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

September 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 29 is the 273rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 93 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

When this day started, 409,752 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 ‘dihectaheptacontatrigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 121 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 1,378 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 29 Historical Events

  • 1717
    An earthquake strikes Antigua Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city.
  • 1972
    Sino-Japanese relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.
  • 1979
    Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1990
    Construction of the Washington National Cathedral is completed.
  • 2008
    Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

Who were born on September 29?

  • 1511
    Miguel Servet aka Michael Servetus, Spanish humanist (d. 1553)
  • 1864
    Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish writer and philosopher (d. 1936)
  • 1902
    Miguel Alemán Valdés, President of Mexico (d. 1983)
  • 1938
    Wim Kok, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1994 until 2002
  • 1971
    Sibel Tüzün, Turkish singer

Who died on September 29?

  • 1304
    John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey, English soldier (b. 1231)
  • 1908
    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (b. 1839)
  • 1930
    Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Russian painter (b. 1844)
  • 2006
    Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Lois Maxwell, Canadian actress (b. 1927)

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