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On April 29, 1992, deadly rioting that claimed 54 lives and caused $1 billion in damage erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King. (Go to article.)
On April 29, 1901, Hirohito, ruler of Japan during World War II and Japan's longest-reigning monarch, was born. Following his death on Jan. 7, 1989, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
On April 29, 1882, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Congress and British-American relations. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1429 Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.
1861 Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
1862 New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1899 Jazz musician and bandleader Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington, D.C.
1916 The Easter uprising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
1945 Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler married his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker. (The couple killed themselves the next day.)
1945 American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
1946 Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals.
1981 Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.
1983 Harold Washington was sworn in as the first African-American mayor of Chicago.
1996 The musical "Rent" opened on Broadway.
1997 A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons went into effect.
2004 President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were interviewed behind closed doors by the Sept. 11 commission.
2004 A national monument to the 16 million U.S. men and women who served during World War II opened to the public in Washington D.C.
2006 Economist John Kenneth Galbraith died at age 97.
Jerry Seinfeld turns 56 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer Actor-comedian Jerry Seinfeld ("Seinfeld") turns 56 years old today.
93 Celeste Holm
77 Rod McKuen
76 Luis Aparicio
Baseball Hall of Famer
76 Otis Rush
74 Zubin Mehta
67 Duane Allen
Country singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)
63 Tommy James
Singer (The Shondells)
60 Debbie Stabenow
U.S. senator, D-Mich.
55 Kate Mulgrew
Actress ("Star Trek: Voyager")
52 Michelle Pfeiffer
52 Eve Plumb
Actress ("The Brady Bunch")
46 Melody Barnes
Head of White House Domestic Policy Council
42 Carnie Wilson
Singer (Wilson Phillips)
40 Andre Agassi
40 Uma Thurman
27 Tommie Harris
4/29/1901 - 1/7/1989
Japanese emperor ( 1926-89 )
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62 Oliver Ellsworth
4/29/1745 - 11/26/1807
American senator, jurist and chief author of the Judiciary Act of 1789
63 Alexander II
4/29/1818 - 3/13/1881
Russian emperor (1855-81); emancipated the serfs in 1861
58 Henri Poincare
4/29/1854 - 7/17/1912
French mathematician, theoretical astronomer and scientific philosopher
88 William Randolph Hearst
4/29/1863 - 8/14/1951
American newspaper publisher
82 Sir Thomas Beecham
4/29/1879 - 3/8/1961
English conductor and impresario
88 Harold Urey
4/29/1893 - 1/5/1981
American Nobel-Prize winning chemist (1934); helped develop the atom bomb
72 Sir Malcolm Sargent
4/29/1895 - 10/3/1967
English orchestra conductor
75 Duke Ellington
4/29/1899 - 5/24/1974
American composer, bandleader and pianist; a founder of big-band jazz
90 Fred Zinnemann
4/29/1907 - 3/14/1997
Austrian-born American motion-picture director
72 George Allen
4/29/1918 - 12/31/1990
American professional football coach
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