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On This Day in History, April 29

What Happened On This Day – April 29

  • 1997 The Chemical Weapons Convention becomes effective

    The arms control treaty prohibits the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons. It has so far been ratified by some 190 countries.

  • 1992 Deadly riots erupt in Los Angeles

    53 people died in the riots, which started after the acquittal of the 4 Los Angeles police officers accused of the brutal beating of Rodney King.

  • 1975 Hubert van Es takes the famous picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop

    The image shows South Vietnamese civilians employed by the U.S. trying to escape Saigon on the day before the city's fall. It came to symbolize the American defeat in Vietnam.

  • 1968 The musical Hair goes to Broadway

    As a portrait of the 1960s hippie counterculture and sexual revolution, it was highly controversial at the time. Some of the musical's songs became anthems of the peace movement during the Vietnam War.

  • 1945 A day before committing suicide, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun marry

    On the same day, U.S. troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

Births On This Day – April 29

  • 1974 Anggun

    Indonesian/French singer-songwriter, producer

  • 1958 Michelle Pfeiffer

    American actress, singer

  • 1901 Hirohito

    Japanese emperor

  • 1899 Duke Ellington

    American pianist, composer, bandleader

  • 1854 Henri Poincaré

    French mathematician, physicist, engineer

Deaths On This Day – April 29

  • 2006 John Kenneth Galbraith

    Canadian/American economist

  • 1980 Alfred Hitchcock

    English director, producer

  • 1951 Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Austrian/English philosopher

  • 1937 William Gillette

    American actor, author

  • 1921 Arthur Mold

    English cricketer

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