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, 24,320,160 minutes 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

  • 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.
  • 1886
    Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1911
    The M1911 .45 ACP pistol becomes the official U.S. Army side arm.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, one of Mexico’s leading universities, is founded.
  • 1982
    The Canada Act 1982 (U.K.) receives the Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, setting the stage for the Queen of Canada to proclaim the Constitution Act, 1982.
  • 2002
    In reaction to the Passover massacre two days prior, Israel launches Operation Defensive Shield against Palestinian militants, its largest military operation in the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War.
  • 2004
    The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
  • 2010
    Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40.

Who were born on March 29?

  • 1602
    John Lightfoot, English churchman (d. 1675)
  • 1799
    Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1869)
  • 1913
    R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet (d. 2000)
  • 1920
    John Belk, American head of Belk, Inc. (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Lennart Meri, President of Estonia (d. 2006)
  • 1944
    Denny McLain, American baseball player
  • 1948
    Bud Cort, American actor
  • 1956
    Patty Donahue, American singer (d. 1996)
  • 1965
    Voula Patoulidou, Greek athlete
  • 1976
    Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player

Who died on March 29?

  • 1683
    Yaoya Oshichi, young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan (b. 1667)
  • 1751
    Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden (b. 1746)
  • 1848
    John Jacob Astor, American businessman (b. 1763)
  • 1937
    Karol Szymanowski, Polish composer (b. 1882)
  • 1988
    Ted Kluszewski, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 1989
    Bernard Blier, French actor (b. 1916)
  • 2002
    Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children
  • 2005
    Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)

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