April 29 in Pop Culture History

April 29 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

April 29 History Highlights

  • 1770 – James Cook arrived in Australia, and named Botany Bay.
  • 1945 – The Dachau concentration camp was liberated.
  • 1968 – Hair, a hippie/counter-culture and sexual revolution musical, opened at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway.
  • 2011 – The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • If you were born on April 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… August 6th (prior year)

The Modern Zipper

The ‘Hookless No. 2’ was invented in 1913 by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback, and perfected in 1917 (patent #1,219,881). The zipper is an indispensable garment invention that has revolutionized fashion. Initially used for industrial purposes, zippers became popular in clothing during and after WWII.

April 29 is…

Dance Day
Shrimp Scampi Day
Zipper Day

April 29 Birthday Quotes

“News is what people don’t want you to print. Everything thing else is ads.”
– William Randolph Hearst

“I didn’t like the idea of being foolish, but I learned pretty soon that it was essential to fail and be foolish.”
– Daniel Day-Lewis

“Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.”
– Duke Ellington

“If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.”
– Andre Agassi

“If I could do it over, I’d do better.”
– Rod McKuen

April 29 Birthdays

1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (died in 1951)
1899 – Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (died in 1974)
1901 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (died in 1989)
1908 – Jack Williamson, American author and academic (died in 2006)
1917 – Celeste Holm, American actress and singer (died in 2012)
1933 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (died in 2015)
1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter
1945 – Tammi Terrell, American soul singer-songwriter (died in 1970)
1951 – Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (died in 2001)
1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian
1955 – Kate Mulgrew, American actress
1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, British-Irish actor
1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress
1970 – Andre Agassi, American tennis player
1970 – Uma Thurman, American actress
1996 – Katherine Langford, Australian actress

April 29 History

1429 – 17-year-old Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orléans.

1864 – Theta Xi fraternity was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

1962 – ABC’s Wide World of Sports premiered.

1945 – The US Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the Dachau concentration camp.

1945 – Adolf Hitler married his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker.

1950 – #1 Hit April 29, 1950 – July 14, 1950: Anton Karas – The Third Man Theme

1953 – In the first 3D television broadcast, an episode of Space Patrol was shown on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.

1968 – Broadway Show – Hair (Musical) April 29, 1968

1983Valley Girl and The Hunger were released in theaters.

1991 (Cyclone) Bangladesh Cyclone, in Bangladesh, killed 135,000 people.

1993 – A cartoon version of Barry White appeared on the fourth season finale of The Simpsons.

1992 – Rodney King trial verdict announced. Four police officers who had been charged with using excessive force in arresting black motorist Rodney King a year earlier were acquitted. Rioting ensued – over the next three days 53 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were destroyed.

1994 – When a Man Loves a Woman, With Honors, You So Crazy and No Escape debuted in theaters.

1996 – TV Land network made its debut.

1996 – Broadway Show – Rent (Musical) April 29, 1996

2005 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and XXX: State of the Union were released in theaters.

2011 – The Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate (Catherine) Middleton.

2011 – Fast Five debuted in theaters.

2015 – A baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox set the all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball. Zero (0) fans were in attendance for the game, because the stadium was officially closed to the public due to the 2015 Baltimore protests.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Brevity – and I know most of you have heard this before and maybe some people will not agree, but I think it is true and I know others who feel the same way, though I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion – is the soul of wit.

Van Morrison – Real Name: George Ivan Morrison

One of my planets is making this horrible screeching noise. My friend is a planetary mechanic and says that I might have to replace the planet’s Van Allen belt. How can I tell if it’s worn out?

The Scary Statistic: Cancer odds: 1-in-7

What to do: Don’t smoke, drink purified water, avoid living near or around chemical plants.

Toucan Sam tells us to ‘follow your nose’ to Kellogg’s Froot Loops.

“I know you’re scared. I’m scared too. They’re sharks. They’re scary. No one wants to get eaten. But I’ve been eaten. And I’m here to tell you it takes a lot more than that to bring a good man down.” – Fin Shepard, Sharknado

“There are no failures. Just experiences.” – Des Coroy

Employing people based on their ability to perform a task ostracizes those with little or no skill, and has no place in an inclusive society.

When I trip and fall on the ground, I’m crashing into a PLANET. The fact that I can survive with just some scrapes basically makes me a superhero.

The Capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe

To this day I can’t read “This is how we do it.” Without hearing Montel Jordan singing it.

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