Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 29

  • March 29, 1461
    Edward IV secures his claim to the English throne in defeating Henry VI's Lancastrians at the battle of Towton in which about 28,000 are killed
  • March 29, 1638
    The first permanent white settlement is established in Delaware by Swedish Lutherans who build the first log cabins in America
  • March 29, 1673
    The English Parliament pass the Test Act, which excludes Roman Catholics from public functions
  • March 29, 1792
    King Gustav III King of Sweden, dies of wounds from assassination attempt, Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden succeeds
  • March 29, 1849
    Britain formally annexes Punjab, the territories of modern-day eastern Pakistan and northern western India, after Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, signs away all claims to the rule of the Punjab
  • March 29, 1873
    Puerto Rican government decrees the freedom of about 29,000 slaves and abolishes the slavery
  • March 29, 1879
    Some 2,000 British and Colonial troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment under the command of Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood repulse a major attack by 20,000 Zulu tribesmen at Kambula, Zululand, which becomes the turning point of the Anglo-Zulu War
  • March 29, 1912
    Captain Robert Scott, blizzard-bound in a tent 18 km from the South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"
  • March 29, 1959
    Some Like It Hot, an American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, is released
  • March 29, 1961
    After a 4.5-year trial, Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
  • March 29, 1973
    The last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam
  • March 29, 1974
    First close-up images of Mercury are taken by American robotic space probe Mariner 10
  • March 29, 1976
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a drama film based on the novel by Ken Kesey, wins all five major Academy Awards, and along with five Golden Globe Awards, becomes the first to do this
  • March 29, 1989
    I. M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris, France
  • March 29, 2004
    The largest expansion of North Atlantic Treaty Organization to date takes place, allowing former Eastern Bloc countries Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the organization
  • March 29, 2010
    Two female suicide bombers kill at least 41 people on Moscow metro trains, injuring 88 others, during the attack quickly blamed on the North Caucasus

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