April 29th

2011
Kate Middleton marries Prince William in a lavish royal wedding at Westminster Abbey in London.
Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
1997
The Chemical Weapons Convention becomes effective. The arms control treaty prohibits the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons. It has so far been ratified by some 190 countries.
Chemical Weapons Convention
1996
The musical 'Rent' opened on Broadway.
Rent (musical)
1992
Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King. Fifty-four people were killed.
1992 Los Angeles riots
1990
Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate.
Timeline of modern American conservatism
1986
Pitcher Roger Clemens set a major league baseball record by striking out 20 batters in a regular nine-inning game. He repeated his feat in 1996.
David Wells
1981
Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the 'Yorkshire Ripper,' the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.
Peter Sutcliffe
1980
Film director Alfred Hitchcock died at age of 80.
Alfred Hitchcock
1978
Japan's Naomi Uemura, traveling by sled dog, became the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
Naomi Uemura
1975
Hubert van Es takes the famous picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop. The image shows South Vietnamese civilians employed by the U.S. trying to escape Saigon on the day before the city's fall. It came to symbolize the American defeat in Vietnam.
Operation Frequent Wind
1968
The musical Hair goes to Broadway. As a portrait of the 1960s hippie counterculture and sexual revolution, it was highly controversial at the time. Some of the musical's songs became anthems of the peace movement during the Vietnam War.
Hair (musical)
1945
A day before committing suicide, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun marry. On the same day, U.S. troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
Eva Braun
1916
Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrender unconditionally, marking the end of the Easter Rising.
Easter Rising
1899
Jazz musician and bandleader Duke Ellington was born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington, D.C.
Duke Ellington
1864
Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga.
Tauranga Campaign
1862
New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War.
New Orleans in the American Civil War
1861
Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
Maryland in the American Civil War
1429
Joan of Arc entered the city of Orléans. She would end its months-long siege and would become known as the "Maid of Orléans.".
Siege of Orléans