On This Day in History, April 29

April 29 is the International Dance Day. To observe this day, take a dance class and learn new moves. Try a new dance style today!

Make a point to learn about the major events that happened on this day, April 29 in history.

  • 1852-1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus, was published in Great Britain.
  • 1916-Irish republicans abandoned the post office in Dublin and surrendered unconditionally, marking the end of the Easter Rising.
  • 1922-1st official International weightlifting federation championship was held in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • 1945-A day before committing suicide, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun got married.
  • 1945-US Army liberated 31,601 people from the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
  • 1952-IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders of the company’s plans to develop the most advanced and high-speed computer in the world.
  • 1953-The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 1968-The musical Hair went to Broadway.
  • 1974-U.S. President Nixon announced the release of edited transcripts of the secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
  • 1975-Hugh van Es took the famous picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop.
  • 1988-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev promised more religious freedom.
  • 1990-Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate.
  • 1991-Cyclone struck the Chittagong district in Bangladesh, killing 139,000 people and leaving 10 million homeless.
  • 1992-Deadly riots erupted in Los Angeles.
  • 1996-Former CIA Director William Colby was missing and mistakenly presumed drowned after an apparent boat accident in Maryland.
  • 1997-The Chemical weapons convention became effective.
  • 1997-Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian spacewalk.
  • 1998-Brazil announced plans to protect a large area of Amazon forest.
  • 2002-Kelsey Grammer together with his production company, Grammnet Inc., were ordered to pay more than $2 million in unpaid commissions to his former talent agency.
  • 2009-NATO expelled two Russian diplomats in Brussels over a spy scandal in Estonia.

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