This Day in History – October 29


1942 Nazis murder 16,000 Jews in Pinsk, Soviet Union

1945 First ballpoint pen goes on sale, manufactured by Biro

1956 Suez Crisis erupts into war as Israel invades the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula, to be followed by a planned airborne assault by France and Britain

1958 Boris Pasternak refuses Nobel prize for literature

1988 China announces an herbal male contraceptive

1998 Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.

1999 Deadliest Indian Ocean tropical super cyclone hits Odisha, India, death toll 9,885, wind speed of 300 mph

2002 Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1,500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.

2007 Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

2015 China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years



1925 Robert Hardy, British actor (Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter film series)

1970 Edwin van der Sar (Former Dutch soccer goalkeeper – Ajax & Manchester United)

1972 Gabrielle Union, American actress, author and activist

1972 Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress (Dr. Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish TV Series)

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