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This Day in History for October 29

1618—English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.

1682—William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania.

1727—Severe earthquake in New England.

1811—1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans.

1833–1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded.

1863—International Committee of Red Cross forms as result of Geneva held conference (Nobel 1917,1944,1963).

1872—J. S. Risdon patents metal windmill.

1901—In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.

1924—“Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater.

1929—“Black Tuesday” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression”

1941—Cole Porter’s musical  “Let’s Face It” premieres in New York City.

1945—First ball point pen goes on sale, 57 years after it is patented.

1950—2nd NASCAR Spring Cup: Bill Rexford wins.

1964—Star of India & other jewels are stolen in NY.

1969—Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation.

1974—Law bans discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application.

1982—Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking, later acquitted..

1994—NY Lotto pays $60 million+.

1995—Sunday NY News increases price from $1.00 to $1.25.

2008—Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.

2012—Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close.

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