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On this day in history - January 29

What Happened On This Day – January 29

  • 2002 George W. Bush coins the term “axis of evil” as part of his State of the Union Address

    The term used to describe “regimes that sponsor terror” became exemplary for the terminology used by the Bush administration to promote its “war on terror”.

  • 1996 France stops nuclear testing

    President Jaques Chirac announced the “definite end” to France's nuclear testing program just 1 day after the country exploded a nuclear device in the South Pacific.

  • 1967 The Mantra-Rock Dance takes place in San Francisco

    The event is considered to have been the major spiritual event of the San Francisco hippy era.

  • 1886 German engineer Carl Benz patents the first modern automobile

    His “Benz Patent-Motorwagen Nummer 1” was the first gasoline-driven car.

  • 1845 Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven” is published

    The narrative poem first appeared in the New York Evening Mirror.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
January 29

  • 1954 Oprah Winfrey

    American talk show host, actress, producer, founded the OWN Network, Harpo Productions

  • 1924 Luigi Nono

    Italian composer

  • 1862 Frederick Delius

    English composer

  • 1860 Anton Chekhov

    Russian physician, author

  • 1843 William McKinley

    American politician, 25th President of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
January 29

  • 2011 Milton Babbitt

    American composer

  • 2004 Janet Frame

    New Zealand author

  • 1963 Robert Frost

    American poet, playwright

  • 1941 Ioannis Metaxas

    Greek general, politician, 130th Prime Minister of Greece

  • 1820 George III of the United Kingdom