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Today In History – March 29

March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day in the United States
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed annually on March 29 in the United States. It is a national observance that recognizes veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed annually on March 29 in the United States. It is a national observance that recognizes veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War.

History archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

EVENTS

1461 – Battle of Towton: Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England, bringing a temporary stop to the Wars of the Roses.

1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.

1847 – Mexican–American War: United States forces led by General Winfield Scott take Veracruz after a siege.

1867 – Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes Canada on July 1.

1871 – Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria.

1882 – The Knights of Columbus is established.

1941 – The North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time.

1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.

1957 – The New York, Ontario and Western Railway makes its final run, the first major U.S. railroad to be abandoned in its entirety.

1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.

1973 – Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.

1974 – NASA's Mariner 10 becomes the first space probe to fly by Mercury.

1984 – The Baltimore Colts load its possessions onto fifteen Mayflower moving trucks in the early morning hours and transfer its operations to Indianapolis.

1999 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time, during the height of the dot-com bubble.

BIRTHS

1602 – John Lightfoot, English priest, scholar, and academic (d. 1675)

1769 – Jean-de-Dieu Soult, French general and politician, 12th Prime Minister of France (d. 1851)

1790 – John Tyler, American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1867 – Cy Young, American baseball player and manager (d. 1955)

1889 – Howard Lindsay, American producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor (d. 1968)

1908 – Arthur O'Connell, American actor (d. 1981)

1909 – Moon Mullican, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1967)

1918 – Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1918 – Sam Walton, American businessman, founded Walmart and Sam's Club (d. 1992)

1919 – Eileen Heckart, American actress (d. 2001)

1927 – John Vane, English pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1943 – Vangelis, Greek keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2022)

1943 – Eric Idle, English actor, comedian, musician and writer

1968 – Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress

DEATHS

1788 – Charles Wesley, English missionary and poet (b. 1707)

1891 – Georges Seurat, French painter (b. 1859)

1992 – Paul Henreid, American actor (b. 1908)

1994 – Bill Travers, English actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1922)

2014 – Marc Platt, American actor and dancer (b. 1913)

2016 – Patty Duke, American actress (b. 1946)

2020 – Joe Diffie, American country music singer (b. 1958)

2022 – Jennifer Wilson, English actress (b. 1932)

2024 – Louis Gossett Jr., American actor (b. 1936)



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