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Today in history: April 29

Today in history: April 29
29 Apr
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Today in history

In 1928, the regular meeting of the Merchants’ Association will be held at the city hall Tuesday evening at 7:45, with Wynald Wichers as the guest speaker. A matter of importance is to be taken up, the body to decide whether or not the stores will be closed on afternoon a week during the summer. It has been the custom to close each Thursday afternoon during July and August for the past two years but there has been some opposition to the idea.

On this day

In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a French victory over the English.

In 1798, Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” was rehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an invited audience.

In 1861, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 53-13 against seceding from the Union. In Montgomery, Alabama, President Jefferson Davis asked the Confederate Congress for the authority to wage war.

In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his “Fuhrerbunker” and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz  president.

In 1957, the SM-1, the first military nuclear power plant, was dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin’s cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” was released as a single by Atlantic Records.

In 1968, the counterculture rock musical “Hair” heralding the “Age of Aquarius” opened at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater following limited engagements off-Broadway, beginning a run of 1,750 performances.

In 1977, Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald Coggan, participated in a Christian unity service in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.

In 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King; the verdicts were followed by rioting in Los Angeles resulting in 55 deaths.

In 1993, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II announced that for the first time, Buckingham Palace would be opened to tourists to help raise money for repairs at fire-damaged Windsor Castle.

In 2011, Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Celebrity birthdays

Uma Thurman is 48.

Bernard Madoff is 80.

Tommy James is 71.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow is 68.

Jerry Seinfeld is 64.

Andre Agassi is 48.

Megan Boone is 35.

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