Today In History - Sunday, March 29th

2008


35 Countries & over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time.
2004


Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
1993


Catherine Callbeck becomes premier of Prince Edward Island and Canada's first female to be elected in a general election as a premier.
1987


WrestleMania III sets a world indoor attendance record at the Pontiac Silverdome with 93,173 fans.
1982


The Canada Act 1982 (U.K.) receives the Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, setting the stage for the Queen of Canada to proclaim the Constitution Act, 1982.
1974


NASA's Mariner 10 becomes the first spaceprobe to fly by Mercury. It was launched on November 3, 1973.
1973


Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.
1971


My Lai massacre: Lt. William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.
A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.
1961


The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections.
1951


Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
1945


World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.
1942


The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
1941


World War II: British Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy forces defeat those of the Italian ''Regia Marina'' off the Peloponnesus coast of Greece in the Battle of Cape Matapan.
1936


In Germany, Adolf Hitler receives 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters.
1930


Heinrich Brüning is appointed German Reichskanzler.
1886


Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
1882


The Knights of Columbus are established.
1879


Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Kambula: British forces defeat 20,000 Zulus.
1871


The Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria.
1867


Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.
1865


American Civil War: The Battle of Appomattox Court House begins.
1857


Sepoy Mangal Pandey of the 34th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry revolts against the British rule in India and inspires a long-drawn War of Independence of 1857 also known as the Sepoy Mutiny.
1849


The United Kingdom annexes the Punjab.
1847


Mexican-American War: United States forces led by General Winfield Scott take Veracruz after a siege.
1831


Great Bosnian uprising: Bosniak rebel against Turkey.
1809


King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden abdicates after a coup d'état. At the Diet of Porvoo, Finland's four Estates pledge allegiance to Alexander I of Russia, commencing the secession of the Grand Duchy of Finland from Sweden.
1806


Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.
1799


New York passes a law aimed at gradually abolishing slavery in the state.
1792


King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.
1638


Swedish colonists establish the first settlement in Delaware, naming it New Sweden.
1632


Treaty of Saint-Germain is signed, returning Quebec to French control after the English had seized it in 1629.
1549


The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
1461


Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton - Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England.