April 29


1813 – Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.

1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus was published.

1879 – In Cleveland, OH, electric arc lights were used for the first time.

1911 – The current Michigan state flag was adopted.

1913 – Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.

1927 – Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh.

1941 – The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.

1952 – IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders that IBM was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine.

1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of “Space Patrol” on Los Angeles, CA affiliate KECA-TV.

1960 – Dick Clark told the U.S. House of Representatives that he had never taken payola for the records he featured on his show “American Bandstand.”

1961 – ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” premiered.

1971 – WZZM TV-13 began on air operations from their new Three Mile Road studios in Walker, MI.

1974 – Phil Donahue’s TV show, “Donahue” moved to Chicago, IL.

1974 – President Richard Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.

1976 – Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn’t home.

1981 – Steve Carlton, of the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.

1985 – Billy Martin was brought back, for the fourth time, to the position of manager for the New York Yankees.

1986 – Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.

1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.

1990 – The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.

1992 – Exxon executive Sidney Reso was kidnapped outside his Morris Township, NJ, home by Arthur Seale. Seale was a former Exxon security official. Reso died while in captivity.

1992 – Rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four Los Angeles policemen in the Rodney King beating trial. 54 people were killed in 3 days and hundreds of buildings were destroyed.

1997 – Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.

2003 – Mr. T filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.

2004 – The last Oldsmobile ever produced rolled off the Lansing assembly line, ending 107 years of production.

2004 – President Bush and Vice President Cheney appear before the committee investigating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

2007 – Iran bans Western haircuts and eyebrow plucking for men.

2011– Prince William and Kate Middleton are married at Westminster Abbey in London after months of hype.



Willie Nelson 1933 – Musician, singer, actor (“Honeysuckle Rose”, “The Electric Horseman”, songs “On the Road Again”, “Always on My Mind”)

Otis Rush 1935 – Musician

April Stevens 1936 – Singer (“I’m in Love Again”)

Duane Allen 1943 – Singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)

Richard Kline 1944 – Actor (TV’s “Three’s Company”)

Tommy James 1947 – Musician (The Shondells)

Jerry Seinfeld 1954 – Comedian, actor (TV’s “Seinfeld”)

Kate Mulgrew 1955 – Actress (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Ryan’s Hope”)

Daniel Day-Lewis 1957 – Actor (“Lincoln”, “There Will Be Blood”, “My Left Foot”, “In the Name of the Father”, “Gangs of New York”, “The Boxer”, “The Last of the Mohicans”, “A Room With a View”, “My Beautiful Laundrette”)

Mark Kendall 1957 – Musician (Great White)

Michelle Pfeiffer 1958 – Actress (“The Fabulous Baker Boys”, “Love Field”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Batman Returns”, “Dangerous Minds”, “One Fine Day”, “White Oleander”, “Dark Shadows”, “The Family”, “Scarface”, “What Lies Beneath”)

Eve Plumb 1958 – Actress (Played Jan on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”)

Stephanie Bentley 1963 – Country musician (“Heart Half Empty”)

Carnie Wilson 1968 – Singer, TV talk show host (Wilson Phillips, TV’s “Carnie!”, “The Newlywed Game”)

Andre Agassi 1970 – Tennis player

Uma Thurman 1970 – Actress (“Pulp Fiction”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Batman & Robin”, “The Avengers”, “Kill Bill”, “Be Cool”, “The Producers”)

James Bonamy 1972 – Country Musician (“I Don’t Think I Will”)



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Sense of Smell Day

World Veterinary Day

World Wish Day

Zipper Day


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