Born on this Day 29th October
1877 Wilfred Rhodes
1891 Fanny Brice
1909 Francis Bacon
1925 Robert Hardy
1941 George Davis
1947 Richard Dreyfuss
1949 Kate Jackson
1964 Yasmin Le Bon
1967 Rufus Sewell
1969 David Farr
1971 Winona Ryder
1974 Michael Vaughan
1978 Kelly Smith
1979 Andrew-Lee Potts
1985 Cal Crutchlow
1985 Janet Montgomery
1988 Sam Hutsby
1991 Grant Hall
Died On This Day
1618 Sir Walter Raleigh
1911 Joseph Pulitzer
1988 Pietro Annigoni
1955 4 versions of ‘Hey There’ by different artists were in the UK singles chart at the same time- by Sammy Davis Jnr, Johnnie Ray, Rosemary Clooney and the Johnstone Brothers.
1990 Paul McCartney released his ‘Tripping The Live Fantastic- Highlights!’ album.
1960 Muhammad Ali won his first professional fight beating Tunney Hunsaker.
1988 In a recreation ofthe Chariots of Fire race, which in 1927 saw Lord Burghley beat Harold Abrahams in a sprint around the Great Court of Trinity College, Cambridge, Sebastian Coe beat Steve Cram in a time of 45.52 seconds. In the original race Lord Burghley had won in 42.5 seconds.
1991 Colin McMillan became the fastest outright winner of a Lonsdale Belt.
People & Showbiz
1987 Penelope Lively won the Booker Prize for fiction with her novel ‘Moon Tiger’.
1991 Members of the cast of Coronation Street appeared in the High Court to testify for Bill Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since 1960. He was suing The Sun for alleging he was as boring in real life as the character he played.
1863 The International Red Cross was founded by Henri Dunant.
1929 Wall Street suffered the crash known as Black Tuesday.
1982 34 year old Lindy Chamberlain whose baby daughter Azaria disappeared in the Australian outback, was convicted of murdering the child and given a life sentence with hard labour.
1982 More than 20 whales were found stranded on a sandbank off the mouth ofthe River Haven, Lincolnshire.
1986 The final section of the M25 London orbital motorway was iopened.
1992 A 14 year old girl from Surrey obtained a court order allowing her to divorce her parents and move out of the family home after claims of abuse and neglect. It was thought to be the first case of its kind in Britain
2008 Jonathan Ross and Russle Brand suspended by the BBC