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This Day in History – April 29

1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel.

1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr. are 1st African Americans to open a law practice in the US.

1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published.

1894 – The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey’s Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to protest against unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol.

1905 – 2″ rain falls in 10 minutes in Taylor, Texas.

1918 – Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays.

1926 – France and US reach accord on repayment of WW I.

1927 – Construction of Spirit of St. Louis (the monoplane which Charles Lindburgh was to fly across the Atlantic) is completed.

1939 – Whitestone Bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Bronx and Queens opens.

1945 – US Army liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.

1953 – Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds’ center field bleachers.

1962 – 16th Tony Awards: “A Man For All Seasons” & “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” win.

1970 – US and South Vietnamese forces launch an incursion into Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War.

1974 – US President Richard Nixon said he will release edited tapes made in the White House.

1975 – Vietnam War: US begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon in Operation Frequent Wind in response to advancing North Vietnamese forces, bringing an end to US involvement in the war.

1983 – Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago’s 1st African American mayor.

1992 – Jury acquits LA police officers of beating Rodney King, riots begin.

2002 – The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years.

2004 – Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.

2017 – 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5.

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