Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 29
This is a list of selected October 29 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled October 29, 2016 featured article or the October 29, 2016 featured picture.
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|1268 – Conradin, the last Duke of Swabia, was beheaded in Naples after failing to reclaim Sicily for the House of Hohenstaufen from Charles of Anjou.||needs more footnotes|
|1787 – The opera Don Giovanni, based on the legendary fictional libertine Don Juan and composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered in the Estates Theatre in Prague.||refimprove section|
|1886 – New York City office workers spontaneously "invented" the ticker tape parade.||Stubby, needs more references|
|1956 – The Suez Crisis began with Israel invading the Sinai Peninsula and pushing Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.||globalize, neutrality disputed|
|2005 – Three explosions in Delhi, India, killed 62 people and injured at least 210 others.||refimprove section|
- 539 BC – Cyrus the Great captured Babylon, incorporating the Neo-Babylonian Empire and making the Achaemenid Empire the largest in the history of the world to that time.
- 1792 – Lt. William Broughton, a member of Captain George Vancouver's discovery expedition, observed a peak in what is now Oregon, US, and named it Mount Hood after British admiral Samuel Hood.
- 1929 – About 16 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange on "Black Tuesday", a record that stood for almost 40 years, making a total of $30 billion that had been lost over two days.
- 1948 – Arab–Israeli War: As the Israel Defense Forces captured the Palestinian Arab village of Safsaf, they massacred at least 52 villagers.
- 1986 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened the last segment of the M25 motorway, one of Britain's busiest motorways.
- 1991 – Galileo became the first spacecraft to visit an asteroid when it made a flyby of 951 Gaspra.
- 1998 – After more than three decades, 77-year-old John Glenn returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-95, to study the effects of space flight on the elderly.
- 1998 – Hurricane Mitch made landfall, whereupon it dropped up to 1,900 mm (75 in) of rain, causing flooding that killed over 11,000 people in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
- 1998 – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented its report on Apartheid in South Africa, condemning both the Apartheid Government and the African National Congress for committing atrocities.
- 1999 – About 15,000 people died when a supercyclone hit the Indian state of Odisha near the city of Bhubaneswar.
- 2004 – Representatives of the member states of the European Union signed the European Constitution in Rome, although it failed to be ratified.
- 1618 – English courtier and explorer Walter Raleigh (pictured) was executed in London after King James I reinstated a fifteen-year-old death sentence against him.
- 1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Wauhatchie, one of the few night battles of the war, concluded with the Union Army opening a supply line to troops in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- 1917 – The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparing for and carrying out the Russian Revolution, was established.
- 1969 – A student at UCLA sent the first message on the ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, to a computer at Stanford Research Institute.
- 2013 – The first phase of the Marmaray project opened with an undersea rail tunnel across the Bosphorus strait.