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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 120th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 246 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 406,080 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 ‘hectaicosagon’ 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 274 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 1,225 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 29 Historical Events

  • 1587
    Francis Drake leads a raid in the Bay of Cádiz, sinking at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: New Orleans, Louisiana falls to Union forces under Admiral David Farragut.
  • 1946
    The International Military Tribunal for the Far East convenes and indicts former Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tojo and 28 former Japanese leaders for war crimes.
  • 1953
    The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 1968
    The controversial musical Hair opens on Broadway.

Who were born on April 29?

  • 1895
    Malcolm Sargent, British conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1925
    John Compton, Saint Lucian Prime Minister (d. 2007)
  • 1936
    Adolfo Nicolás, Spanish priest
  • 1966
    Phil Tufnell, British cricketer
  • 1973
    David Belle, French physical educator

Who died on April 29?

  • 1916
    Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (b. 1850)
  • 1916
    The O'Rahilly, Irish Nationalist and member of the Easter Rising (b. 1875)
  • 1935
    Leroy Carr, American blues singer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1905)
  • 1937
    William Gillette, American actor (b. 1853)
  • 2005
    William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)

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