • 1810
    Elizabeth Gaskell, British novelist (d. 1865)
  • 1842
    Louis J. Weichmann, chief witness in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1902)
  • 1843
    Mikhail Skobelev, Russian general (d. 1882)
  • 1853
    Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • 1863
    Hugo Haase, German politician and jurist (d. 1919)
  • 1864
    Alexandra Kitchin, British model for Lewis Carroll (d. 1925)
  • 1864
    Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish writer and philosopher (d. 1936)
  • 1876
    Charlie Llewellyn, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1911 (d. 1964)
  • 1881
    Ludwig von Mises, Austrian economist (d. 1973)
  • 1895
    Clarence Ashley, American clawhammer banjo player and singer (d. 1967)
  • 1895
    J.B. Rhine, American parapsychologist (d. 1980)
  • 1895
    Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (d. 1970)
  • 1897
    Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)
  • 1898
    Trofim Lysenko, Russian biologist (d. 1976)
  • 1899
    László Bíró, Hungarian inventor of the modern ballpoint pen (d. 1985)
  • 1901
    Enrico Fermi, Italian physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1954)
  • 1901
    Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher and activist (d. 1981)
  • 1902
    Miguel Alemán Valdés, President of Mexico (d. 1983)
  • 1904
    Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)
  • 1907
    Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)
  • 1907
    George W. Jenkins, American businessman (d. 1996)
  • 1908
    Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1910
    Bill Boyd (musician), American Western style singer and guitarist (d. 1977)
  • 1910
    Virginia Bruce, American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1912
    Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director (d. 2007)
  • 1913
    Stanley Kramer, American film director (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Trevor Howard, English actor (d. 1988)
  • 1915
    Brenda Marshall, American film actress (d. 1992)
  • 1915
    Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Vaclav Neumann, Czech conductor, violinist and viola player (d. 1995)
  • 1922
    Lizabeth Scott, American actress
  • 1923
    Stan Berenstain, American children’s author (d. 2005)
  • 1924
    Steve Forrest, American actor
  • 1927
    Pete McCloskey, American politician
  • 1930
    Colin Dexter, British author of Inspector Morse novels
  • 1931
    Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress
  • 1931
    James Watson Cronin, American nuclear physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1932
    Mehmood, Indian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1932
    Robert Benton, American screenwriter and director
  • 1934
    Lance Gibbs, Guyanese West Indies cricketer
  • 1934
    Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, psychology professor
  • 1934
    Skandor Akbar, American professional wrestler and manager (d. 2010)
  • 1934
    Stuart M. Kaminsky, American mystery writer (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician
  • 1935
    Mylène Demongeot, French actress
  • 1936
    Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy
  • 1938
    Wim Kok, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1994 until 2002
  • 1939
    Dan Crary, American bluegrass guitarist
  • 1939
    Fikret Abdić, Bosnian politician and businessman
  • 1939
    Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1939
    Larry Linville, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1939
    Molly Haskell, American film critic
  • 1939
    Rhodri Morgan, 2nd First Minister of Wales
  • 1939
    Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (d. 1994)
  • 1940
    Nicola Di Bari, Italian singer
  • 1941
    Fred West, British serial killer (d. 1995)
  • 1942
    Bill Nelson, American politician
  • 1942
    Felice Gimondi, Italian cyclist
  • 1942
    Ian McShane, British actor
  • 1942
    Jean-Luc Ponty, French jazz violinist
  • 1942
    Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1942
    Steve Tesich, Serbian screenwriter (d. 1996)
  • 1943
    Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist
  • 1943
    Lech Wałęsa, President of Poland, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1943
    Mohammad Khatami, former President of Iran
  • 1944
    Mike Post, American composer
  • 1945
    Kyriakos Sfetsas, Greek composer
  • 1946
    Ian Wallace, English rock drummer (d. 2007)
  • 1946
    Patricia Hodge, English actress
  • 1947
    Gary Wetzel, American Vietnam War Veteran & Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
  • 1947
    Martin Ferrero, American actor
  • 1948
    Bryant Gumbel, American television personality
  • 1948
    Mark Farner, American guitarist (Grand Funk)
  • 1948
    Theo Jörgensmann, German jazz clarinetist
  • 1949
    George Dalaras, Greek singer
  • 1950
    Ken Macha, American baseball player and manager
  • 1951
    Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1951
    Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • 1951
    Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
  • 1951
    Mike Enriquez, Philippine broadcaster
  • 1952
    Gabor Csupo, Hungarian-born animator
  • 1952
    Max Sandlin, American politician
  • 1952
    Takanosato Toshihide, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 59th Yokozuna
  • 1953
    Drake Hogestyn, American actor
  • 1953
    Jean-Claude Lauzon, Canadian film director (d. 1997)
  • 1953
    Warren Cromartie, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Uwe Jahn, German football coach
  • 1955
    Benoît Ferreux, French actor
  • 1955
    Ken Weatherwax, American actor from The Addams Family (TV series)
  • 1956
    Sebastian Coe, British athlete
  • 1956
    Suzzy Roche, American singer, youngest member of The Roches
  • 1957
    Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor
  • 1957
    Chris Broad, English cricketer and match referee
  • 1957
    Mark Nicholas, English cricketer and sports presenter
  • 1957
    Sokratis Malamas, Greek singer and composer
  • 1960
    Alan McGee, British music industry mogul and musician
  • 1960
    David Sammartino, American professional wrestler
  • 1960
    John Paxson, American basketball player
  • 1960
    Julian Armour, Canadian cellist and artistic director
  • 1961
    Julia Gillard, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1961
    Stephanie Miller, American comedian and talk radio host
  • 1962
    Roger Bart, American actor
  • 1963
    Dave Andreychuk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963
    Les Claypool, American bassist (Primus)
  • 1964
    Brad Lohaus, American basketball player
  • 1966
    Hersey Hawkins, American basketball player
  • 1966
    Jill Whelan, American actress
  • 1967
    Brett Anderson, British musician/singer (Suede, The Tears)
  • 1968
    Alex Skolnick, American thrash metal and jazz guitarist
  • 1968
    Luke Goss, English actor
  • 1968
    Patrick Burns, American television presenter
  • 1968
    Samir Soni, Indian film actor
  • 1969
    Aleks Syntek, Mexican singer
  • 1969
    Angelo Barretto, Filipino race car driver
  • 1969
    DeVante Swing, American singer, writer, and record producer
  • 1969
    Erika Eleniak, American actress and model
  • 1970
    AMG (rapper), American Rap Musician
  • 1970
    Emily Lloyd, British actress
  • 1970
    Joe Doucet, American Designer, Inventor, Artist
  • 1970
    Natasha Gregson Wagner, American actress
  • 1970
    Nicolás Pereira, Venezuelan tennis player
  • 1970
    Russell Peters, Canadian stand-up comedian
  • 1970
    Yoshihiro Tajiri, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1971
    Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian
  • 1971
    Sibel Tüzün, Turkish singer
  • 1972
    Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver
  • 1972
    Robert Webb, British actor, comedian, and writer
  • 1972
    Togi Makabe, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Athanasios Michalopoulos, Greek volleyball player
  • 1973
    Joe Hulbig, American ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Scout Niblett, British singer/songwriter
  • 1974
    Alexis Cruz, American actor
  • 1974
    Brian Ash, American filmmaker
  • 1975
    Albert Celades, Spanish footballer
  • 1976
    Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1976
    Darren Byfield, English footballer
  • 1976
    Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
  • 1977
    Debelah Morgan, American R&B singer
  • 1977
    Eric Barton, American football player
  • 1977
    Jake Westbrook, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Wade Brookbank, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Gunner McGrath, American guitarist (Much the Same)
  • 1978
    Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer
  • 1978
    Mohini Bhardwaj, American gymnast
  • 1979
    Artika Sari Devi, Indonesian beauty queen, Puteri Indonesia 2004
  • 1979
    Shelley Duncan, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Takumi Beppu, Japanese cyclist
  • 1980
    Dallas Green, Canadian musician (Alexisonfire, City and Colour)
  • 1980
    Patrick Agyemang, English footballer
  • 1980
    Zachary Levi, American actor
  • 1981
    Aris Galanopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian/Spanish handball player
  • 1982
    Ariana Jollee, American pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Matt Giteau, Australian rugby union player
  • 1983
    Lisette Oropesa, American soprano
  • 1984
    Isha Sharvani, Indian dancer and actress
  • 1984
    Per Mertesacker, German footballer
  • 1986
    Benoît Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Mark Fraser, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Matt Lashoff, American ice hockey player
  • 1987
    David Del Rio, American actor
  • 1988
    Justin Nozuka, American/Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1988
    Kevin Durant, American basketball player
  • 1989
    Andrea Poli, Italian footballer
  • 1989
    Theo Adams, British performance artist
  • 1990
    Doug Brochu, American actor
  • 1990
    Lena Wermelt, German footballer
  • 1999
    Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal
  • 2008
    Emma Tallulah Behn, member of the extended Norwegian royal family

Who Died On September 29?

  • 1304
    John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey, English soldier (b. 1231)
  • 1364
    Charles, Duke of Brittany (b. 1319)
  • 1560
    King Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1496)
  • 1637
    Lorenzo Ruiz, Filipino saint (b. 1600)
  • 1642
    René Goupil, French Catholic missionary, one of Canadian Martyrs (b. 1608)
  • 1642
    William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby (b. 1561)
  • 1703
    Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier (b. 1610)
  • 1800
    Michael Denis, Austrian poet (b. 1729)
  • 1804
    Michael Hillegas, first Treasurer of the United States (b. 1728)
  • 1833
    King Ferdinand VII of Spain (b. 1784)
  • 1887
    Bernhard von Langenbeck, German surgeon (b. 1810)
  • 1889
    Louis Faidherbe, French general (b. 1818)
  • 1900
    Samuel Fenton Cary, congressman, prohibitionist (b. 1814)
  • 1902
    Émile Zola, French writer (b. 1840)
  • 1902
    William Topaz McGonagall, British poet (b. 1825)
  • 1908
    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (b. 1839)
  • 1913
    Rudolf Diesel, Inventor of Diesel Engine (b. 1858)
  • 1925
    Léon Bourgeois, French statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1851)
  • 1927
    Arthur Achleitner, German writer (b. 1858)
  • 1927
    Willem Einthoven, Dutch inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1860)
  • 1930
    Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Russian painter (b. 1844)
  • 1937
    Ray Ewry, American athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1951
    Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • 1952
    John Cobb, British racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1967
    Carson McCullers, American author (b. 1917)
  • 1970
    Edward Everett Horton, American actor (b. 1886)
  • 1973
    W. H. Auden, English poet (b. 1907)
  • 1975
    Casey Stengel, baseball player and manager (b. 1890)
  • 1976
    Wadi Ayoub, Greco-Roman professional wrestler, (b. 1927)
  • 1981
    Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)
  • 1982
    Monty Stratton, baseball player (b. 1912)
  • 1987
    Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Company (b. 1917)
  • 1988
    Charles Addams, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    August “Gussie” Anheuser Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate (b. 1899)
  • 1989
    Georges Ulmer, French composer, lyricist and singer (b. 1919)
  • 1992
    Jean Aurenche, French film screenwriter (b. 1903)
  • 1994
    Cheb Hasni, Algerian singer (b. 1968)
  • 1996
    Leslie Crowther, British comedian (b. 1933)
  • 1997
    Roy Lichtenstein, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 1998
    Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1917)
  • 1999
    Jean-Louis Millette, Canadian actor and writer (b. 1935)
  • 2001
    Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, President of South Vietnam (b. 1923)
  • 2002
    Edmund Trebus, English compulsive hoarder (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider (b. 1970)
  • 2005
    Austin Leslie, American chef, the “Godfather of Fried Chicken” (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • 2006
    Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet and critic (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Louis-Albert Vachon, French Canadian cardinal archbishop of Quebec (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Michael A. Monsoor, a United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor (b. 1981)
  • 2006
    Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Lois Maxwell, Canadian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Pavel Popovich, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • 2009
    Sperantza Vrana, Greek actress (b. 1926 or 1932)
  • 2010
    Greg Giraldo, American comedian (b.1965)
  • 2010
    Tony Curtis, American Actor (b. 1925)

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