Tuesday, April 29, 2014


April 29
1289Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captures Tripoli.
1429Joan of Arc leads French forces to victory over English at Orleans.
1624Louis XIII appoints Cardinal Richelieu chief minister of the Royal Council of France.
1661The Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan.
1672King Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.
1813Rubber is patented.
1852The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus is published.
1856Yokut Indians repel a second attack by the 'Petticoat Rangers,' a band of civilian Indian fighters at Four Creeks, California.
1858Austrian troops invade Piedmont.
1859As the French army races to support them and the Austrian army mobilizes to oppose them, 150,000 Piedmontese troops invade Piedmontese territory.
1861The Maryland House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union.
1862Forts Philip and Jackson surrender to Admiral Farragut outside New Orleans.
1913Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper.
1916Irish nationalists surrender to the British in Dublin.
1918America's WWI Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory with the help of Captain James Norman Hall.
1924Open revolt breaks out in Santa Clara, Cuba.
1927Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis is completed.
1930The film All Quiet on the Western Front, based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel Im Western Nichts Neues, premiers.
1945The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allies.
1945The Nazi concentration camp of Dachau is liberated by Allied troops.
1946Former Japanese leaders are indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1975The U.S. embassy in Vietnam is evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fight their way into Saigon.
1983Harold Washington is sworn in as Chicago's first black mayor.
1992Four Los Angeles police offices are acquitted of charges stemming from the beating of Rodney King. Rioting ensues.
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