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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 119th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 246 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 16, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,493,424,000 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 ‘hectadecaenneagon’ 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 296 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 1,590 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 29 Historical Events

  • 711
    Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).
  • 1832
    Évariste Galois released from prison.
  • 1882
    The “Elektromote” – forerunner of the trolleybus – is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
  • 1945
    The Italian commune of Fornovo di Taro is liberated from German forces by Brazilian forces.
  • 2005
    Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.

Who were born on April 29?

  • 1895
    Malcolm Sargent, British conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1964
    Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
  • 1979
    Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club)
  • 1980
    Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Alex Vincent, American actor

Who died on April 29?

  • 926
    Burchard II, Duke of Swabia
  • 1698
    Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)
  • 1998
    Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 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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