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29 Oct, 1929 - U.S.A. Stock Market Crash
1929 : The Stock Market Crash on Black Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors, and stock tickers ran hours behind because the machinery could not handle the tremendous volume of trading. Partly due to the crash America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression of the 1930's
. Some of the closing prices from that day are listed below:
US Steel 175
Westinghouse Electric 125
American Telephone 220
American Can 119
29 Oct, 1921 - U.S.A. Tuberculosis
1921 : Clinics are being opened in many cities across the country in an attempt to discover the number of cases of incipient tuberculosis, from the results so far the numbers are much higher than first thought and in some areas as many as 80% of those going for tests are infected.
29 Oct, 1923 - Republic of Turkey Created
: The Treaty of Lausanne of July 24th
leads to the creation of the "Republic of Turkey" and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk becomes it's first President.
29 Oct, 1927 - Italian Liner Mafalda Sinks
1927 : As more of the passengers rescued from the Italian Liner Mafalda are being bought to Rio De Janeiro tales of steerage passengers and stewards looting passengers and a wild scramble to the lifeboats with fights occurring on the lifeboats . As the ship was sinking a call was made for women and children from first class to board the lifeboats but steerage immigrants and the ships stokers rushed the lifeboats leaving the ship in chaos and 3 of the lifeboats overturned. Charges that the lifeboats on board could only carry 500 of the total 1286 on board led to the panic. Currently 331 are still missing presumed dead as the waters where the ship went down is heavily infested with sharks who were taking people as they entered the water. Shortly before the ships departure engineers at Genoa had declared the ship unsafe.
29 Oct, 1942 - World War II Rommel
1942 : The push against Rommel forces by the 8th Army in North Africa continues to gain ground as heavy losses are inflicted on Rommels Tank's by the British army and American Fighter Pilots are pounding the supply lines to stop the enemy from getting much needed reinforcements.
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29 Oct, 1948 - U.S.A. Deadly Smog
1948 : A poison cloud of deadly smog settles on Donora Pennsylvania causing the deaths of 19 and hospitalization of 50, the poison in the cloud was caused by a local company which was smelting Zinc causing it to combine with the smog.
29 Oct, 1956 - Middle East Israel Invades Egypt
1956 : After Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal Israel invades Egypt causing the start of the Suez Crisis.
29 Oct, 1964 - Middle East Israel Invades Egypt
1964 : The Star of India (563.35 carat (112.67 g) star sapphire) and the Eagle Diamond (16.25 carat discovered in Eagle, Wisconsin) are stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Star of India is later recovered but the Eagle Diamond is never found.
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29 Oct, 1967 - U.S.A. Hair Opens
1967 : Hair Opens at The Shakespeare Public Theater in New York City and runs from October 29, 1967 - December 10
, 1967. Hair was the first musical based on long-haired, peace-loving, freewheeling hippy era. The show struggled to find a longer term home but in 1968 The show opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater on April 29th
, 1968. and ran for 4 yrs with 1,742 performances.
29 Oct, 1967 - UK Jack McVitie
1967 : Jack McVitie the notorious London drug dealer and hitman is murdered by Reggie Kray. Reggie Kray was found guilty of the murder in 1969
and received life imprisonment.
29 Oct, 1969 - U.S.A. ARPANET
October 29th, 1969 : The first host-to-host connection over the ARPANET (predecessor of the Internet) is made when the first message is sent between two computers at University of California, Los Angeles.
29 Oct, 1975 - Spain Franco Resigns
1975 : Following a long term illness Franco resigns as head of state after ruling the country for 36 years, Prince Juan Carlos will become the first King of Spain for 44 years since the Spanish Civil War.
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29 Oct, 1982 - Australia Dingo Baby Case
October 29th, 1982 : Lindy Chamberlain found guilty of the murder of her 9 week old daughter after a jury dismissed her claim that a dingo took the baby.
29 Oct, 1983 - Netherlands Cruise Missile Demonstrations
1983 : The largest mass demonstration in Dutch history when 500,000 people demonstrate against against the deployment of cruise missiles on Netherlands soil.
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29 Oct, 1986 - UK M25 Completed
October 29th, 1986 : The final stretch of the M25 motorway is opened by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The M25 circles Greater London from Dartford Crossing A282 to Dartford Crossing A282 (which provides the link across the River Thames).
29 Oct, 1998 - Honduras Hurricane Mitch
1998 : Hurricane Mitch strikes Honduras, although by the time is struck Honduras it had decreased significantly from a Category 5 hurricane, it is one of the most deadly hurricanes on record due to it's slow speed across the country and severe rainfalls. Because of the rainfall (with reports of 3 to 6ft of rain) flooding and landslides never seen before make it the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history when over 11,000 people are killed in Honduras and Nicaragua.
29 Oct, 1998 - South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission
October 29th, 1998
: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was to "was to uncover the truth about past abuse, using amnesty as a means of allowing perpetrators of crimes relating to human rights violations, to apologize rather than to be punished past crimes". The commission presented its report on this day in history which condemned both sides for committing atrocities.
29 Oct, 1999 - India Cyclone
1999 : A cyclone with winds up to 160 MPH sweeps through the state of Orissa in eastern India leaving thousands more homeless after a tidal wave runs across the low lying plains along the coast.
29 Oct, 2002 - Vietnam Deadly Fire
October 29th, 2002 : A deadly fire at the International Trade Centre in Ho Chi Minh City a modern state of the art Mall containing 400 stores and restaurants in the southern commercial center of the country claims the lives of 60 and injured a further 100.
29 Oct, 2004 - Italy European Constitution
2004 : The European Constitution is established when 25 European heads of state sign the Treaty in Rome. The treaty required each member state to ratify before becoming law but French and Dutch voters rejected the treaty in referendums and the treaty is not implemented.
29 Oct, 2005 - India Terrorist Bombs
October 29th, 2005 : Three terrorist bombs explode in crowded marketplace bazaars within minutes of each other, killing at least 61 people.
29 Oct, 2007 - Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Justicialist Party) becomes the first elected female President of Argentina. Isabel Perón was the first female President of Argentina (after the death of her husband Juan Perón) but not through election.
29 Oct, 2008 - United States Federal Reserve reduced to 1%
October 29th, 2008 : The Federal Reserve has cut its key interest rate for the second time in the last month from 2.0% to 1.5% and now to 1.0% in a widely expected move, as it aims to avoid a possible US recession. It is expected other central banks around the world will follow.
29 Oct, 2011 - China Blast Kills Miners
2011 : An explosion at a the Xialiuchong coal mine killed twenty-nine miners and injured another six. The mine was located in Southern China's Hunan province.
29 Oct, 2012 - Egyptian Coptic Pope
October 29th, 2012 : A council of Egyptian Copts have chosen their candidates to succeed Pope Shenouda III who had died earlier in the year. The three candidates, two bishops and monk, will have their names placed in a box on an alter where a blindfolded child will choose one of the names to become the new Coptic Christian Pope on November 4th
29 Oct, 2013 - Tunnel Links Europe and Asia
2013 : The Marmaray sub-sea tunnel was officially opened in Turkey. The tunnel was built to link Europe and Asia through the Bosphorus Strait. It is the first tunnel to connect two continents together and it was built with the intention to withstand damage from earthquakes.
Born This Day In History 29th October
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29th October 1947
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Known For :
Academy Award winning actor, who has starred in a number of Movies and TV shows including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Oliver Twist and Poseidon (2006
). He also won "Academy Award for Best Actor" for his role of Elliott Garfield in The Goodbye Girl (1977).
29th October 1971
Winona Laura Horowitz, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Known For :
American actress who has starred in a number of movies and been nominated a couple of times for Academy awards for best actress and best supporting actress. Some of her movies include Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mermaids, The Age of Innocence, Little Women and Great Balls of Fire!. She was also featured on nightly news following her arrest for shoplifting from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California, after a highly publicized trial she was found guilty and convicted of grand theft and sentenced to three years' probation with 480 hours of community service.