Famous birthdays, deaths and events of April 29
534 - Taliesin, Welsh poet 1727 - Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer (d. 1810) 1745 - Oliver Ellsworth, 3rd Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1807) 1780 - Charles Nodier, French writer (d. 1844) 1842 - Karl Millöcker, Dutch composer (d. 1899) 1863 - William Randolph Hearst, American publisher (d. 1951) 1863 - Constantine P. Cavafy, Greek poet (d. 1933) 1875 - Rafael Sabatini, Italian/British writer (d. 1950) 1876 - Zauditu of Ethiopia, (d. 1930) 1893 - Harold Urey, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981) 1907 - Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (d. 1983) 1907 - Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-born American film director (d. 1997) 1908 - Jack Williamson, American writer (d. 2006) 1909 - Tom Ewell, American actor (d. 1994) 1912 - Richard Carlson, American actor (d. 1977) 1915 - Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers) (d. 1999) 1917 - Celeste Holm, American actress 1919 - Gérard Oury, French film actor and director (d. 2006) 1920 - Harold Shapero, American composer 1922 - Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001) 1922 - Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz guitarist and harmonica player 1924 - Al Balding, Canadian golfer (d. 2006) 1924 - Zizi Jeanmaire, French ballet dancer and actress 1925 - Ned Austin, American character actor (d. 2007) 1925 - Iwao Takamoto, American animator 1928 - Carl Gardner, American singer (The Coasters) 1929 - Ray Baretto, American jazz musician (d. 2006) 1929 - Walter Kempowski, German author (d. 2007) 1929 - Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003) 1929 - Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer 1930 - Jean Rochefort, French actor 1931 - Lonnie Donegan, Scottish musician (d. 2002) 1933 - Rod McKuen, American poet and composer 1934 - Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player 1934 - Otis Rush, American musician 1936 - April Stevens, American singer 1936 - Lane Smith, American actor (d. 2005) 1937 - Jill Paton Walsh, English writer 1938 - Fred Dibnah, English television personality (d. 2004) 1938 - Klaus Voormann, German musician 1942 - Galina Kulakova, Soviet cross country skier 1944 - Richard Kline, American actor and director 1945 - Tammi Terrell, American singer (d. 1970) 1947 - Serge Bernier, Canadian ice hockey player 1947 - Tommy James, American musician 1948 - Bruce Cutler, American attorney 1948 - Michael Karoli, German guitarist and violinist (Can) (d. 2001) 1950 - Phillip Noyce, Australian film director 1951 - Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001) 1952 - Nora Dunn, American actress 1952 - David Icke, English writer 1952 - Bob McClure, American baseball player 1954 - Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder 1954 - Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian 1955 - Kate Mulgrew, American actress 1955 - Wendee Lee, American voice actress 1955 - Gino Quilico, Canadian baritone 1956 - Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer 1957 - Daniel Day-Lewis, British-Irish actor 1957 - Mark Kendall, American guitarist 1957 - Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast (d. 2003) 1958 - Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress 1958 - Eve Plumb, American actress 1958 - Gary Cohen, Baseball broadcaster 1960 - Phil King, English bassist 1960 - Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian writer 1960 - Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker 1961 - Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū 1964 - Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor 1966 - Phil Tufnell, English cricketer 1967 - Curtis Joseph, Canadian ice hockey player 1967 - Master P, American rapper 1968 - Carnie Wilson, American singer 1969 - Paul Adelstein, American actor 1970 - Andre Agassi, American tennis player 1970 - China Forbes, American singer and songwriter (Pink Martini) 1970 - Uma Thurman, American actress 1973 - Johan Hegg, Swedish heavy metal vocalist 1974 - Anggun, Indonesian singer 1974 - Pascal Cygan, French footballer 1974 - Julian Knowle, Austrian tennis player 1974 - Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist 1975 - Béres Zoo, Hungarian radio DJ 1975 - Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan baseball player 1976 - Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer 1977 - Rocío Carrasco, Spanish TV host and socialite 1977 - Claus Jensen, Danish footballer 1978 - Tony Armas, Jr. 1978 - Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, American tennis players 1979 - Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver 1979 - Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club) 1979 - Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer 1979 - Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party) 1980 - Mathieu Biron, Canadian ice hockey player 1980 - Kian Egan, Irish singer (Westlife) 1980 - Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player 1981 - George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer 1981 - Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006) 1981 - Alex Vincent, American actor 1982 - Kamran Jawaid, Pakistani film critic 1983 - Jay Cutler, American football player 1983 - Yuriko Shiratori, Japanese gravure idol and actress 1983 - David Lee, American basketball player 1983 - Sam Jones III, American Actor 1984 - Taylor Cole, American actress 1984 - Firass Dirani, Lebanese-Australian actor 1984 - Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer 1986 - Renee Alway, American Model 1987 - Alicia Morton, American actress 1988 - Younha, Korean pop singer 2003 - Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)
1630 - Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet (b. 1552) 1658 - John Cleveland, English poet (b. 1613) 1688 - Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1620) 1698 - Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis 1743 - Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (b. 1658) 1776 - Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713) 1793 - Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi (b. 1713) 1854 - Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey 1920 - William Henry Seward, Jr. 1933 - Constantine P. Cavafy, Greek poet (b. 1863) 1935 - Leroy Carr, American blues singer 1937 - William Gillette, American actor (b. 1853) 1961 - Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918) 1967 - Anthony Mann, American actor and director (b. 1906) 1967 - J.B. Lenoir, American Blues Musician (b. 1929) 1979 - Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907) 1980 - Alfred Hitchcock, English film director (b. 1899) 1993 - Mick Ronson, English musician (b. 1946) 1993 - Michael Gordon, American film director (b. 1909) 1997 - Mike Royko, American columnist (b. 1932) 2002 - Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914) 2004 - Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925) 2005 - William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927) 2005 - Mariana Levy, Mexican actress 2007 - Milt Bocek, American baseball player (b. 1912) 2007 - Josh Hancock, American baseball player (b. 1978) 2007 - Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor 2007 - Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940) 2007 - Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931) 2009 - Tom McGrath, 68, British poet and playwright, liver cancer. 2009 - Jack Lohrke, 85, American baseball player, stroke. 2009 - Alex Lees, 97, British planner of the Great Escape during World War II. 2009 - Theodore Heck, 108, American Roman Catholic priest, world's oldest Benedictine monk.
1429 - Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans. 1672 - Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands. 1770 - James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia. 1832 - Évariste Galois released from prison. 1861 - American Civil War: Maryland's House of Delegates votes not to secede from the Union. 1862 - American Civil War: New Orleans, Louisiana falls to Union forces under Admiral David Farragut. 1864 - The Theta Xi fraternity is founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. 1882 - The "Elektromote" – forerunner of the trolleybus – is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin. 1903 - A 30 million cubic-metre landslide kills 70 in Frank, Alberta, Canada. 1916 - World War I: The British 6th Indian Division surrenders to Ottoman Forces at Kut. One of the largest surrenders of British forces up to that point. 1916 - Easter Rebellion: Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin. 1945 - World War II: The German Army in Italy unconditionally surrenders to the Allies. 1945 - World War II: Start of Operation Manna. 1945 - World War II 1945 - The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops. 1946 - Former Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tojo and 28 former Japanese leaders are indicted for war crimes. 1951 - A Tibetan delegation to the Chinese government is presented with a draft treaty regarding the Chinese occupation of Tibet. 1953 - The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV. 1965 - Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) successfully launches its seventh rocket in their Rehber series. 1967 - After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title. 1968 - The controversial musical Hair opens on Broadway. 1970 - Vietnam War: United States and South Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia to hunt Viet Cong. 1974 - Watergate Scandal: President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings related to the scandal. 1975 - Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end. 1980 - Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. is founded. 1986 - Roger Clemens then of the Boston Red Sox sets a major league baseball record with 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Seattle Mariners. 1986 - A fire at the Central library of the City of Los Angeles Public Library damages or destroys 400,000 books and other items. 1991 - 1991 Bangladesh cyclone strikes the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 mph, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless. 1992 - 1992 Los Angeles riots: Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed. 1997 - The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 enters into force, outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories. 1999 - Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. 2002 - The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years. 2004 - Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office. 2004 - Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production. 2005 - Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation. 2005 - New Zealand's first civil union takes place. 2007 - Republic Protests in Turkey. 2011 - An estimated two billion people watch the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.