29JAN11

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Births for January 29


  • 1584 Frederik Hendrik, count of Nassau/Prince of Orange
  • 1688 Emanuel Swedenborg, Sweden, religious leader (Angelic Wisdom)
  • 1700 Daniel Bernoulli, Basel Switz, mathematician (10 time French award)
  • 1737 Thomas Paine, political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason)
  • 1756 Henry (Light Horse Harry) Lee, cavalryman)
  • 1782 Daniel F E Auber, French opera composer)
  • 1810 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician)
  • 1821 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1891
  • 1823 Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1836 Benjamin Franklin Potts, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1887
  • 1836 James Meech Warner, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1897
  • 1843 Mayor William McKinley, Bvt (Union volunteers), died in 1901
  • 1843 William McKinley, Niles Ohio, (R) 25th pres (1897-1901)
  • 1850 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite))
  • 1860 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Russia, writer (Cherry Orchard)
  • 1862 Frederick Delius, Bradford England, composer
  • 1866 Romain Rolland, France, writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)
  • 1867 Vicente Blasco Ib €ez, Spain, writer (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)
  • 1873 Luigi A hertog der Abruzzen, Italy, explorer/climber (Mt St Elias)
  • 1874 John David Rockefeller Jr, Cleveland Ohio, philanthropist
  • 1878 Barney Oldfield, Ohio, daredevil)
  • 1880 W C Fields, (William Claude Dukenfield), actor (Bank Dick)
  • 1892 Clifford Gray, US, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1900 Willem FK Hussem, painter/poet (Kustl˜n, Lookout on Sea)
  • 1901 Allen B DuMont, inventor (perfected coml practical cathode ray tube)
  • 1903 Cornelis H Edelman, geologist)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1908 Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70))
  • 1911 Bernard Herrmann, NYC, composes film music)
  • 1912 Professor Irwin Corey, Brooklyn NY, comedian (Car Wash, Doc)
  • 1916 Victor Mature, actor (1 Million BC, Robe, Samson & Delilah)
  • 1917 John Raitt, Santa Ana Calif, actor/singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game)
  • 1918 John Forsythe, NJ, actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty)
  • 1918 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1923 Paddy Chayevsky, (Sydney), US, dramatist (Marty, Hospital)
  • 1924 Luigi Nono, Venice Italy, composer (Canonic Variations)
  • 1925 Anthony George, Endicott NY, actor (Untouchables, Checkmate)
  • 1929 Elio Petri, Italy, director (Property theft)
  • 1929 William McMillan, US, rapid pistol (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938 Bill Christian, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1939 Germaine Greer, Melbourne Australia, feminist/author (Female Eunich)
  • 1942 Arnaldo Mendez, Cuba, 1st Cuban in space (Soyuz 38)
  • 1942 Claudine Longet, France, former Mrs Andy Williams/singer
  • 1942 Katharine Ross, Hollywood Cal, actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys)
  • 1942 Robin Morgan, Lake Worth Fla, actress (Dagmar-Mama)
  • 1944 Barbara Moore, Wardell Mo, actress (Lisa Rogers-Man From UNCLE)
  • 1945 Donna Marie Caponi Young, Detroit, LPGA golfer (US Open 1969, 70)
  • 1945 Tom Selleck, Detroit Mich, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI)
  • 1947 David Byron, vocalist (Uriah Heep))
  • 1950 Ann Jillian, Cambridge Mass, actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here)
  • 1952 Tommy Ramone, drummer (Ramones-Rock & Roll High School)
  • 1953 Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • 1953 Oprah Winfrey, Mississippi, actress/TV host (Color Purple, Oprah)
  • 1954 Alejandro Casa€as, Havana Cuba, 110m hurdler (Olympic-silv-1976, 80)
  • 1954 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators))
  • 1955 John Tate, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • 1957 Irlene Mandrell, Corpus Christi Tx, country singer (Mandrell Sisters)
  • 1957 Jac Bico, guitarist/singer (Tambourine))
  • 1958 Judy Norton-Taylor, Santa Monica Calif, actress (Mary Ellen-Waltons)
  • 1960 Cho-Liang Lin, Taiwan, violinist (Queen Sophia 1st prize)
  • 1960 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, San Diego Ca, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88
  • 1960 Steve Sax, 2nd baseman (LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Chic White Sox)
  • 1964 Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)
  • 1975 Sara Gilbert, actress (Melissa-Roseanne))


Passings for January 29


  • 969 Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies)
  • 1559 Sir Thomas Pope, English politician, benefactor, dies at about 52
  • 1684 Mre Ang‚lique, the Saint/Jean Arnauld d'andilly, French abbess, dies
  • 1696 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), dies)
  • 1837 Aleksandr Pushkin, poet/novelist (Golden Cockeral), killed in a duel
  • 1906 Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies
  • 1910 Edouard Rod, French/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), dies
  • 1941 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide
  • 1946 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
  • 1956 H L Mencken, satirist, critic, dies in Baltimore at 75
  • 1960 Louis Jean Heydt, actor (Joe-Waterfront), dies at 54
  • 1962 Fritz Kreisler, Austria/US violinist/composer, dies at 86
  • 1963 Robert Lee Frost, US poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88
  • 1964 Alan Ladd, actor (Shane), dies at 50 in Palm Springs Calif
  • 1965 John Larkin, actor (Saints & Sinners, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 52
  • 1966 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • 1973 Ludwig Stossel, actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 89
  • 1977 Freddie Prinze, comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 2
  • 1980 Jim Durantee, singer (Ink-a-dink-a-doo), dies at 86
  • 1984 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • 1986 Leif Erickson, actor (John-High Chaparral), dies at 74
  • 1988 James R Killian Jr, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • 1988 Rogier van Otterloo, composer/conductor, dies
  • 1991 Jan Od‚, pianist/director Sweelinck Conservatory, dies
  • 1991 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies)
  • 1992 Willie Dixon, blues composer (I'm a Man, Backdoor Man), dies at 76
  • 1993 Hank Werba, (Herman Werblowski), US journalist (Variety), dies at 79
  • 1993 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies


Special events for January 29


  • 1613 Galileo observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he sees
  • 1781 Mozart's opera "Idomeneo" premiers, Munich)
  • 1788 Australia Day))
  • 1802 John Beckley of Virginia appointed 1st Librarian of Congress
  • 1834 Pres Jackson orders 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute
  • 1845 Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" 1st published (NYC)
  • 1856 Victoria Cross established to acknowledge bravery
  • 1860 American College established in Rome by Pope Pius IX
  • 1861 Kansas becomes 34th state)
  • 1864 Battle of Moorefield, WV (Rosser's Raid))
  • 1872 Francis L Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina
  • 1878 J Perrotin discovers asteroid #180 Garumna)
  • 1879 Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established
  • 1886 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
  • 1894 A Charlois discovers asteroids #382 Dodona & #383 Janina
  • 1904 1st athletic letters given (Univ of Chicago football team)
  • 1908 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates
  • 1912 Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, MA
  • 1913 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, at Howard University, incorporates
  • 1916 1st zeppelin raid (on Paris))
  • 1919 Secretary of state proclaims the 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 1920 Walt Disney starts 1st job as an artist; $40 week with KC Slide Co
  • 1921 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon)
  • 1922 Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador dissolved
  • 1923 1st flight of the autogiro (Juan de la Cierva, Madrid Spain)
  • 1924 Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland
  • 1924 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1014 Semphyra
  • 1925 British Liberals choose David Lloyd George as party leader
  • 1927 4th German cabinet of Marx forms)
  • 1929 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #3425 Hurukawa
  • 1929 Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms)
  • 1933 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1259 Ogyalla & #1260 Walhalla
  • 1943 New Zealand's Kiwi cruiser collides with Jap sub I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • 1949 Brit, Belgium, Lux, Neth, NZ & Switz recognize Israel
  • 1951 Liz Taylor's 1st divorce (Conrad Hilton Jr))
  • 1955 William Cox buys Yankee Stadium)
  • 1958 Murderer, Charles Starkweather, captured by police in Wyoming
  • 1959 Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released)
  • 1963 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football hall of fam
  • 1964 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Diene Hand" & "Sie Leibt Dich
  • 1964 Most lopsided high-school basketball score-211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million
  • 1964 Unmanned Apollo 1 Saturn launcher test attains Earth orbit
  • 1965 Goethe Link Observatory discovers asteroid #2196 Ellicott
  • 1966 Snow storm in north east US kills 165)
  • 1967 WDAZ TV channel 8 in Devils Lake, ND (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Nauru adopts constitution)
  • 1969 Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars
  • 1979 9th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 13-7)
  • 1979 Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
  • 1979 Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
  • 1979 Pres Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years
  • 1980 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of the Canadians
  • 1980 Cleve Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT
  • 1982 Old Dominion ends La Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1984 Actresss Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) marries Robert Altman
  • 1984 Pres Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term
  • 1984 Space Shuttle 41-B (STS-11) Challenger launched
  • 1985 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39
  • 1986 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1987 Lisa files for seperation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry
  • 1988 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
  • 1988 Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • 1988 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • 1989 Cleveland's Chris Dudley misses 5 free throws during 1 foul attempt
  • 1989 Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since Oct 1987; index at 2,256.43
  • 1989 Episcopal church appoints 1st female bishop)
  • 1989 L I preacher Gene Profeta pleads guilty to tax-evasion
  • 1989 USSR's Phobos II enters Martian orbit)
  • 1991 Nelson Mandela & Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years


Songs for 27JAN11

  • 01/29/55 --- Earth Angel (Crew-Cuts)
  • 01/29/55 --- Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) (Crew-Cuts)
  • 01/29/55 --- Tweedle Dee (Gibbs, Georgia)
  • 01/29/66 --- Don't Mess With Bill (Marvelettes)
  • 01/29/66 --- My World Is Empty Without You (Supremes)
  • 01/29/72 --- Lion Sleeps Tonight, The (John, Robert)
  • 01/29/72 --- Down By The Lazy River (Osmonds)
  • 01/29/72 --- Bang A Gong (Get It On) (T. Rex)
  • 01/29/77 --- Don't Leave Me This Way (Houston, Thelma)
  • 01/29/77 --- Things We Do For Love, The (Ten CC)
  • 01/29/83 --- Billie Jean (Jackson, Michael
  • 01/29/83 --- We've Got Tonight (Rogers, Kenny)
  • 01/29/83 --- Back On The Chain Gang (Pretenders)
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