Today in History

  • Wed Apr 28th, 2010 10:17pm
  • Life

Today is Thursday, April 29, the 119th day of 2010. There are 246 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On April 29, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp; the same day, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz as president.

ON THIS DATE

In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a French victory over the English.

In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1946, 28 former Japanese officials went on trial in Tokyo as war criminals; seven ended up being sentenced to death.

In 1968, the counterculture musical “Hair” opened on Broadway following limited engagements off-Broadway.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

In 1992, deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif. acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

In 2000, tens of thousands of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami’s Little Havana, protesting the raid in which armed federal agents yanked 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives. Lennox Lewis knocked out Michael Grant in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.

In 2009, the World Health Organization raised its alert level for swine flu to its next-to-highest notch.

Associated Press