On This Day in History, January 29

Get ready to open up your mind to new possibilities and ideas on this Free thinkers day when people are allowed to think outside the box! Below is a brief explanation of the historical occurrences that happened on January 29.

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  • 1802 – John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.
  • 1886 – The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.
  • 1892 – The Coca-Cola Company was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1924 – R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.
  • 1937 – Tommy Dorsey and his famous orchestra records “Song of India” – a popular standard of the era that later became a big hit.
  • 1940– The W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company displayed the first tetraploid flowers at the New York City Flower Show.
  • 1944- USS Missouri was launched at the New York Navy Yard on this day.
  • 1958Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward got married.
  • 1963– Britain was refused entry into the EEC.
  • 1963– Liquor bill no. 26 was rescheduled for this date.
  • 1979– U.S. President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House.
  • 1979- Brenda Spencer at only 16 years old, killed two men and wounded nine children as they enter the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego.
  • 1985– Oxford University delivered snub to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by refusing her an honorary degree.
  • 1987– “Physician Weekly” announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci was caused by facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear.
  • 1996– French President Jacques Chirac announced the “definitive end” to nuclear testing.
  • 1997– America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers under threat of lawsuits across the country.
  • 1999- Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain’s, Princess Diana.
  • 2001- In Indonesia, thousands of student protesters demanded that President Abdurrahman Wahid quit due to his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals.
  • 2008– In his final State of the Union address, President George W Bush admitted US economic growth is slowing but assured the American people the $150bn stimulus plan negotiated with Congress would help.
  • 2008– Archaeologists announced that they had uncovered what they believed to be the oldest temple in Roman antiquity.

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