Daily Facts - January 29
Births1584 - Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1647)
1632 - Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
1688 - Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish scientist and philosopher (d. 1772)
1711 - Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer (d. 1788)
1715 - Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian composer (d. 1777)
1717 - Jeffrey Amherst, British military leader (d. 1797)
1718 - Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)
1737 - Thomas Paine, American patriot (d. 1809)
1749 - King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
1754 - Moses Cleaveland, founder of the city of Cleveland (d. 1806)
1782 - Daniel Auber, French composer (d. 1871)
1843 - William McKinley, 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)
1846 - Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)
1860 - Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (d. 1904)
1862 - Frederick Delius, English composer (d. 1934)
1866 - Romain Rolland, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1944)
1874 - John D. Rockefeller Jr., American entrepreneur (d. 1960)
1876 - Havergal Brian, British composer (d. 1972)
1880 - W.C. Fields, American actor (d. 1946)
1885 - Leadbelly, American musician (d. 1949)
1891 - Elizaveta Gerdt, Russian ballerina (d. 1975)
1905 - Barnett Newman, American painter (d. 1970)
1910 - Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
1911 - Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
1913 - Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
1915 - Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)
1918 - John Forsythe, American actor
1921 - Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
1923 - Paddy Chayefsky, American writer (d. 1981)
1923 - Ivo Robic, Croatian singer and songwriter (d. 2000)
1924 - Luigi Nono, Italian composer (d. 1990)
1926 - Franco Cerri, Italian musician
1926 - Abdus Salam, Pakistani physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)
1927 - Edward Abbey, American environmentalist (d. 1989)
1928 - Lee Shau Kee, Hong Kong property developer
1929 - Gordon Solie, wrestling announcer (d. 2000)
1932 - Tommy Taylor, English footballer (d. 1958)
1932 - George Allen, English footballer
1936 - James Jamerson, Electric Bass legend & Motown's master of groove. (d. 1983)
1939 - Germaine Greer, Australian writer
1940 - Katharine Ross, American actress
1942 - Claudine Longet, French singer and dancer
1945 - Jim Nicholson, Irish politician
1945 - Tom Selleck, American actor
1947 - Linda B. Buck, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1948 - Cristina Saralegui, American talk-show host
1948 - Marc Singer, Canadian actor
1950 - Ann Jillian, American actress
1950 - Jody Scheckter, South African race car driver
1952 - Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-born musician and record producer (The Ramones)
1953 - Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
1953 - Teresa Teng, Chinese singer (d. 1995)
1954 - Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba, American singer (The Dictators and MC5)
1954 - Terry Kinney, American actor
1954 - Oprah Winfrey, American producer, actress, and publisher
1957 - Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist
1960 - Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
1960 - Sean Kerly, British field hockey player
1960 - Greg Louganis, American diver
1960 - Steve Sax, American baseball player
1960 - J. G. Thirlwell, Australian-born musician
1962 - Nicholas Turturro, American actor
1964 - Andre Reed, American football player
1965 - Dominik Hasek, Czech hockey player
1966 - Romário, Brazilian footballer
1968 - Edward Burns, American actor
1969 - Thomas Jane, American actor
1969 - Hyde, Japanese singer
1970 - Heather Graham, American actress
1970 - Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Indian shooter
1973 - Jason Schmidt, baseball player
1975 - Sara Gilbert, American actress
1978 - Rob Bironas, American football player
1979 - Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player
1980 - Yael Bar Zohar, Israeli actress and model
1981 - Jonny Lang, American musician
1986 - Drew Tyler Bell, American actor
1987 - Spencer Clark, American race car driver (d. 2006)
Deaths1119 - Pope Gelasius II
1342 - Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (b. 1279)
1597 - Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
1608 - Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
1647 - Francis Meres, English writer (b. 1565)
1676 - Tsar Alexis I of Russia (b. 1629)
1678 - Jeronimo Lobo, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
1696 - Ivan V, Russian tsar;reigned from (1682-1689)
1706 - Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
1730 - Tsar Peter II of Russia (b. 1715)
1737 - George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)
1743 - Cardinal André-Hercule de Fleury, Bishop of Fréjus, chief minister under Louis XV of France (b. 1653)
1763 - Louis Racine, French poet (b. 1692)
1820 - King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738)
1829 - Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras, French politician (b. 1755)
1870 - Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)
1901 - Milan I, King of Serbia (b. 1855)
1906 - King Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1818)
1918 - Aleksei Maksimovich Kaledin, Russian counter revolutionary (b. 1861)
1928 - Douglas Haig, British soldier (b. 1861)
1933 - Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
1934 - Fritz Haber, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)
1946 - Harry Hopkins, American politician (b. 1890)
1950 - Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
1951 - Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
1956 - H. L. Mencken, American journalist (b. 1880)
1962 - Fritz Kreisler, Austrian violinist (b. 1875)
1963 - Robert Frost, American poet (b. 1874)
1964 - Alan Ladd, American actor (b. 1913)
1969 - Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1893)
1970 - Basil Liddell Hart, British historian (b. 1895)
1977 - Buster Nupen, South African cricketer (b. 1902)
1977 - Freddie Prinze, American actor and comedian (b. 1954)
1980 - Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and comedian (b. 1893)
1986 - Leif Erickson, American actor (b. 1911)
1989 - Halina Konopacka Polish athlete (b. 1900)
1991 - Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian (b. 1907)
1992 - Willie Dixon, American composer and musician (b. 1915)
1998 - Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
1999 - Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
2002 - Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
2002 - Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (b. 1914)
2003 - Frank Moss, U.S. Senator from Utah (b. 1911)
2004 - M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
2004 - Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
2005 - Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
2005 - Ephraim Kishon, Israeli satirst (b. 1924)
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Events904 - Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
1595 - William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is probably first performed.
1676 - Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia.
1814 - France defeated Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Brienne.
1834 - US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
1845 - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is published for the first time (New York Evening Mirror).
1850 - Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
1856 - Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
1861 - Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
1863 - Bear River Massacre.
1886 - Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
1891 - Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
1900 - The American League is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 8 founding teams.
1916 - World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins .
1929 - The Seeing Eye Dog organization is formed.
1933 - President of Germany Paul von Hindenburg appoints Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.
1936 - The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
1944 - The battleship USS Missouri is launched.
1944 - World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
1944 - World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
1958 - Police capture Charles Starkweather in Wyoming.
1959 - Sleeping Beauty, an animated feature produced by Walt Disney based upon a fairy tale, was first released.
1963 - First inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
1964 - 1964 Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria.
1964 - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is released in the US
1966 - The first of 608 performances of Sweet Charity opens at the Palace Theatre in New York City.
1986 - Yoweri Museveni is sworn in as President of Uganda.
1978 - Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban.
1995 - Super Bowl XXIX: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 and become the first NFL team to win five Super Bowl titles.
1996 - President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear testing.
1996 - La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.
1998 - In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit.
2001 - Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
2002 - In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
2004 - A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing 56-foot long Sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
2006 - Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is sworn in as the Emir of Kuwait.
2006 - ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt were severly injured in Iraq following a car blast.