29 October 2006

This day in history: 29 Oct

1618: Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I.

1628: The VOC ship Batavia set sail from the Netherlands en route to the Dutch East Indies.

1863: Confederate forces under Brigadier General Micah Jenkins were defeated in a night attack in the Battle of Wauhatchie.

1901: Leon Czolgosz was executed, by electrocution, for the assassination of President William McKinley.

1929: Black Tuesday.

1955: 608 Soviet sailors were lost when the battleship Novorossijsk exploded and sank; the official explanation was that the ship had detonated a German magnetic mine left over from World War II.

1956: Israeli forces invaded the Sinai Peninsula, beginning the Suez Crisis.

1964: A gang of thieves led by Murph the Surf stole a collection of gems – including the 563-karat Star of India sapphire – from the American Museum of National History.

1998: Space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral on mission STS-95 with a seven-man crew which included 77-year-old John Glenn, the oldest man in space.

In addition to Raleigh and Czolgosz, Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877), Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), Hal Clement (1922-2003) and Vaughn Meader (1936-2004) died on this date.

And happy birthday to James Boswell (1740-1795), Fanny Brice (1891-1951), Bill Mauldin (1921-2003), Ralph Bakshi (1938-TBD), Richard Dreyfuss (1947-TBD) and Kate Jackson (1948-TBD)

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