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

March 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 29 is the 89th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 277 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,459,209,600 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 ‘octacontaenneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 305 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 1,194 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 29 Historical Events

  • 1461
    Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton – Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England.
  • 1549
    The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: United States forces led by General Winfield Scott take Veracruz after a siege.
  • 1867
    Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.
  • 1871
    The Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria.
  • 1941
    World War II: British Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy forces defeat those of the Italian Regia Marina off the Peloponnesian coast of Greece in the Battle of Cape Matapan.
  • 1942
    The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II is the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
  • 1961
    The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.
  • 1990
    The Czechoslovak parliament is unable to reach an agreement on what to call the country after the fall of Communism, sparking the so-called Hyphen War.

Who were born on March 29?

  • 1874
    Lou Hoover, First Lady of the United States (d. 1944)
  • 1888
    Enea Bossi, Italian-American engineer and aviation pioneer (d. 1963)
  • 1901
    Andrija Maurović, Croatian illustrator (d. 1981)
  • 1929
    Utpal Dutt, Indian actor (d. 1993)
  • 1941
    Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr., American astrophysicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1955
    Marina Sirtis, English actress
  • 1962
    Billy Beane American baseball player and executive
  • 1968
    Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer
  • 1968
    Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist
  • 1980
    Bruno Silva, Uruguayan footballer

Who died on March 29?

  • 1368
    Emperor Go-Murakami, Emperor of Japan (b. 1328)
  • 1625
    Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish historian (b. 1549)
  • 1772
    Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher and mathematician (b. 1688)
  • 1800
    Marc René, marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer (b. 1714)
  • 1803
    Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch/Austrian patron of music (b. 1733)
  • 1829
    Cornelio Saavedra, Argentine head of state (b. 1759)
  • 1912
    Sir Robert Falcon Scott, English explorer – member of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole (b. 1868)
  • 1934
    Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire and benefactor (b. 1867)
  • 1956
    Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)
  • 1986
    Harry Ritz, American actor and comedian (b. 1907)

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