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Today in History — April 29

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

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Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, April 29, the 119th day of 2007. 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 Admiral Karl Doenitz president.

On this date:

In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a French victory over the English.

In 1798, Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” was rehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an invited audience.

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

In 1901, Japanese Emperor Hirohito was born in Tokyo.

In 1907, movie director Fred Zinnemann (“From Here to Eternity,” “High Noon,” “A Man For All Seasons”) was born in Vienna, Austria.

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

In 1946, 28 former Japanese leaders went on trial in Tokyo as war criminals; seven ended up being sentenced to death.

In 1974, President Richard 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.

Ten years ago: Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. (He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and dishonorably discharged.) A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons went into effect. Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk. Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Mike Royko died in Chicago at age 64.

Five years ago: A year after the loss of a seat it had held for over 50 years, the United States won election to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

One year ago: Tens of thousands of protesters marched through lower Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith died in Cambridge, Mass., at age 97.

Today’s Birthdays: Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is 79. Poet Rod McKuen is 74. Actor Keith Baxter is 74. Bluesman Otis Rush is 73. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 71. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 64. Singer Tommy James is 60. Movie director Phillip Noyce is 57. Country musician Wayne Secrest (Confederate Railroad) is 57. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is

53. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 52. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 50. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 49. Actress Eve Plumb is 49. Rock musician Phil King is 47. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 44. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 39. Actress Uma Thurman is 37. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 37. Rapper Master P is 37. Country singer James Bonamy is 35. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 34. Actor Zane Carney is 22.

Thought for Today: “If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” — Anatole France, French author and critic (1844-1924).