This Day in History – January 29

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January 29

Events which happened in our past eventually decide the course our lives will take in the future. Have you ever wondered what exactly are these events that happened in our past which shaped our present world? As a community, to know where we stand today, we need to first understand where we have come from. And for this purpose, knowing our history is important. So, let’s create a historic trajectory for ourselves and start by knowing all those events that happened on January 29.

904: Consecration of Sergius III
After Antipope Christopher’s deposition, Sergius III got consecrated as the Pope on January 29, 904. 

946: Deposition of Caliph Al-Mustakfi
After the deposition of Caliph Al-Mustakfi by Mu’izz al-Dawla of the Buyid Empire, Al-Muti became the Caliph of Abbasid Caliphate.

1819: Stamford Raffles
Stamford Raffles, known for founding the Modern Singapore landed on the Singapore Island. 

1845: Poe’s The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe‘s poem The Raven was first published in The Evening Mirror.

1850: Compromise of 1850
Henry Clay introduced the compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress on January 29, 1850.

1861: Kansas became a U.S. State
Kansas was admitted as the 34th state of the United States of America. 

1863: Bear River Massacre
In a military engagement between volunteers led by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor and Shoshone in Idaho during the American Civil War, hundreds of women, men and children were killed. 

1886: First gasoline-driven automobile
Karl Benz patented the first gasoline-driven automobile. 

1891: Liliʻuokalani crowned
Liliʻuokalani crowned as the last and the only female empress of the Kingdom of Hawaii. 

1907: First Native American U.S. Senator
Charles Curtis from Kansas became the first Native American to become a senator of the USA on January 29, 1907.

1911: Magonista rebellion of 1911
The Magonista rebellion of 1911, an uprising of the Lexicon Revolution began in Mexico.

1916: Bombing of Paris
German zeppelins bombed Paris for the first time during the First World War. 

1918: Battle of Cruty
During the Ukrainian–Soviet War a battle took place between Ukrainian People’s Republic and Soviet Russia near the Kruty Railway Station. 

1936: Baseball Hall of Fame
The first list of members of the Baseball Hall of Fame was announced. 

1940: Japan Railway Crash
While approaching the Ajikawaguchi Station, three trains on the Nishinari Line collided, killing around 180 people on January 29, 1940.

1941: Alexander Koryzis
After the sudden death of Ioannis Metaxas, Alexander Koryzis became the Prime Minister of Greece.

1943: Battle of Rennell Island
Battle of Rennell Island, a naval engagement during the second world war, between the USA and the Imperial Japanese Navy, took place.

1944: Koniuchy massacre
As a part of the second world war, the civilians from the Koniuchy Village were attacked by Soviet partisan units, killing over 38 people. 

1944: Destruction of Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio
After an air-raid during the second world war, the Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio was destroyed.

1948: Pakistan Socialist Party
In Karachi, the Pakistan Socialist Party was founded on January 29, 1948. 

1959: First Melodifestivalen
The first Melodifestivalen i.e, Melody Festival was held in Sweden.

1963: Pro Football Hall of Fame
On January 29, 1963, the first List of members of the Football Hall of Fame was announced. 

1967: Mantra Rock Dance
In Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, the Mantra Rock Dance took place. It featured Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Allen Ginsberg. 

1980: Debut of Rubik’s cube
In London’s Ideal Toy Corp, Rubik’s Cube made its first international debut.

1991: Battle of Khafji
The battle of Khafji took place on January 29, 1991, during the Gulf War. 

1996: End of French Nuclear Weapons Testing
The nuclear weapons testing ended with the announcement made by Jacques Chirac.

2001: Storming of the Indonesian Parliament
The Indonesian Parliament was stormed by students demanding the resignation of President Abdurrahman Wahid. 

2002: Regimes that sponsored terror
Iraq, Iran and North Korea were designated as regimes that sponsored terror by President George W. Bush in his Union address.

2009: Removal of Rod Blagojevich
After facing several charges of corruption, Rod Blagojevich was removed from his position as the Governor of Illinois. 

2013: Crashing of SCAT Airlines Flight 760
SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashed in Almaty on January 29, 2013. The plane crash killed 21 people. 

2017: Quebec City mosque shooting
Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire in Quebec City in a mosque. The firing killed 6 people and injured 19 others. 

Famous Birthdays

  • Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host
  • Tom Selleck, American actor
  • Adam Lambert, Singer and songwriter
  • Anton Chekov, Russian short story writer
  • Paul Ryan, American Politician
  • Rishabh Sinha, Indian Actor

This was our list of all the events which happened on 29 January. We hope you had fun going through this list. Let us know in the comments section how many of these facts you already knew. In case you want access to more such interesting content, stay tuned to Leverage Edu and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Quora, Facebook.

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