January 29th

2009
The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.
Rod Blagojevich
2002
George W. Bush coins the term “axis of evil” as part of his State of the Union Address. The term used to describe “regimes that sponsor terror” became exemplary for the terminology used by the Bush administration to promote its “war on terror”.
Axis of evil
1998
A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. (The bomber, Eric Rudolph, was captured in May 2003 and is serving a life sentence.).
Emily Lyons
1996
France stops nuclear testing. President Jaques Chirac announced the “definite end” to France's nuclear testing program just 1 day after the country exploded a nuclear device in the South Pacific.
1995–96 French nuclear tests
1995
The San Francisco 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowl titles when they beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX.
Super Bowl XXIX
1979
President Jimmy Carter welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
China–United States relations
1967
The Mantra-Rock Dance takes place in San Francisco. The event is considered to have been the major spiritual event of the San Francisco hippy era.
Mantra-Rock Dance
1963
Poet Robert Frost died at age 88.
Robert Frost
1958
Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.
Paul Newman
1936
Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson were the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1936
1900
The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia.
American League
1896
Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer.
Emil Grubbe
1892
The Coca-Cola Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Coca-Cola Company
1886
German engineer Carl Benz patents the first modern automobile. His “Benz Patent-Motorwagen Nummer 1” was the first gasoline-driven car.
Karl Benz
1861
Kansas became the 34th state in the United States.
Kansas
1860
Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov was born in the port city of Taganrog.
Anton Chekhov
1850
Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
Compromise of 1850
1845
Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven” is published. The narrative poem first appeared in the New York Evening Mirror.
The Raven
1843
William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, was born in Niles, Ohio.
William McKinley
1820
Britain's King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.
George III of the United Kingdom
1802
John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. He was paid $2 a day.
Portal:Pittsburgh/On this day
1595
William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed. The play was officially published in early 1597.
Chronology of Shakespeare's plays