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.
Births On This Day – October 29
1974 Michael Vaughan
1971 Winona Ryder
1938 Ralph Bakshi
American director, screenwriter, producer
1938 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberian politician, 24th President of Liberia
1877 Wilfred Rhodes
Deaths On This Day – October 29
2011 Jimmy Savile
English radio, television host
1995 Terry Southern
American author, screenwriter
1949 George Gurdjieff
1911 Joseph Pulitzer
Hungarian/American politician, journalist, publisher, founded Pulitzer, Inc.
1877 Nathan Bedford Forrest
American army officer