September 29th

2008
Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual.
2005
John Roberts was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice.
John Roberts
2001
Former South Vietnam president Nguyen Van Thieu died.
Nguyễn Văn Thiệu
2000
Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshippers, killing four Palestinians and wounding 175.
Al-Aqsa Mosque
1994
Sinking of MS Estonia. MS Estonia, a passenger and car ferry, sank in the Baltic Sea killing more than 800 passengers. It is considered to be the worst maritime peace-time disaster of the 20th century.
MS Estonia
1991
Coup in Haiti. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed in a military coup. Aristide had been elected in a national election held 8 months before the coup.
1991 Haitian coup d'état
1988
The space shuttle Discovery was launched, the first American staffed space flight since the Challenger disaster.
Apollo 7
1982
Seven people died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. This led to the use of safety seals on most consumer products.
Chicago Tylenol murders
1978
Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Malachi Martin
1972
First Canadian Satellite. Canada launched its first ever satellite, Alouette 1, on this day from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United States. A joint venture between NASA and Defence Research and Development Canada, the satellite was sent to study the Earth's ionosphere.
Anik (satellite)
1957
Baseball's New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds before moving to San Francisco for the next season.
1957 New York Giants (MLB) season
1954
New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays made a running catch with his back to home plate on a 450-foot blast by Cleveland Indians batter Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the World Series.
The Catch (baseball)
1941
Babi Yar massacre. About 33,000 Soviet Jews were killed at the Babi Yar ravine in Kiev by the Nazis in a two-day massacre that started on this day.
Babi Yar
1918
Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough on the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
Hundred Days Offensive
1895
French chemist Louis Pasteur died.
Louis Pasteur
1829
British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel establishes London's Metropolitan Police - hence the nicknames "bobbies" and "peelers".
Police
1789
The U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
1789 in the United States
1567
War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX.
French Wars of Religion
1399
King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne.
Richard II of England