On This Day..... October 29

 

OCTOBER 29TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CAT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • FANNY BRICE (1891-1951)
  • JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945)
 
  • BOB ROSS (1942-1995)
  • RICHARD DREYFUSS (1947, 71)
 
  • KATE JACKSON (1948, 70)
  • DAN CASTELLANETTA (HOMER SIMPSON) (1957, 61)
 
  • WINONA RYDER (1971, 47)
  • GABRIELLE UNION (1972, 46)
 
  • TRACEE ELLIS ROSS (1972, 46)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN  1618, SIR WALTER RALEIGH IS BEHEADED FOR CONSPIRING AGAINST KING JAMES
  • IN 1682, WILLIAM PENN LANDS IN CHESTER IN WHAT IS NOW PENNSYLVANIA
  • IN 1787, MOZART DEBUTS HIS OPERA “DON GIOVANNI” IN PRAGUE
  • IN 1833, KAPPA ALPHA BECOMES THE FIRST FRATERNITY TO HAVE ITS OWN HOUSE AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE
 
  • IN 1863, THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS OFFICIALLY FORMS IN RESPONSE TO CONFERENCES ON PRISONERS OF WAR IN GENEVA
  • IN 1877, CONFEDERATE GENERAL AND KKK GRAND WIZARD NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST DIES AT 56
  • IN 1901, A NURSE NAMES JANE TOPPAN IS ARRESTED FOR MURDERING THE DAVIS FAMILY OF BOSTON WITH A MORPHINE OVERDOSE
  • IN 1901, LEON CZOLGOSZ IS EXECUTED FOR ASSASSINATING PRESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY
 
  • IN 1904, ONE LEGGED GERMAN AMERICAN GEORGE EYSER WINS SIX OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS FOR GYMNASTICS IN A SINGLE DAY
  • IN 1911, JOSEPH PULITZER DIES AT 64
  • IN 1923, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE OFFICIALLY FOLDS AS TURKEY DECLARES INDEPENDENCE AS A REPUBLIC
  • IN 1929, “BLACK TUESDAY” ON WALL STREET CRASHES THE STOCK MARKET, BEGINNING THE GREAT DEPRESSION
 
  • IN 1940, SECRETARY OF WAR HENRY STIMSON BEGINS THE FIRST EVER LOTTERY FOR A PEACE TIME MILITARY DRAFT
  • IN 1945, BIRO RELEASES THE FIRST BALL POINT PEN
  • IN 1951, FRANK SINATRA’S FIRST WIFE NANCY DIVORCES HIS AFTER 12 YEARS DUE TO INFIDELITY
  • IN 1956, CHET HUNTLEY AND DAVID BRINKLEY TEAM UP ON NBC FOR THE HUNTLEY-BRINKLEY REPORT
 
  • IN 1957, LOUIS B. MAYER, THE MOVIE PRODUCER CREDITED WITH POPULARIZING THE CONCEPT OF “MOVIE STARS” DIES AT 71
  • IN 1958, BORIS PASTERNACK TURNS DOWN THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
  • IN 1960, CASSIUS CLAY WINS HIS FIRST EVER PROFESSIONAL FIGHT AGAINST TUNNEY HUNSAKER IN SIX ROUNDS
 
  • IN 1964, THE STAR OF INDIA, THE WORLD’S LARGEST SAPPHIRE, IS AMONG 23 RARE JEWELS STOLEN FROM AN EXHIBIT AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
  • IN 1965, THE WHO RELEASE “MY GENERATION”
  • IN 1966, THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN IS FOUNDED
 
  • IN 1969, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT ALL SCHOOLS MUST DESEGREGATE
  • IN 1971, DUANE ALLMAN OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND DIES IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WHEN HE SWERVED TO AVOID A TRACTOR TRAILER
  • IN 1973, VOLKSWAGON SUES THE NATIONAL LAMPOON OVER A CARTOON SATIRIZING TED KENNEDY AND THE CHAPPAQUIDDICK SCANDAL THAT STATED “IF TED KENNEDY DROVE A VOLKSWAGON, HE’D BE PRESIDENT TODAY”
 
  • IN 1974, LAWS ARE PASSED TO BAN DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEX OR MARITAL STATUS WHEN MAKING CREDIT DECISIONS
  • IN 1982, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND MICHAEL JACKSON RELEASE “THE GIRL IS MINE”
 
  • IN 1983, DOLLY PARTON AND KENNY ROGERS HIT #1 WITH “ISLANDS IN THE STREAM”
  • IN 1988, 2,000 ANTI-ABORTION PROTESTORS ARE ARRESTED AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR BLOCKING THE ENTRANCES TO ABORTION CLINICS
 
  • IN 1988, ENYA HITS #1 WITH “ORINOCO FLOW”
  • IN 1993, ACE OF BASE RELEASES “THE SIGN”
  • IN 1998, 77 YEAR OLD JOHN GLENN BECOMES THE OLDEST PERSON TO GO INTO SPACE ON BOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY
 
  • IN 1999, A CYCLONE IN THE INDIAN OCEAN HITS ODISHA, INDIA AND KILLS ALMOST 10,000 PEOPLE
  • IN 2004, 25 EUROPEAN HEADS OF STATE SIGN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN ROME
  • IN 2004, AL JAZEERA AIRS A VIDEO FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN IN WHICH HE ADMITS TO PLANNING THE 9/11 ATTACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
 
  • IN 2008, DELTA AND NORTHWEST AIRLINES MERGE TO FORM THE WORLD’S LARGEST AIRLINE AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN MAJOR CARRIER TO FIVE
  • IN 2008, THE 22ND JAMES BOND FILM “QUANTUM OF SOLACE” OPENS WITH DANIEL CRAIG AS JAMES BOND
 
  • IN 2011, RECORD BREAKING SNOW IN THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES LEAVES TWO MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER FOR 36 HOURS
  • IN 2012, HURRICANE SANDY HITS NEW JERSEY KILLING 110 PEOPLE AND FORCING THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE TO CLOSE
 
  • IN 2012, RANDOM HOUSE MERGES WITH PENGUIN PUBLISHING TO FORM THE LARGEST PUBLISHING COMPANY IN THE WORLD
  • IN 2015, CHINA SUSPENDS ITS 35 YEAR “ONE CHILD” POLICY
  • IN 2015, PAUL RYAN BECOMES SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 

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