This Day in History - January 29

January 29

1595 – William Shakespeare’s Rome and Juliet is thought to have been first performed, while the play was officially published in 1597

1737 – Political essayist, Thomas Paine, is born

1777 – Major General William Heath’s army abandon their siege on Fort Independence, New York, as storms and the British approach

1802 – For $2 a day in pay, John Beckley becomes the first Librarian of Congress

1820 – British King George III dies

1834 – President Andrew Jackson becomes the first president to use federal troops to stop an uprising when he sends in troops to stop a labor riot from rebelling workers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

1843 – 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, is born

1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is published in the New York Evening Mirror

1850 – Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850, bills dealing with slavery, to the Senate

1860 – Russian physician and author Anton Chekhov is born

1861 – Kansas becomes the 34th state

1862 – English composer Frederick Delius is born

1865 – William Quantrill’s Confederate Raiders attack Danville, Kentucky

1880 – Comedian and actor WC Fields is born

1886 – Karl Benz receives a patent for the first successful gasoline-powered car

1891 – Liliuokalani becomes the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands when her brother, King Kalakaua, dies

1896 – Emile Grubbe becomes the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer

1915 – German Lieutenant Erwin Rommel leads his soldiers in the daring capture of four French block-houses, used on the front to house artillery positions, and his bravery in this mission will earn him the Iron Cross, First Class

1918 – The Supreme Allied Council meets at Versailles

1922 – The Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, DC, collapses under the weight of accumulated snowfall from a blizzard, killing 108 and injuring 133

1924 – Italian composer Luigi Nono is born

1926 – Violette Neatley Anderson becomes the first black woman admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court

1927 – Author and environmentalist Edward Abbey is born

1929 – America’s first school for training service dogs for the Blind, The Seeing Eye, is founded in Nashville, Tennessee

1931 – Winston Churchill resigns as aide to Stanley Baldwin

1936 – The US Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York

1941 – 130th Prime Minister of Greece, Ioannis Metaxas, dies

1942 – Italian and German troops take Benghazi in North Africa

1942 – The USSR, Britain, and Iran sign a Treaty of Alliance, offering Iran protection from Axis invasion while creating a “Persian Corridor” for the Allies, a supply route from the West to Russia

1944 – The world’s greatest warship, Missouri, is launched

1950 – The policy of Apartheid brings about riots in Johannesburg, South Africa

1954 – American talk show host, actress, producer and founder of OWN Network, Oprah Winfrey, is born

1958 – Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are married

1962 – Peter, Paul, and Mary sign their first recording contract with Warner Bros

1963 – Poet Robert Frost dies

1964 – Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove opens in theaters

1967 – A US helicopter attack in Vietnam kills 37 civilians

1967 – The Mantra-Rock Dance takes place in San Francisco, a fundraising event featuring well-known bands, that was said to be “the major spiritual event of the San Francisco hippie era” 

1968 – President Lyndon Johnson asks for $26.3 billion to continue the war in Vietnam and announces an increase in taxes

1979 – President Jimmy Carter commutes the sentence of William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter, Patty Hearst, who had been found guilty of robbing a bank

1979 – 16-year old Brenda Spencer kills two and injures eight children and a police officer as they enter the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, by shooting at them from her home across the street.  Spencer infamously explained her reasoning for the crime: “I just don’t like Mondays.  I did this because it’s a way to cheer up the day.  Nobody likes Mondays.”  She is serving a term of 25 years to life in California

1979 – Deputy Premier of China and President Jimmy Carter meet to sign accords reversing US opposition to the People’s Republic of China

1984 – President Ronald Reagan announces that he will run for a second term

1984 – The Soviets issue a formal complaint against alleged US arms treaty violations

1991 – Iraqi forces launch an attack on Kafji, Saudi Arabia, but are turned back by Coalition forces

1996 – President Jacques Chirac of France announces the “definite end” to France’s nuclear testing, one day after they exploded a nuclear device in the South Pacific

2002 – President George W. Bush labels Iraq, Iran and North Korea an “axis of evil” in his State of the Union address

2004 – New Zealand author Janet Frame dies

2011 – American composer Milton Babbitt dies



Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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