October 29 in Pop Culture History

October 29th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 29th History Highlights

  • 1618 – English courtier Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
  • 1969 – The first, early “internet” connection (ARPANET) was made between Stanford and UCLA Universities.
    By the end of the year, the University of California (Santa Barbara) and the University of Utah were also online.
  • 2012 – Superstorm Sandy crashed into the US northeastern shores and the mainland.
  • If you were born on October 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 5th (same year)

October 29th is…

Cat Day
Hermit Day
Internet Day
Pancake Day
Oatmeal Day
World Stroke Day
World Psoriasis Day

October 29th Birthday Quotes

“There are no rules. You can write a story, if you wish, with no conflict, no suspense, no beginning, middle, or end. Of course, you have to be regarded as a genius to get away with it, and that’s the hardest part – convincing everybody you’re a genius.”
– Fredric Brown

“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?”
Fanny Brice

“It’s the imperfections that make something beautiful, that’s what makes it different and unique from everything else.”
– Bob Ross

Sometimes the better an actor is, the less he’s noticed.”
– Kate Jackson

“I had the X rating on my films. Now they do as much on The Simpsons as I got an X rating for Fritz the Cat.”
– Ralph Bakshi

October 29th Birthdays

1837 – Harriet Powers, American folk artist and quilter (died in 1910)
1891 – Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (died in 1951)
1897 – Joseph Goebbels, German politician, Chancellor of Nazi Germany (died in 1945)
1906 – Fredric Brown, American author (died in 1972)
1922 – Neal Hefti, American trumpet player, and composer, TV’s Batman Theme (died in 2008)
1938 – Ralph Bakshi, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1942 – Bob Ross, American painter and television host (died in 1995)
1947 – Richard Dreyfuss, American actor
1948 – Kate Jackson, American actress
1964 – Yasmin Le Bon, English model
1967 – Joely Fisher, American actress
1971 – Winona Ryder, American actress

October 29th History

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against James I of England.

1886 – The first ticker-tape parade took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.

1888 – The Convention of Constantinople was signed, guaranteeing maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.

1929 – “Black Tuesday” – The New York Stock Exchange crashed.

1955 – #1 Hit October 29, 1955 – November 25, 1955: Roger Williams – Autumn Leaves

1966 – William Hartnell made his last appearance as the First Doctor in the concluding moments of Episode 4 of the Doctor Who serial ‘The Tenth Planet’. No original copies are known to exist.

1966 – #1 Hit October 29, 1966 – November 4, 1966: Question Mark & the Mysterians – 96 Tears

1967 – Montreal’s World Fair – Expo 67 closed, with over 50 million visitors.

1971 – Rock Guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident.

1983 – #1 Hit October 29, 1983 – November 11, 1983: Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – Islands in the Stream

1993- The very first “Got Milk?” commercial was broadcast. It was directed by Michael Bay.

1998 – The Gothenburg discotheque fire in Sweden killed 63 students and injured 200 more.

1998 – Space Shuttle Discovery took off with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

2008 – Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines.

2012 – Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States, killing 148 people directly and 138 in the aftermath.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Sanford and Son was based on the BBC show Steptoe and Son.

During the Great Tea Race of 1866, 3 ships left China at the same time, sailed 14000 miles over 99 days, and docked within 2 hours of each other.

James Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry after seeing Star Wars in 1977.

Most of the gold ever mined is still in circulation today. That gold ring or watch that you’re wearing could have belonged to historic figures like Cleopatra or Alexander the Great

A rumble strip on Route 66 outside Albuquerque, New Mexico plays ‘America The Beautiful’.

The human brain may be able to hold as much information in its memory as is contained on the entire Internet. It’s calculated that the brain could store 1 petabyte (or a quadrillion bytes) of information.

The Capital of Guinea-Bissau is Bissau

“Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.” – Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in Casablanca, 1942

Susan Sarandon – Real Name: Susan Tomaling

Smokey Bear was created in 1944 in response to the WWII Japanese submarine attacks on Santa Barbara, CA (1942) near Los Padres National Forest.

Whoever put an ‘s’ in the word lisp was an evil genius.

There is no such place as “South Detroit” nor has there ever been one in its history; Downtown Detroit’s southern border is the Detroit River, and the other side of the river is Canadian territory. #DontStopBelievin

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