29th April

Born on this Day 29th April
1667 John Arbuthnot
1769 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
1810 Thomas Adolphus Trollope
1875 Rafael Sabatini
1879 Thomas Beecham
1895 Malcolm Sargent
1899 Duke Ellington
1901 Hirohito, Emperor of Japan
1908 Tom Ewell
1931 Lonnie Donegan
1937 Jill Paton Walsh
1938 Fred Dibnah
1941 Jonah Barrington
1944 Francis Lee
1949 Anita Dobson
1949 Francis Rossi
1952 David Icke
1954 Jerry Seinfeld
1957 Daniel Day Lewis
1957 Michelle Pfeiffer
1958 Martin Whitmarsh
1960 Phil King
1966 Phil Tufnell
1970 Andre Agassi
1970 Uma Thurman
1979 Ryan Sharp, Jo O’Meara, Matt Tong
1980 Kian Egan
1989 Charlotte Francis

Died on this Day
1967 J.B. Lenoir
1988 Andrew Cruickshank


1962 Jerry Lee Lewis began his second UK tour.

1986 Spanda Ballet’s Steve Norman and Gary & Martin Kemp were involved in a car crash in Berlin, but all escaped without injury.


1967 After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.

1983 A death threat to Steve Davis caused a 35 minute delay to his semi-final match against Alex Higgins in the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield as police searched spectators and the Crucible Theatre.

1984 Italian racing driver Michele Alboreto won the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder in a Ferrari.

1990 21 year old Scottish snooker player Stephen Hendry became the youngest ever winner of the World Snooker Championship, beating Jimmy White by 18 frames to 12.

People & Showbiz

1968 The controversial musical Hair opens on Broadway.

1988 McDonalds announced the opening of 20 hamburger restaurants in the Soviet Union.

1992 Patti Davis, the daughter of Nancy Reagan alleged that her mother had regularly beaten her as a child and that she had been a frequent drug user.

General Events

1376 Sir Peter de la Mare took office as the first Speaker of the House of Commons.

1429 Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans.

1661 Ming Dynasty loyalist Cheng Cheng Kung landed in Taiwan and ousted the Dutch colonists who had occupied the country for 37 years. The day is now remembered with festivals, especially in the Tainan, South Taiwan where the Dutch had their headquarters.

1770 James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia.

1781 American Revolutionary War: British and French ships clash in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique.

1909 The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the People’s Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public.

1913 The modern-day zipper was patented by Swedish born engineer Gideon Sundback from New Jersey, USA.

1935 The first cats eyes were laid in British roads. They had been invented by Percy Shaw of Yorkshire a year earlier.

1985 American Space Shuttle Challenger took off from Kennedy Space Centre for 111 orbits of the earth with its crew of 7 and rats & dogs. The shuttle landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base on May 6th.

1990 British Satellite Broadcasting launched its satellite television service.

1991 South East Bangladesh was struck by a cyclone killing around 140,000 people.

1995 It was reported that MI5’s secret telephone number, used by agents to contact their controllers, had been published on the Internet.

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