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On this day in history - October 29

What Happened On This Day – October 29

  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy hits the US's eastern coast

    Hurricane Sandy, a category 2 storm by the time it made landfall in the US, hit the US's eastern coast. The estimated damage from the hurricane was $50 billion.

  • 2008 Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest

    The merger resulted in creating world's largest airline. The merged entity took on the name of Delta Airlines, and the Northwest Airlines brand name was retired.

  • 2005 Bombings in Delhi

    3 separate bombings in India's capital city of Delhi a few days before the important festival of Diwali left about 60 people dead.

  • 1998 Oldest person to fly in space

    John Glenn flew on the Discovery shuttle at the age of 77 years, making him the oldest person to fly in space.

  • 1863 Red Cross founded

    Also known as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Red Cross is a humanitarian institution that has been a three-time recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Births On This Day,
October 29

  • 1974 Michael Vaughan

    English cricketer

  • 1971 Winona Ryder

    American actress

  • 1938 Ralph Bakshi

    American director, screenwriter, producer

  • 1938 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    Liberian politician, 24th President of Liberia

  • 1877 Wilfred Rhodes

    English cricketer

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Deaths On This Day,
October 29

  • 2011 Jimmy Savile

    English radio, television host

  • 1995 Terry Southern

    American author, screenwriter

  • 1949 George Gurdjieff

    Armenian mystic

  • 1911 Joseph Pulitzer

    Hungarian/American politician, journalist, publisher, founded Pulitzer, Inc.

  • 1877 Nathan Bedford Forrest

    American Confederate Army General