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April 29th Today's Highlights in History

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Thursday, April 29th
The 119th day of 2010.
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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)
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   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.

Current Birthdays

Jerry Seinfeld turns 56 years old today.

AP Photo/Peter Kramer Actor-comedian Jerry Seinfeld ("Seinfeld") turns 56 years old today.


93    Celeste Holm
Actress

77    Rod McKuen
Poet

76    Luis Aparicio
Baseball Hall of Famer

76    Otis Rush
Blues musician

74    Zubin Mehta
Conductor

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
Actress

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
Tennis player

40    Uma Thurman
Actress

27    Tommie Harris
Football player

Historic Birthdays

Hirohito

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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