What happened on January 29? There are more than 291 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 January 29

January 29 In HistoryJanuary 29 is the 29th day of the year 2020. There are 337 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 5th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Bee Spring, Kentucky 42207 sunrise occured at 06:50 AM and sunset occured at 05:06 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Garnet while the mystical birthstone is Emerald.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 380 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For January 29

  • 904
    Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
  • 1676
    Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1814
    France defeats Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Brienne.
  • 1819
    Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.
  • 1834
    US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
  • 1845
    “The Raven” is published in the New York Evening Mirror, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1850
    Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
  • 1856
    Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
  • 1861
    Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
  • 1863
    Bear River Massacre.
  • 1886
    Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
  • 1891
    Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
  • 1900
    The American League is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 8 founding teams.
  • 1916
    World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
  • 1918
    Ukrainian-Soviet War: An armed uprising organized by the Bolsheviks in anticipation of the encroaching Red Army begins at the Kiev Arsenal, which will be put down six days later.
  • 1918
    Ukrainian-Soviet War: The Bolshevik Red Army, on its way to besiege Kiev, is met by a small group of military students at the Battle of Kruty.
  • 1936
    The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
  • 1940
    Three trains on the Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. 181 people are killed.
  • 1943
    The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, U.S. cruiser Chicago is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.
  • 1944
    In Bologna, Italy, the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio is destroyed in an air-raid.
  • 1944
    World War II: Approximately 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1963
    The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
  • 1967
    The “ultimate high” of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.
  • 1979
    Brenda Spencer kills two people and wounds eight at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School shootings.
  • 1985
    Final recording session of We Are The World, by the supergroup USA for Africa.
  • 1989
    Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so
  • 1991
    Gulf War: The Battle of Khafji, the first major ground engagement of the war, as well as its deadliest, begins.
  • 1996
    La Fenice, Venice’s opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • 1996
    President Jacques Chirac announces a “definitive end” to French nuclear weapons testing.
  • 1998
    In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit.
  • 2001
    Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
  • 2002
    In his State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush describes “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
  • 2005
    The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
  • 2025
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Snake in Chinese astrology.

Who Were Born On January 29?

  • 1584
    Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1647)
  • 1632
    Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
  • 1688
    Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish scientist and philosopher (d. 1772)
  • 1711
    Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer (d. 1788)
  • 1715
    Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian composer (d. 1777)
  • 1717
    Jeffrey Amherst, British military leader (d. 1797)
  • 1718
    Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)
  • 1737
    Thomas Paine, English-born American patriot (d. 1809)
  • 1749
    King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
  • 1754
    Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • 1756
    Henry Lee III, American General (d. 1818)
  • 1761
    Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, politician, and 4th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1849)
  • 1782
    Daniel Auber, French composer (d. 1871)
  • 1801
    Horatia Nelson, daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (d. 1881)
  • 1810
    Ernst Kummer, German mathematician (d. 1893)
  • 1843
    William McKinley, American politician, 39th Governor of Ohio, and 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)
  • 1846
    Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)
  • 1860
    Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (d. 1904)
  • 1862
    Frederick Delius, English composer (d. 1934)
  • 1866
    Julio Peris Brell, Spanish painter (d. 1944)
  • 1866
    Romain Rolland, French writer, Nobel Laureate (d. 1944)
  • 1867
    Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spanish writer (d. 1928)
  • 1874
    John D. Rockefeller Jr., American entrepreneur (d. 1960)
  • 1876
    Havergal Brian, British composer (d. 1972)
  • 1877
    Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)
  • 1880
    W. C. Fields, American actor (d. 1946)
  • 1888
    Sydney Chapman, British mathematician and geophysicist (d. 1970)
  • 1891
    Elizaveta Gerdt, Russian ballerina (d. 1975)
  • 1891
    R. Norris Williams, American survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (d. 1968)
  • 1895
    Muna Lee, American poet (d. 1965)
  • 1901
    Allen B. DuMont, American scientist and inventor (d. 1965)
  • 1905
    Barnett Newman, American painter (d. 1970)
  • 1910
    Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1911
    Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • 1913
    Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1915
    Bill Peet, American children’s book illustrator
  • 1915
    John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • 1918
    John Forsythe, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    José Luis de Vilallonga, Spanish aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concentration camp supervisor (d. 1946)
  • 1923
    Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1923
    Paddy Chayefsky, American writer (d. 1981)
  • 1924
    Luigi Nono, Italian composer (d. 1990)
  • 1924
    Marcelle Ferron, French-Canadian painter and stained glass artist (d. 2001)
  • 1924
    Peter Voulkos, American artist (d. 2002)
  • 1926
    Abdus Salam, Pakistani physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1996)
  • 1926
    Franco Cerri, Italian musician
  • 1927
    Edward Abbey, American author and environmentalist (d. 1989)
  • 1928
    Lee Shau Kee, Hong Kong property developer
  • 1930
    Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (d. 2005)
  • 1930
    John Junkin, English radio, television and film performer (d. 2006)
  • 1931
    Ferenc Madl, President of Hungary
  • 1931
    Jim Baumer, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1932
    George Allen, English footballer
  • 1932
    Tommy Taylor, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1933
    Hugo Herrestrup, Danish actor
  • 1933
    Paul Sally, American mathematician
  • 1933
    Sacha Distel, French singer and guitarist (d. 2004)
  • 1934
    Branko Miljković, Serbian poet (d. 1961)
  • 1935
    Roger Payne, New York City
  • 1936
    James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records (d. 1983)
  • 1937
    Bobby Scott, American musician, producer and songwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1938
    Shuji Tsurumi, Men’s artistic gymnastics
  • 1939
    Germaine Greer, Australian writer
  • 1940
    Katharine Ross, American actress
  • 1940
    Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1941
    Robin Morgan, American feminist and activist
  • 1942
    Claudine Longet, French singer and dancer
  • 1943
    Tony Blackburn, English disc jockey
  • 1944
    Andrew Loog Oldham, English rock and roll producer
  • 1944
    Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
  • 1944
    Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda
  • 1945
    Jim Nicholson, Irish politician
  • 1945
    Tom Selleck, American actor, screenwriter and film producer
  • 1946
    Bettye Lavette, American soul singer-songwriter
  • 1947
    David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (d. 1985)
  • 1947
    Linda B. Buck, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947
    Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • 1948
    Cristina Saralegui, American talk-show host
  • 1948
    Marc Singer, Canadian-born actor
  • 1948
    Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter and radio host
  • 1949
    Evgeny Lovchev, Russian footballer
  • 1949
    Tommi Salmelainen, Helsinki, FIN
  • 1950
    Ann Jillian, American actress
  • 1950
    Jody Scheckter, South African race car driver
  • 1950
    Miklós Vámos, Hungarian writer, television host
  • 1951
    Andy Roberts, West Indian cricketer
  • 1952
    Klaus-Peter Hanisch, German footballer (d. 2009)
  • 1952
    Rupert Hanley, South African cricketer
  • 1952
    Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-born musician and record producer (The Ramones)
  • 1953
    Caesar Cervin, American soccer player
  • 1953
    Charlie Wilson, American singer (The Gap Band)
  • 1953
    Dwight Takamine, Okinawan-American Hawaii state senator
  • 1953
    Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
  • 1953
    Louie Pérez, American songwriter, percussionist and guitarist
  • 1953
    Lynne McGranger, Australian actress
  • 1953
    Paul Fusco, American puppeteer, voice-over artist and character actor
  • 1953
    Paulin Bordeleau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1953
    Peter Baumann, German musician (Tangerine Dream)
  • 1953
    Ronnie Moore, English footballer
  • 1953
    Steve March-Tormé, American musician
  • 1953
    Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
  • 1954
    Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1954
    Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host and actress
  • 1954
    Richard Manitoba, American singer (The Dictators and MC5)
  • 1954
    Terry Kinney, American actor
  • 1955
    Eddie Jordan, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1956
    Jan Jakub Kolski, Wrocław, Poland
  • 1957
    Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist
  • 1957
    Rino Schreuder, Dutch publisher
  • 1958
    Glen Cochrane, Cranbrook, BC, CAN
  • 1958
    Linda Smith, British comedian (d. 2006)
  • 1958
    Stephen Lerner, United Farm Workers of America
  • 1959
    Michael Sloane, Los Angeles, California
  • 1959
    Mike Foligno, Sudbury, Ontario, CAN
  • 1960
    Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
  • 1960
    Greg Louganis, American diver
  • 1960
    J. G. Thirlwell, Australian-born musician
  • 1960
    Matthew Ashford, American actor
  • 1960
    Sean Kerly, English field hockey player
  • 1960
    Steve Sax, American baseball player
  • 1961
    Mike Aldrete, Carmel, California
  • 1961
    Petra Thumer, German swimmer
  • 1962
    Nicholas Turturro, American actor
  • 1963
    Bob Holly, American professional wrestler
  • 1963
    Monica Horan, American actress
  • 1964
    Andre Reed, American football player
  • 1964
    Anna Ryder Richardson, British interior designer and television presenter
  • 1965
    Dominik Hašek, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Peter Lundgren, Swedish tennis coach
  • 1966
    Romário, Brazilian footballer
  • 1967
    Cyril Suk, Czech tennis player
  • 1967
    Stacey King, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Edward Burns, American actor
  • 1968
    Sora Jung, Korean actress
  • 1968
    Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder and luger
  • 1969
    Hyde, Japanese singer (L'Arc-en-Ciel)
  • 1970
    Heather Graham, American actress
  • 1970
    Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer
  • 1970
    Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Indian shooter
  • 1971
    Clare Balding, British sports presenter
  • 1972
    Brian Wood, writer and artist of graphic novels
  • 1973
    Jason Schmidt, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Michael Andersen, Danish basketball player
  • 1975
    Sara Gilbert, American actress
  • 1976
    Charles Divins, American model and actor
  • 1976
    Chris Castle, American singer-songwriter
  • 1977
    Chaly Jones, Dutch footballer
  • 1977
    Justin Hartley, American actor
  • 1978
    Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
  • 1978
    Rob Bironas, American football player
  • 1979
    Andreas Thorstensson, Swedish website developer
  • 1979
    Andrew Keegan, American actor
  • 1979
    April Scott, American actress and model
  • 1979
    Joseph Todd, Arena Football League player
  • 1979
    Marvin Agustin, Filipino actor and entrepreneur
  • 1979
    Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player
  • 1980
    Ingimundur Ingimundarson, Icelandic handball player
  • 1980
    Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
  • 1980
    Jason James Richter, American actor
  • 1980
    Yael Bar-Zohar, Israeli actress and model
  • 1981
    Álex Ubago, Spanish musician
  • 1981
    Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor
  • 1981
    Jonny Lang, American musician
  • 1981
    Rui En, Singaporean actress & singer
  • 1982
    Adam Lambert, American actor and singer
  • 1982
    Heidi Mueller, American actress
  • 1982
    Irina Shabayeva American fashion designer
  • 1983
    Nedžad Sinanović, Bosnian basketball player
  • 1985
    Athina Onassis, French heiress
  • 1985
    Isabel Lucas, Australian actress
  • 1985
    Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • 1985
    Mikey Hachey, American musician (Suburban Legends)
  • 1985
    Todd Herzog, American reality-show contestant
  • 1986
    Drew Tyler Bell, American actor
  • 1986
    Jair Jurrjens, Dutch baseball player
  • 1986
    Mark Howard, English football player
  • 1986
    Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin footballer
  • 1987
    Alex Avila, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver
  • 1988
    Stephanie Gilmore, Australian surfer
  • 1988
    Tatyana Chernova, Russian heptathlete
  • 1989
    Kevin Shattenkirk, American ice hockey player
  • 1991
    Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, son of the Duke of Westminster
  • 1993
    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Japanese model, blogger and recording artist
  • 1993
    Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portuguese tennis player

Who Died On January 29?

  • 1119
    Pope Gelasius II
  • 1240
    Pelagio Galvani, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano (b. c. 1165)
  • 1342
    Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)
  • 1597
    Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1608
    Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
  • 1647
    Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
  • 1676
    Tsar Alexis I of Russia (b. 1629)
  • 1678
    Jeronimo Lobo, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1696
    Tsar Ivan V of Russia, Russian tsar (b. 1666)
  • 1706
    Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
  • 1737
    George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1743
    André-Hercule de Fleury, French statesman (b. 1653)
  • 1763
    Louis Racine, French poet (b. 1692)
  • 1820
    King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738)
  • 1829
    Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras, French politician (b. 1755)
  • 1870
    Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)
  • 1871
    Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer (b. 1786)
  • 1888
    Edward Lear, English artist, illustrator, author, and poet (b. 1812)
  • 1899
    Alfred Sisley, British impressionist painter (b. 1839)
  • 1901
    King Milan I of Serbia (b. 1855)
  • 1906
    King Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1818)
  • 1918
    Aleksei Maksimovich Kaledin, Russian-counter revolutionary (b. 1861)
  • 1928
    Douglas Haig, British soldier (b. 1861)
  • 1933
    Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
  • 1934
    Fritz Haber, German chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1868)
  • 1941
    Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and dictator (b. 1871)
  • 1946
    Harry Hopkins, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1890)
  • 1948
    Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)
  • 1950
    Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • 1951
    Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
  • 1956
    H. L. Mencken, American journalist (b. 1880)
  • 1959
    Winifred Brunton, British-born South African painter (b. 1880)
  • 1961
    John F. O'Ryan, American major general (b. 1874)
  • 1962
    Fritz Kreisler, Austrian violinist (b. 1875)
  • 1963
    Robert Frost, American poet (b. 1874)
  • 1964
    Alan Ladd, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1966
    Pierre Mercure, French Canadian composer (b. 1927)
  • 1969
    Allen Dulles, American CIA director (b. 1893)
  • 1970
    B. H. Liddell Hart, British historian (b. 1895)
  • 1975
    Orestis Makris, Greek actor (b. 1898)
  • 1977
    Buster Nupen, South African cricketer (b. 1902)
  • 1977
    Freddie Prinze, American actor and comedian (b. 1954)
  • 1980
    Jimmy Durante, American actor and comedian (b. 1893)
  • 1986
    Leif Erickson, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1989
    Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1991
    Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Willie Dixon, American composer and musician (b. 1915)
  • 1993
    Adetokunbo Ademola, Nigerian Chief Justice (b. 1906)
  • 1993
    Ron Kostelnik, American football player (b. 1940)
  • 1994
    Ulrike Maier, Austrian alpine skier (b. 1967)
  • 1998
    Joseph Alioto, American politician (b. 1916)
  • 1999
    Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2002
    Dick “Night Train” Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    Harold Russell, Canadian-born American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 2004
    M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
  • 2005
    Ephraim Kishon, Israeli satirist (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 2007
    Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • 2008
    Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Margaret Truman, American writer, daughter of Harry S. Truman (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008
    Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • 2009
    Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • 2009
    John Martyn, Scottish singer and songwriter (b. 1948)

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