October 29: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1792 - Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
- 1886 - The first ticker-tape parade takes place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
- 1960 - In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.
- 1991 - The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid.
- 1998 - Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
- Famous Birthdays:Connie Mack (U.S. Senator), William Berenberg (American physician), Martin Folkes (English antiquarian), Marcellin Berthelot (French chemist), Niki de Saint Phalle (French sculptor)
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