Wednesday March 29 2017
Historical events of March 29
1986A court in Rome acquits six men in a plot to kill the Pope.
1976Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.
1975Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declares that he will reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
1973The last U.S. troops withdraw from South Vietnam.
1971Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is found guilty for his actions in the My Lai massacre.
1967France launches its first nuclear submarine.
1966Leonid Brezhenev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. He denounces the American policy in Vietnam and calls it one of aggression.
1962Cuba opens the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1961The 23rd amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, is ratified.
1952President Harry Truman removes himself from the presidential race.
1951Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner.
1951The Chinese reject Gen. Douglas MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.
1941The British sink five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.
1936Judith Guest, novelist (Ordinary People).
1936Italy firebombs the Ethiopian city of Harar.
1918Pearl Bailey, singer and actress.
1916Eugene McCarthy, U.S. senator and presidential candidate.
1916The Italians call off the fifth attack on Isonzo.
1913The German government announces a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.
1910Helen Wells, author of the Cherry Ames series.
1903A regular news service begins between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.
1888James E. Casey, founder of the United Parcel Service
1886Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold.
1881Raymond Hood, architect.
1879British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse a major attack by Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand.
1875Lou Henry Hoover, first lady President Herbert Hoover.
1867Cy Young, major league baseball pitcher with the most wins (509 or 511 total).
1867The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1847U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott take possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
1835Elihu Thomson, the English-born American inventor of electric welding and arc lighting.
1827Composer Ludwig van Beethoven is buried in Vienna amidst a crowd of over 10,000 mourners.
1819Edwin Drake, drilled the first productive oil well.
1790John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (1841-1845).
1638A permanent European colony is established in present-day Delaware.
1461The armies of two kings, Henry VI and Edward IV, collide at Towton.
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