What happened on October 29? There are more than 258 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 October 29

October 29 In HistoryOctober 29 is the 303rd day of the year 2020. There are 63 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 44th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Newark, Delaware 19717 sunrise will occur at 07:28 AM and sunset will occur at 06:03 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Scorpio. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 106 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For October 29

  • 539 BC
    Cyrus the Great enters the city of Babylon, detains Nabonidus and ends the Babylonian captivity. He gives the Jews permission to return to Yehud province and to rebuild the Temple; but most Jews choose to remain in Babylon.
  • 312
    Constantine the Great enters Rome after his victory at the Milvian Bridge, stages a grand adventus in the city, and is met with popular jubilation. Maxentius’ body is fished out of the Tiber and beheaded.
  • 437
    Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II, Eastern Roman Emperor in Constantinople unifying the two branches of the House of Theodosius.
  • 969
    Byzantine troops occupy Antioch Syria.
  • 1268
    Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings of Germany and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed along with his companion Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily, a political rival and ally to the hostile Roman Catholic church.
  • 1390
    First trial for witchcraft in Paris leading to the death of three people.
  • 1422
    Charles VII of France becomes king in succession to his father Charles VI of France.
  • 1467
    Battle of Brustem: Charles the Bold defeats Liege.
  • 1611
    Russian homage to the King of Poland, Sigismund III Vasa.
  • 1618
    English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
  • 1658
    Battle of the Sound.
  • 1665
    Battle of Ambuila, in which Portuguese forces defeat the forces of the Kingdom of Kongo and decapitated king Antonio I of Kongo, also called Nvita a Nkanga.
  • 1675
    Leibniz makes the first use of the long s (∫) as a symbol of the integral in calculus.
  • 1787
    Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.
  • 1792
    Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Wauhatchie – Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant repel a Confederate attack led by General James Longstreet. Union forces thus open a supply line into Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • 1863
    Eighteen countries meet in Geneva and agree to form the International Red Cross.
  • 1886
    The first ticker-tape parade takes place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
  • 1901
    Capital punishment: Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President William McKinley, is executed by electrocution.
  • 1901
    In Amherst, Massachusetts nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • 1918
    The German High Seas Fleet is incapacitated when sailors mutiny on the night of the 29th-30th, an action which would trigger the German Revolution of 1918–1919.
  • 1921
    Second trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in the United States of America.
  • 1921
    The Harvard University football team loses to Centre College, ending a 25 game winning streak. This is considered one of the biggest upsets in college football.
  • 1921
    The Link River Dam, a part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, is completed.
  • 1922
    The King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, appoints Benito Mussolini as Prime Minister.
  • 1923
    Turkey becomes a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1929
    The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or “Black Tuesday”, ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression.
  • 1941
    The Holocaust: In the Kaunas Ghetto over 10,000 Jews are shot by German occupiers at the Ninth Fort, a massacre known as the “Great Action”.
  • 1942
    The Holocaust: In the United Kingdom, leading clergymen and political figures hold a public meeting to register outrage over Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews.
  • 1944
    The city of Breda in the Netherlands is liberated by 1st Polish Armoured Division.
  • 1945
    Getulio Vargas, president of Brazil, resigns.
  • 1948
    Safsaf massacre.
  • 1953
    BCPA Flight 304 DC-6 crashes near San Francisco, California. Pianist William Kapell is among the 19 killed.
  • 1955
    The Soviet battleship Novorossiisk strikes a World War II mine in the harbor at Sevastopol.
  • 1956
    Suez Crisis begins: Israeli forces invade the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.
  • 1956
    The Tangier Protocol is signed: The international city Tangier is reintegrated into Morocco.
  • 1957
    Israel’s prime minister David Ben Gurion and five of his ministers are injured when a hand grenade is tossed into Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.
  • 1960
    In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.
  • 1961
    Syria exits from the United Arab Republic.
  • 1964
    A collection of irreplaceable gems, including the 565 carat (113 g) Star of India, is stolen by a group of thieves (among them is “Murph the surf”) from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
  • 1964
    The United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar is renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • 1967
    London criminal Jack McVitie is murdered by the Kray twins, leading to their eventual imprisonment and downfall.
  • 1967
    Montreal’s World Fair, Expo 67, closes with over 50 million visitors.
  • 1969
    The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
  • 1971
    In Macon, Georgia, guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorcycle accident.
  • 1980
    Demonstration flight of a secretly modified C-130 for an Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt ends in crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base’s Duke Field, Florida leading to cancellation of Operation Credible Sport.
  • 1980
    Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s murderer, leaves for New York from his home in Hawaii.
  • 1983
    Over 500,000 people demonstrate against cruise missiles in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • 1985
    Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multi-party election in Liberia.
  • 1986
    British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway.
  • 1991
    The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid.
  • 1994
    Francisco Martin Duran fires over two dozen shots at the White House (Duran is later convicted of trying to kill US President Bill Clinton).
  • 1998
    ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
  • 1998
    Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
  • 1998
    Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, makes landfall in Honduras.
  • 1998
    Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
  • 1998
    The Gothenburg nightclub fire in Sweden kills 63 and injures 200.
  • 1998
    While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he is landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel.
  • 1999
    A large cyclone devastates Orissa, India.
  • 2002
    Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store where 1500 people are shopping. Over 60 people die and over 100 are unaccounted for. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
  • 2004
    In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution which, however, failed to be ratified by all signatory countries and therefore never entered into force.
  • 2004
    The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
  • 2005
    Bombings in Delhi kill more than 60.
  • 2008
    Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.
  • 2011
    Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.

Who Were Born On October 29?

  • 1017
    Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1056)
  • 1682
    Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (d. 1761)
  • 1690
    Martin Folkes, English antiquarian (d. 1754)
  • 1704
    John Byng, British admiral (d. 1757)
  • 1740
    James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson (d. 1795)
  • 1815
    Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, author of Slovak language (d. 1856)
  • 1815
    Daniel Emmett, American composer (d. 1904)
  • 1822
    Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (d. 1902)
  • 1827
    Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist (d. 1907)
  • 1832
    Narcisa de Jesús Martillo, Ecuadorian saint (d. 1869)
  • 1855
    Paul Bruchési, archbishop of Montreal (d. 1939)
  • 1861
    Andrei Ryabushkin, Russian painter (d. 1904)
  • 1866
    Antonio Luna, Filipino revolutionary general (d. 1899)
  • 1875
    Queen Marie of Romania (d. 1938)
  • 1877
    Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (d. 1966)
  • 1877
    Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (d. 1973)
  • 1879
    Alva B. Adams, American politician (d. 1941)
  • 1879
    Franz von Papen, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1880
    Abram Ioffe, Soviet physicist (d. 1960)
  • 1882
    Jean Giraudoux, French writer (d. 1944)
  • 1891
    Fanny Brice, American singer (d. 1951)
  • 1897
    Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda (d. 1945)
  • 1899
    Akim Tamiroff, Russian actor (d. 1972)
  • 1906
    Fredric Brown, American science fiction and mystery writer (d. 1972)
  • 1907
    Edwige Feuillère, French film actress (d. 1998)
  • 1910
    Alfred Ayer, British philosopher (d. 1989)
  • 1915
    William Berenberg, American physician (d. 2005)
  • 1917
    Eddie Constantine, American actor/singer (d. 1993)
  • 1918
    Bernard Gordon, American writer and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-born immunologist, Nobel laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1920
    Catholicos Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I Catholicos, Indian Orthodox Church
  • 1921
    Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • 1922
    Neal Hefti, American jazz musician (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Carl Djerassi, Austrian chemist
  • 1923
    Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs, Dutch athlete
  • 1925
    Dominick Dunne, American author (d. 2009)
  • 1925
    Robert Hardy, English actor
  • 1926
    Jon Vickers, Canadian tenor
  • 1929
    Yevgeny Primakov, Russian politician
  • 1930
    Bertha Brouwer, Dutch athlete (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Natalie Sleeth, American composer (d. 1992)
  • 1930
    Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor (d. 2002)
  • 1930
    Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer
  • 1931
    Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor
  • 1935
    Takahata Isao, Japanese animated film director
  • 1936
    Akiko Kojima, Japanese model
  • 1938
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
  • 1938
    Ralph Bakshi, American cartoonist
  • 1940
    Connie Mack, U.S. Senator from Florida
  • 1940
    Frida Boccara, French singer (d. 1996)
  • 1940
    Galen Weston, Canadian businessman and philanthropist
  • 1940
    José Ulises Macías Salcedo, Catholic bishop
  • 1942
    Bob Ross, American artist and television host (d. 1995)
  • 1942
    Melora Harte, American voice actor
  • 1943
    Don Simpson, American film producer (d. 1996)
  • 1944
    Claude Brochu, Canadian businessman and sports executive (Montreal Expos)
  • 1944
    Denny Laine, English musician (Moody Blues, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Wings)
  • 1944
    Otto Wiesheu, German minister
  • 1945
    Melba Moore, American singer
  • 1946
    Lynn Carey, American actress and singer (Mama Lion)
  • 1946
    Peter Green, English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1947
    Helen Coonan, Australian politician
  • 1947
    Richard Dreyfuss, American actor
  • 1948
    Frans de Waal, Dutch primatologist
  • 1948
    Kate Jackson, American actress
  • 1949
    David Paton, Scottish musician (Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project, Camel)
  • 1949
    James Williamson, American guitarist
  • 1949
    Kieron Baker, English footballer
  • 1949
    Paul Orndorff, American professional wrestler
  • 1950
    Abdullah Gul, Turkish President
  • 1950
    Bronwen Mantel, Canadian actress and voice actor
  • 1951
    Dirk Kempthorne, American politician, 49th United States Secretary of the Interior and 30th Governor of Idaho
  • 1951
    Tiff Needell, British racing driver and television presenter
  • 1953
    Denis Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955
    Boy Abunda, Filipino journalist and television personality
  • 1955
    Kevin DuBrow, American singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1955
    Roger O'Donnell, English musician (The Cure)
  • 1956
    Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1957
    Dan Castellaneta, American voice actor
  • 1958
    Blažej Baláž, Slovak painter
  • 1958
    David Remnick, American writer and editor of The New Yorker
  • 1959
    Jesse Barfield, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Mike Gartner, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Finola Hughes, British actress
  • 1960
    Thorsten Schlumberger, German footballer
  • 1961
    Joel Otto, American ice hockey player turned coach
  • 1961
    Randy Jackson, American musician
  • 1962
    Einar Örn Benediktsson, Icelandic musician (The Sugarcubes)
  • 1964
    Eddie McGuire, Australian television presenter
  • 1964
    Yasmin Le Bon, British model
  • 1967
    Joely Fisher, American actress
  • 1967
    Rufus Sewell, English actor
  • 1968
    Johann Olav Koss, Norwegian speed skater
  • 1968
    Tsunku, Japanese music producer
  • 1969
    Eleni Menegaki, Greek TV presenter
  • 1969
    Giorgos Donis, Greek footballer
  • 1969
    SA Martinez, American singer (311)
  • 1970
    Edwin van der Sar, Dutch footballer
  • 1970
    Phillip Cocu, Dutch footballer
  • 1971
    Daniel J. Bernstein, American professor
  • 1971
    Matthew Hayden, Australian cricketer
  • 1971
    Winona Ryder, American actress
  • 1972
    Gabrielle Union, American actress
  • 1972
    Takafumi Horie, Japanese entrepreneur
  • 1972
    Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress
  • 1973
    Éric Messier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Robert Pirès, French footballer
  • 1974
    Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • 1975
    Kelly Lin, Chinese actress
  • 1976
    Giorgos Kalaitzis, Greek basketball player
  • 1976
    Milena Govich, American actress
  • 1976
    Stephen Craigan, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1977
    Brendan Fehr, Canadian actor
  • 1977
    Jon Abrahams, American actor
  • 1977
    Vaggelis Kaounos, Greek footballer
  • 1978
    Travis Henry, American football player
  • 1979
    Andrew-Lee Potts, English actor
  • 1979
    Ignasi Giménez Renom, Catalan politician
  • 1980
    B.J. Sams, American football player
  • 1980
    Ben Foster, American actor
  • 1980
    Kaine Robertson, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
  • 1981
    Amanda Beard, American swimmer
  • 1981
    Georgios Fotakis, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    Jonathan Brown, Australian Australian rules footballer
  • 1981
    Reema Sen, Indian actress
  • 1982
    Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1982
    Chelan Simmons, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Dana Eveland, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish racing driver
  • 1983
    Maurice Clarett, American football player
  • 1983
    Richard Brancatisano, Australian actor
  • 1984
    Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Jefferson Severino, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Sarita Pérez de Tagle, Filipina actress and model
  • 1987
    Frazer McLaren, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Jessica Dubé, Canadian figure skater
  • 1987
    Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
  • 1990
    Eric Saade, Swedish singer
  • 1993
    India Eisley, American actress

Who Died On October 29?

  • 1038
    Aethelnoth, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1138
    Bolesław III Krzywousty, Duke of Poland (b. 1086)
  • 1268
    Conradin, Duke of Swabia (b. 1252)
  • 1268
    Frederick I, Margrave of Baden (b. 1249)
  • 1321
    Stephen Uroš II, King of Serbia (b. 1253)
  • 1590
    Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert, Dutch politician (b. 1522)
  • 1618
    Sir Walter Raleigh, English explorer (b. 1554)
  • 1650
    David Calderwood, Scottish historian (b. 1575)
  • 1666
    Edmund Calamy the Elder, English Presbyterian leader (b. 1600)
  • 1666
    James Shirley, English dramatist (b. 1596)
  • 1783
    Jean le Rond d'Alembert, French mathematician (b. 1717)
  • 1829
    Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian musician (b. 1751)
  • 1877
    Nathan Bedford Forrest, American Confederate general (b. 1821)
  • 1897
    Henry George, American writer, politician and political economist (b. 1839)
  • 1901
    Leon Czolgosz, American assassin of U.S. President William McKinley (b. 1873)
  • 1905
    Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1911
    Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born newspaper publisher (b. 1847)
  • 1916
    John Sebastian Little, American politician and congressman (b. 1851)
  • 1919
    A. B. Simpson, Canadian preacher (b. 1843)
  • 1932
    Joseph Babiński, Polish-French neurologist (b. 1857)
  • 1933
    Albert Calmette, French physician (b. 1863)
  • 1933
    Paul Painlevé, French mathematician and politician (b. 1853)
  • 1936
    Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer and political theorist (b. 1874)
  • 1939
    Dwight B. Waldo, American educator and historian (b. 1864)
  • 1940
    Phan Boi Chau, Vietnamese nationalist (b. 1867)
  • 1941
    Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1949
    George Gurdjieff, Armenian mystic (b. 1872)
  • 1950
    King Gustaf V of Sweden (b. 1858)
  • 1953
    William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 1957
    Louis B. Mayer, American film producer (b. 1885)
  • 1957
    Rosemarie Nitribitt, German call girl (b. 1933)
  • 1958
    Zoe Akins, American playwright (b. 1886)
  • 1963
    Adolphe Menjou, American actor (b. 1890)
  • 1971
    Arne Tiselius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1971
    Duane Allman, American musician (b. 1946)
  • 1977
    Chiyonoyama Masanobu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 41st Yokozuna (b. 1926)
  • 1981
    Georges Brassens, French singer (b. 1921)
  • 1986
    Mimis Fotopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1913)
  • 1987
    Woody Herman, American musician (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    Lipman Bers, American Mathematician (b.1914)
  • 1994
    Shlomo Goren, Israeli Chief Rabbi (b. 1918)
  • 1995
    Terry Southern, American screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 1997
    Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos, Greek-American astronomer and NASA astrophysicist (b. 1947)
  • 1997
    Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan (b. 1930)
  • 1998
    Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1999
    Michel Regnier (Greg), Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon) (b. 1931)
  • 2002
    Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • 2003
    Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Hal Clement, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2004
    Vaughn Meader, American comedian (b. 1936)
  • 2006
    Mohammadu Maccido, 18th Sultan of Sokoto (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • 2011
    Jimmy Savile, British media personality (b. 1926)

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