October 29 On This Date in History

Today’s Historical Events

539 BC King Cyrus “the Great” of Persia marches into Babylon, freeing Jewish captives and allowing them to return home

1268 Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the German Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed with Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily

1268 Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the German Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed with Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily

1390 First trial for witchcraft in Paris

1467 Battle of Brusthem: Charles the Bold defeats Liege

1508 Gelderse troops occupies Kuinre

1552 Tsar Ivan IV escapes back to Moscow after battle

1591 Giovanni A Facchinetti elected as Pope Innocentius IX

1618 English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England

1665 Battle of Mbwila [Ambuila]: Portuguese defeat forces of the Kingdom of Kongo and decapitate King Antonio I of Kongo / Nvita a Nkanga

1675 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz makes the first use of the long s, ∫, for integral, helping discover integral and differential calculus

1682 William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania

1709 England & Netherlands sign anti-French “Barrieretraktaat”

1727 Severe earthquake in New England

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.

1794 French troops occupy Venlo (modern south east Netherlands)

1811 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans

1814 “Demologos”, 1st steam-powered warship, is launched in New York for the US Navy

1833 1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded

1859 Spain declares war on Morocco

1863 International Committee of Red Cross forms as result Geneva held conference (Nobel 1917, 1944, 1963)

1864 Greek parliament accepts new Constitution

1867 Mail packets “Rhone” & “Wye” capsize off St Thomas, Virgin Islands

1872 J. S. Risdon of Genoa, Illinois, patents the metal windmill

1881 Judge (U.S. magazine) first published

1888 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company

1929 “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression”

2015 China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years

Today’s Events in Film & Television History

1956 NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley first team up in “The Huntley–Brinkley Report”

1970 WYEA (now WLTZ) TV channel 38 in Columbus, GA (NBC) 1st broadcast

1998 ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.

2008 “Quantum of Solace” 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

2020 Three people stabbed to death in church in Nice, France, in an terrorist attack, after similar attack and President Macron’s defense of right to publish cartoons of Prophet Muhammad


Today’s Events in Music History

1787 Opera “Don Giovanni”, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte premieres at the National Theater of Bohemia in Prague

1923 Gibbs, Grey and Wood’s revue “Runnin’ Wild” (introducing “The Charleston”) opens on Broadway, New York City

1924 Musical revue “Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater

1936 Cole Porters musical “Red Hot And Blue”, starring Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante, and Bob Hope, opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 183 performances

1941 Cole Porter‘s musical “Let’s Face It” opens at the Imperial Theatre, NYC; runs 547 performances

1963 “Meet the Beatles” booklet is published

1967 Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado’s musical “Hair” premieres in NYC

1977 John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical “The Act”, starring Liza Minnelli, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 233 performances and wins a Tony Award

1982 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson release single “The Girl is Mine”; peaks at # 2 in US, and #8

1994 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour at Earls Court in London

1995 “Fool Moon” opens at Ambassador Theater NYC

Today’s Events in Sports History

1889 “World Championship” Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: defending champion NY Giants (NL) beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA), 3-2 in Game 9 to claim series, 6-3

1910 Hamilton running back / kicker Ben Simpson lands CFL record 11 singles in Tigers 14-7 win over Montreal at Montreal AAA Grounds

1920 Ed Barrow appointed GM of NY Yankees

1931 Lefty Grove, A’s pitcher who won 31 games, is named the AL’s MVP

1939 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3

1942 Branch Rickey named president and General Manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

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