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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, 406,080 hours 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

  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: British and French ships clash in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique.
  • 1945
    The Italian commune of Fornovo di Taro is liberated from German forces by Brazilian forces.
  • 1975
    Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate U.S. citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end.
  • 1991
    A cyclone strikes the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 mph, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless.
  • 2005
    Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.

Who were born on April 29?

  • 1863
    Constantine P. Cavafy, Greek poet (d. 1933)
  • 1936
    Lane Smith, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Fred Dibnah, British television personality (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Galina Kulakova, Soviet cross country skier
  • 1980
    Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player

Who died on April 29?

  • 1594
    Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • 1630
    Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1743
    Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (b. 1658)
  • 1793
    John Michell, British scientist (b. 1724)
  • 1980
    Alfred Hitchcock, British film director (b. 1899)

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