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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Venezuelan gunmen hold 30 hostages in a bank in Guárico state before fleeing the scene in an ambulance with several hostages. The gunmen are subsequently captured. //www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/0,,2248765,00.html ("The Guardian") //ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hJKC3vEvxHN2S92LeJJ6c9e50yEAD8UFQD000 (AP via Google News)
A car bomb in Thenia, Algeria kills at least three people. //canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hltcqZjSrVZRLB_E2xPwEulxkTJA (Canadian Press via Google News)
Iran's judiciary sentences to prison 54 Bahá'í Faith followers for anti-regime propaganda.{{cite web|url=//news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080129/wl_afp/iranjusticereligionbahai_080129141019 |title=Iran sentences Bahai religious followers for 'anti-regime propaganda' |publisher=AFP |archiveurl=//web.archive.org/web/20080202055728///news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080129/wl_afp/iranjusticereligionbahai_080129141019 |archivedate=2008-02-02}}//www.aljazeera.com/news/newsfull.php?newid=84239 Iran sentences Bahais for 'anti-regime propaganda'{{dead link|date=August 2011}}, Aljazeera
Iran's judiciary sentences 54 Bahá'í religion followers for anti-regime propaganda. //news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080129/wl_afp/iranjusticereligionbahai_080129141019 (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

2003 Phnom Penh riots: In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Thai embassy is burned and commercial properties of Thai businesses are vandalized.
At the conclusion of the "STS-107" mission, the Space Shuttle "Columbia" disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
In Northern Ireland, Protestant Ulster Defence Association Belfast leader John Gregg is killed by a loyalist faction.
A false rumor that Thai actress Suvanant Kongying had told a reporter that the temple ruins at Angkor really belong to Thailand led to a riot in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This caused the destruction of the Thai Embassy and dozens of Thai-owned businesses, hotels and factories.

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union Address to Congress.

Sunday, January 29, 1989

Thomas and Friends television show begins in U.S.

Friday, January 29, 1988

The Midwest Classic Conference, a U.S. college athletic conference, is formed.

Thursday, January 29, 1987

Wednesday, January 29, 1986

Yoweri Museveni is sworn in as President of Uganda after leading a successful 5-year guerrilla war.

Monday, January 29, 1979

Brenda Ann Spencer opens fire at a school in San Diego, California, killing 2 faculty members and wounding 8 students. Her justification for the action, I don't like Mondays, inspired the Boomtown Rats to make a song of the same name.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Thursday, January 29, 1976

Wednesday, January 29, 1975

The Weather Underground bombs the U.S. State Department main office in Washington, D.C..

Saturday, January 29, 1966

The first of 608 performances of "Sweet Charity" opens at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Wednesday, January 29, 1964

The Soviet Union launches 2 scientific satellites, Elektron I and II, from a single rocket.
Ranger 6 is launched by NASA, on a mission to carry television cameras and crash-land on the Moon.

Tuesday, January 29, 1963

French President Charles de Gaulle vetoes the United Kingdom's entry into the EEC.

Thursday, January 29, 1959

Walt Disney releases his 16th animated film, "Sleeping Beauty" in Beverly Hills. It is Disney's first animated film to be shown in 70mm and modern 6-track stereophonic sound."Fantasia" had also used a multi-speaker stereophonic sound system, but it was primitive compared to the one used in "Sleeping Beauty". Also on the program is Disney's new live-action short subject "Grand Canyon", which uses the music of Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite". "Grand Canyon" wins an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

Sunday, January 29, 1950

Lord Balfour criticizes the fact that rationing is still in force in Britain.
President Harry S. Truman orders the development of the hydrogen bomb, in response to the detonation of the Soviet Union's first atomic bomb in 1949.ref name=HCIYear by Year 1950 – History Channel International
The last Kuomintang troops surrender in mainland China.

Thursday, January 29, 1948

Plane crash at Los Gatos Creek, California kills 4 US citizens and 28 deportees, commemorated in a song by Woody Guthrie.
Indian pacifist and leader Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

Tuesday, January 29, 1946

Trygve Lie of Norway is selected as the first United Nations Secretary General.
Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes 6 constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
The Kingdom of Hungary becomes a republic.
The last session of the Permanent Court of International Justice occurs.
ENIAC (for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), an early general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Central Intelligence Group is established (the CIA in 1947).

Saturday, January 29, 1944

WWII: HMS Spartan (95)is sunk by a Henschel Hs 293 from a German aircraft off Anzio, western Italy.
WWII: The Battle of Cisterna takes place.

Monday, January 29, 1940

Three gasoline-powered trains carrying factory workers crash and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi station, Yumesaki Line (Nishinari Line), Osaka, Japan, killing at least 181 people and injuring at least 92.

Tuesday, January 29, 1929

"All Quiet on the Western Front" ("Im Westen nichts Neues"), by Erich Maria Remarque, is published in book form.

Friday, January 29, 1926

Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown" opens at the Greenwich Theatre.

Sunday, January 29, 1922

The union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is dissolved.
February ndash "Ring Magazine" is first published.

Saturday, January 29, 1916

WWI: Paris is bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.

Monday, January 29, 1900

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with eight founding teams.

Thursday, January 29, 1891

Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii.

Friday, January 29, 1886

Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen (built in 1885).

Tuesday, January 29, 1861

Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.

Monday, January 29, 1855

Lord Aberdeen resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom over the management of the Crimean War.

Tuesday, January 29, 1850

Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.

Wednesday, January 29, 1845

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is published for the first time ("New York Evening Mirror").

Tuesday, January 29, 1839

British naturalist Charles Darwin marries his cousin Emma Wedgwood.

Saturday, January 29, 1820

George IV of the United Kingdom ascends the throne on the death at Windsor Castle of his father George III (after 59 years on the throne), ending the period known as the British Regency. There will be a gap of 21 years before the title Prince of Wales is next used.

Friday, January 29, 1819

Sir Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.

Saturday, January 29, 1814

Battle of Brienne: Emperor Napoleon I of France is victorious against von Blücher.

Friday, January 29, 1779

After a second petition for partition from its residents, the North Carolina General Assembly abolishes Bute County, North Carolina (established 1764) by dividing it and naming the northern portion Warren County (for Revolutionary War hero Joseph Warren) and the southern portion Franklin County (for Benjamin Franklin). The General Assembly also establishes Warrenton (also named for Joseph Warren) to be the county seat of Warren County and Louisburg (named for Louis XVI of France) to be the county seat of Franklin County.

Monday, January 29, 1753

After a month's absence, Elizabeth Canning returns to her mother's home in London and claims that she was abducted. The following criminal trial causes uproar.

Sunday, January 29, 1730

Anna Ivanovna (Anna of Russia) becomes tsarina, following the death of her cousin, Tsar Peter II.

Sunday, January 29, 1696

O.S.) ndash Peter the Great becomes sole tsar of Russia, upon the death of Tsar Ivan V.

Wednesday, January 29, 1676

Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia.

Tuesday, January 29, 1675

Aprilndash ndash English merchant Anthony de la Roché, blown off course having rounded Cape Horn eastabout, makes the first discovery of land south of the Antarctic Convergence, landing on South Georgia and (probably) Gough Island.{{cite book|first=Robert|last=Headland|title=The Island of South Georgia|edition=2nd|publisher=Cambridge University Press|year=1992|isbn=0-521-42474-7}}{{cite book|first=Francisco|last=de Seixas y Lovera|url=//books.google.co.uk/books?id=l7PWN7_1wAoCdq=Descripcion%20geographica%2C%20y%20derrotero%20de%20la%20region%20austral%20Magallanicapg=PT96#v=onepageq=f=false|title=Descripcion geographica, y derrotero de la region austral Magallanica|location=Madrid|publisher=Antonio de Zafra|year=1690}}{{cite journal|last=Wace|first=N. M.|year=1969|title=The discovery, exploitation and settlement of the Tristan da Cunha Islands|journal=Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (South Australian Branch)|volume=10|pages=11–40}}
John Sassamon, an English-educated Native American Christian, dies at Assawsett Pond, an event which will trigger a year-long war between English American colonists of New England and Algonquian Native American tribes.

Sunday, January 29, 1645

Saturday, January 20, 1487 (Julianian calendar)

March ndash Archduke Sigismund of Austria, largely on the poor advice of his counselors, declares war on Venice and seizes silver mines in and around the Valsugana Valley.

Sunday, January 20, 1465 (Julianian calendar)

Tuesday, January 24, 904 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Sergius III succeeds Pope Leo V as the 119th pope he begins the era of the Pornocracy.

Thursday, January 26, 674 (Julianian calendar)

In Japan, Prince Mino is appointed Commissioners for the erection of the great Temple of Takechi ("Ōmiya no Ōdera").
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