On This Day

29th April

1429 – Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orleans.

1770 – James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.

1882 – The "Elektromote" – forerunner of the tram – was tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.

1885 - Women were admitted for the first time to examinations at England's Oxford University.

1916 – Martial law in Ireland was lifted and the Easter rebellion officially ended with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin.

1945 – The German Army in Italy unconditionally surrendered to the Allies.

1945 – Adolf Hitler married his long-time partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designated Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor.

1945 - Dachau Concentration Camp was liberated by US Troops.

1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing title.

1985 - Four gunmen escaped with nearly $8 million in cash stolen from the Wells Fargo armored car company in New York.

1991 – A cyclone struck the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh. With winds of around 155 mph, it killed at least 138,000 people and left as many as 10 million homeless.

1992 - Riots broke out in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people were killed and hundreds of buildings destroyed.

2005 – Syria completed withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.

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