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What are the important events that happened on April 29? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 29 is the 120th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 246 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 16, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,461,888,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 274 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,225 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 29 Historical Events

  • 1587
    Francis Drake leads a raid in the Bay of Cádiz, sinking at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet.
  • 1832
    Évariste Galois released from prison.
  • 1945
    World War II: The German Army in Italy unconditionally surrenders to the Allies.
  • 1951
    Tibetan delegates to the Central People’s Government arrive in Beijing and draft a Seventeen Point Agreement for Chinese sovereignty and Tibetan autonomy.
  • 1992
    Los Angeles riots: Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.

Who were born on April 29?

  • 1929
    Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1955
    Richard Epcar, American voice actor
  • 1978
    Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, American tennis players
  • 1986
    Renee Alway, American model
  • 1988
    Jonathan Toews, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on April 29?

  • 1768
    Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist (b. 1694)
  • 1916
    The O'Rahilly, Irish Nationalist and member of the Easter Rising (b. 1875)
  • 2007
    Josh Hancock, American baseball player (b. 1978)
  • 2007
    Milt Bocek, American baseball player (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)

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