29 November: In a year, the 29th of November is the 333rd day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 334th day of the year.
What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.
Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 29th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.
What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 29 November
Art & Artists
- 1981 – Under a mystifying situation, Natalie Wood, an American film actress drowned while vacationing on a yacht near Santa Catalina Island, California.
- 1997 – some 28,000 couples gathered at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., for a “mass wedding” at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the leader of the Unification Church Sun Myung Moon.
Science & Technology
- 1877 – The phonograph was demonstrated for the first time by the American inventor Thomas Alva Edison.
- 1972 – Pong, the video game was released by Atari. It was the first video game that got commercial success.
Leaders & Politics
- 1947 – United Nations passed a resolution for the division of Palestine into an Arab state and a Jewish state). But the resolution was not implemented.
People & Society
- 1781 – The crew of Zong, the British slave ship dumped 54 Africans into the sea. The reason behind the killing was to claim insurance in a manipulative way.
- 2008 – Death of Jørn Utzon, the world-famous architect from Denmark who designed the much celebrated “Sydney Opera House”.
Disasters: Natural & Man-made
- 526 – A most-likely date for the Antioch earthquake which occurred in the Byzantine Empire (present-day Syria) that killed 200,000 people.
- 1732 – A high magnitude (6.6) earthquake occurred in Irpinia, southern Italy, and killed 1940 people.
Discoveries & Explorations
- 1929 – Richard E. Byrd, the famous American aviator flew over the South Pole.
- 1961 – A chimpanzee named Enos was sent to space. Unfortunately, the spacecraft smashed down near the Puerto Rico coast after orbiting the Earth twice.
Leisure & Sports
- 1970 – Colin Cowdrey, the English cricket batsman passed the then-set world record for the highest run scored (7,249 runs) when he reached 22 in the first Test against Australia. He surpassed the record set by his compatriot Wally Hammond.
- 1909 – Anthony Wilding & Norman Brookes (Australasian Team) beat Melville Long & Maurice McLoughlin (American Team) to win the International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Sydney, Australia.
Birth Anniversaries (29 November)
- 1489 – Margaret Tudor (Queen Of Scotland)
- 1932 – Jacques Chirac (President of France)
- 1959 – Rahm Emanuel (American politician)
- 1994 – Shaun Lane (Australian rugby player)
Death Anniversaries (29 November)
- 1924 – Giacomo Puccini (Italian Composer)
- 1986 – Cary Grant (British-Born American Actor)
- 1993 – J.R.D. Tata (Indian pilot and businessman, founder of Tata Company)
- 2001 – George Harrison (British Musician)
- 2016 – Marcos Danilo Padilha (Brazilian football player)
What Special Day is Today: (29 November)
- Unity Day (Vanuatu)
- Liberation Day (Albania)
- Republic Day (Yugoslavia)
- William Tubman’s Birthday (Liberia)
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