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, 405,336 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 ‘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.
  • 1806
    Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.
  • 1886
    Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1941
    The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.
  • 1971
    My Lai massacre: Lieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
  • 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
    Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
  • 2008
    Thirty-five countries and over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time.

Who were born on March 29?

  • 1929
    Utpal Dutt, Indian actor (d. 1993)
  • 1930
    Anerood Jugnauth, President of Mauritius
  • 1946
    Billy Thorpe, Australian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1949
    Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2007)
  • 1950
    Norman Snow, American actor
  • 1955
    Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor
  • 1978
    Aaron Persico, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
  • 1980
    Bruno Silva, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1984
    Mai Satoda, Japanese singer
  • 1988
    Esther Cremer, German athlete

Who died on March 29?

  • 1578
    Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (b. 1527)
  • 1625
    Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Spanish historian (b. 1549)
  • 1751
    Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist
  • 1772
    Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher and mathematician (b. 1688)
  • 1803
    Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch/Austrian patron of music (b. 1733)
  • 1855
    Henri Druey, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1799)
  • 1906
    Slava Raškaj, Croatian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1934
    Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire and benefactor (b. 1867)
  • 1981
    Eric Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago (b. 1911)
  • 2011
    Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)

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