updated 4/29/2005 12:05:25 AM ET 2005-04-29T04:05:25

Today is Friday, April 29, the 119th day of 2005. There are 246 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 29, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp; the same day, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz his successor.

On this date:
In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.

In 1861, Maryland’s House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.

In 1862, New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.

In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1946, 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals.

In 1974, President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.

In 1992, deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

In 1996, former CIA Director William Colby was presumed drowned by authorities in Maryland after an apparent boating accident; his body was later recovered.

In 1997, a worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons went into effect.

Ten years ago: Rescue workers in Oklahoma City continued the grim task of searching for bodies and pulling debris from the bombed-out Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where the remains of more than 120 of the 168 victims had been recovered.

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami’s Little Havana, protesting the raid in which armed federal agents yanked 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives. Lennox Lewis knocked out Michael Grant in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.

One year ago: President Bush and Vice President Cheney met behind closed doors with the Sept. 11 commission. A national monument to the 16 million U.S. men and women who’d served during World War II opened to the public in Washington D.C. Internet search engine leader Google Inc. filed its long-awaited IPO plans. A ruptured pipeline spilled an estimated 85,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Suisun Bay, east of San Francisco.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Celeste Holm is 86. R&B singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is 77. Poet Rod McKuen is 72. Actor Keith Baxter is 72. Bluesman Otis Rush is 71. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 69. Actor Lane Smith is 69. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 62. Singer Tommy James is 58. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 55. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 55. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 51. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 50. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 48. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 47. Actress Eve Plumb is 47. Rock musician Phil King is 45. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 42. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 37. Actress Uma Thurman is 35. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 35. Rapper Master P is 35. Country singer James Bonamy is 33. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 32. Actor Zane Carney is 20.

Thought for Today: “Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.” — Sir Laurens van der Post, South African author (1906-1996).

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