Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 29, 1963
Thursday, January 29, 1959
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
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
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
Saturday, January 29, 1944
WWII: HMS Spartan (95)is sunk by a Henschel Hs 293 from a German aircraft off Anzio, western Italy.
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
Saturday, January 29, 1916
WWI: Paris is bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.
Thursday, January 29, 1891
Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii.
Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen (built in 1885).
Tuesday, January 29, 1861
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.
Saturday, January 29, 1814
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.
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Wednesday, January 29, 1676
Tuesday, January 29, 1675
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.
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
Sunday, January 20, 1465 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, January 24, 904 (Julianian calendar)
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").