The torch passed from President Calvin Coolidge to America’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover, on March 4th of 1929. At this time, census numbers place the world population at just over 2.1 billion.
The most common names for newborns at the time were Robert and, just like many years prior, Mary. Included among these bundles of joy were famous Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Junior; a famous female fashion designer, Liz Claiborne; a future Canadian Prime Minster, John Turney; and a future first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. As the sun rose on those four, this year also saw the passing of Wyatt Earp, Karl Benz, and Elijah McCoy.
These 364 days also saw changes to Sunday comics, a tragedy that forever changed February 14th, and the establishment of Grand Teton National Park. Libraries had a hard time keeping books like All Quiet on the Western Front, A Farewell to Arms, and The Sound and the Fury on the shelves. In contrast, on the silver screen, movies like Pandora’s Box, The Broadway Melody, and The Cocoanauts shot to the top of the box office charts.
Whether you knew it or not, a lot of things did not exist until 1929. These items include sci-fi (Buck Rogers) and first adventure-based (Tarzan) comic strips, the Academy Awards, and nudist organizations. Even if they were not the first in the world, some other notable things happened: the forming of the USA’s Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization, the expulsion of Trotsky from Russia, the arrival of Mother Theresa in Calcutta, the withdrawal of British troops from Germany in September, and the invention of the car radio. Sadly, some tragedies also marred these 365 days. Mobsters killed eight during the Valentine’s day massacre. The worst thing of all occurred on October 29th as the Dow Jones plummeted and marked the beginnings of the Great Depression. While this would help make Hoover synonymous with an item used for sucking, the vacuum, this year also saw him grant his name to the Boulder Dam.
For everyone who loves headbanging on the highway, or loved their first reading of All Quiet on the Western Front, they owe some measure of gratitude to the year 1929.
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- Thomas Mann
- Louis de Broglie
- Arthur Harden
- Hans von Euler-Chelpin
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- Christiaan Eijkman
- Frederick Gowland Hopkins
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- 01 Jan 1929 Roy Riegels runs 60 yards the wrong way with Rose Bowl fumble recovery.
- 02 Jan 1929 US and Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls.
- 03 Jan 1929 Bradman scores 112 vs. England at MCG - his 1st Test century
- 05 Jan 1929 Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia.
- 06 Jan 1929 Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia.
- 07 Jan 1929 Buck Rogers, first sci-fi comic strip, premieres.
- 08 Jan 1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in New York City
- 09 Jan 1929 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions
- 12 Jan 1929 Seatrain (railroad cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans, Louisiana to Havana, Cuba.
- 13 Jan 1929 Humanist Society established, in Hollywood, California.
- 14 Jan 1929 Afghan King Amanullah is forced to resign.
- 15 Jan 1929 '' Annales d'histoire économique et sociale'' begins publication in France.
- 17 Jan 1929 Popeye makes first appearance, in comic strip Thimble Theatre.
- 18 Jan 1929 NY Daily Mirror columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio
- 19 Jan 1929 Acadia National Park in Maine is established.
- 20 Jan 1929 In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
- 29 Jan 1929 Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms
- 31 Jan 1929 Erich Maria Remarques publishes Im West nieces Neues in Berlin
- 03 Feb 1929 Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 06 Feb 1929 Rudy Vallee recorded Deep Night
- 08 Feb 1929 KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
- 09 Feb 1929 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania sign Litvinov Pact
- 11 Feb 1929 Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
- 12 Feb 1929 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30).
- 13 Feb 1929 US Cruiser Act authorizes construction of 19 new cruisers and an aircraft carrier.
- 14 Feb 1929 Saint Valentine's Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
- 16 Feb 1929 KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
- 19 Feb 1929 Medical diathermy machine first used, in Schenectady, New York.
- 20 Feb 1929 American Samoa organized as a territory of US.
- 26 Feb 1929 President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
- 27 Feb 1929 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact.
- 28 Feb 1929 Chicago Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home.
- 02 Mar 1929 Chicago Black Hawks are shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game.
- 03 Mar 1929 A revolt by Generals José Gonzalo Escobar and Jesús María Aguirre fails in Mexico.
- 04 Mar 1929 Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st US President.
- 06 Mar 1929 Turkey and Bulgaria sign friendship treaty.
- 08 Mar 1929 US worker union commission reports of slavery in Liberia.
- 16 Mar 1929 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
- 17 Mar 1929 General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel.
- 22 Mar 1929 KIT-AM in Yakima WA begins radio transmissions
- 23 Mar 1929 First telephone installed in White House.
- 27 Mar 1929 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
- 28 Mar 1929 Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador.
- 01 Apr 1929 Morehouse College, Spelman College and Atlanta University affiliate to form Atlanta University Center.
- 03 Apr 1929 Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact.
- 04 Apr 1929 New Moon musical opens in London
- 05 Apr 1929 Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact.
- 06 Apr 1929 Huey P. Long Governor of Louisiana is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives.
- 11 Apr 1929 KLO-AM in Ogden UT begins radio transmissions
- 14 Apr 1929 he inaugural Monaco Grand Prix is won by William_Grover-Williams.
- 16 Apr 1929 Cleveland Indians' Earl Averill becomes first in American League to hit a homerun on first at bat.
- 19 Apr 1929 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6.
- 24 Apr 1929 Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark.
- 30 Apr 1929 Earnest Streeruwitz becomes chancellor of Austria.
- 01 May 1929 Farm workers' strike begins in East-Groningen.
- 03 May 1929 Prussia bans anti-fascists.
- 04 May 1929 Lou Gehrig hits three consecutive homeruns, New York Yankees 11, Detroit Tigers 9.
- 06 May 1929 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
- 07 May 1929 quotThe Battle Of Blood Alleyquot is fought in Sydney, Australia
- 08 May 1929 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, is incorporated into Norway.
- 09 May 1929 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
- 10 May 1929 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane.
- 11 May 1929 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
- 12 May 1929 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
- 14 May 1929 Wilfred Rhodes takes his 4000th first-class wicket during a performance of 9 for 39 at Leyton; he is the only player in history to have reached that plateau.
- 15 May 1929 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio, USA).
- 16 May 1929 1st Academy Awards - Wings, Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor wins
- 18 May 1929 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8.
- 19 May 1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, New York; two people crushed to death.
- 21 May 1929 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, New York City.
- 24 May 1929 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings.
- 28 May 1929 First all color talking picture On With the Show exhibited (in New York City).
- 31 May 1929 Atlantic City Convention Center opens
- 01 Jun 1929 The 1st Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires.
- 03 Jun 1929 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center (electric light)
- 04 Jun 1929 George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)
- 05 Jun 1929 Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
- 07 Jun 1929 Margaret Bondfield becomes 1st Dutch female Minister (of Labor)
- 08 Jun 1929 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8
- 09 Jun 1929 Venezuelan rebel Urbina lets Dutch / Curacaose hostages free
- 14 Jun 1929 Prussia and Vatican sign Concord
- 15 Jun 1929 First time New York curb stock exchange transacts more business than New York Exchange.
- 16 Jun 1929 Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)
- 21 Jun 1929 An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
- 22 Jun 1929 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader
- 25 Jun 1929 President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam in Colorado.
- 26 Jun 1929 ENKA / Vereinigte Glanzstoff Factory merge AKU (General Kunstzijde Union)
- 27 Jun 1929 1st color TV demo (NYC)
- 29 Jun 1929 Mexico and Vatican sign Concord
- 30 Jun 1929 33rd US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 294 at Winged Foot Country Club - New York
- 01 Jul 1929 US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates Popeye
- 03 Jul 1929 Dunlop Latex Development Laboratories made foam rubber
- 05 Jul 1929 42nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (61 62)
- 07 Jul 1929 Romania and Vatican sign concord
- 10 Jul 1929 US issues newer, smaller-sized paper currency
- 11 Jul 1929 In Russia, a secret decree of the Sovnarkom creates the backbone of the Gulag system.
- 15 Jul 1929 1st airport hotel opens - Oakland, California
- 17 Jul 1929 USSR drops diplomatic relations with China
- 20 Jul 1929 Soviet troops attempt to cross the Amur River into Manchuria near Blagoveschensk as tensions mount between the Soviet Union and the Republic of China.
- 23 Jul 1929 The Fascist government in Italy bans the use of foreign words.
- 24 Jul 1929 New York to San Francisco footrace ends (2.5 months) winner is 60-year-old Monteverde.
- 25 Jul 1929 Pope Pius XI emerges from the Vatican and enters St. Peter's square in a huge procession witnessed by about 250,000 persons, thus ending nearly 60 years of papal self-imprisonment within the Vatican.
- 27 Jul 1929 Dike of Wieringermeerpolder finished
- 28 Jul 1929 Chicago Cardinals become first NFL team to train out of state (Michigan).
- 29 Jul 1929 Belgium Maurice Dewaele wins Tour de France
- 31 Jul 1929 Aristide Briand becomes Premier of France
- 02 Aug 1929 Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR
- 04 Aug 1929 Indians, in 9th with 2 outs score 9 to beat Yanks 14-6
- 07 Aug 1929 Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms Dutch government
- 08 Aug 1929 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward begins
- 10 Aug 1929 Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd and last NL win
- 11 Aug 1929 Persia and Iraq sign friendship treaty
- 14 Aug 1929 Jewish Agency for Palestine forms
- 16 Aug 1929 The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed.
- 20 Aug 1929 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
- 21 Aug 1929 Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town
- 23 Aug 1929 Arabs attack Jews in Israel
- 24 Aug 1929 43rd US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe H Watson (64 62)
- 25 Aug 1929 Graf Zeppelin passes over SF for LA after trans-Pacific voyage
- 26 Aug 1929 1st US roller coaster built
- 28 Aug 1929 Frank Woolley scores his 100th first-class hundred
- 29 Aug 1929 German airship Graf Zeppelin arrives back at Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA, completing a round-the-world flight.
- 31 Aug 1929 The Young Plan, which set the total World War I reparations owed by Germany at US$26,350,000,000 to be paid over a period of 58½ years, is finalized.
- 02 Sep 1929 Unilever forms by merger of Margarine Union and Lever Bros
- 03 Sep 1929 Dow Jones hits a record peak of 381.17
- 05 Sep 1929 French Premier A Briand requests a US of Europe
- 07 Sep 1929 Steamer Kuru capsizes and sinks on Lake Nasijarvi near Tampere in Finland. 136 lives are lost.
- 11 Sep 1929 San Francisco Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system
- 14 Sep 1929 49th US Mens Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Francis Hunter (36 63 46 62 64)
- 16 Sep 1929 Police shoots at strikers at Maastricht, 2 killed
- 17 Sep 1929 British troops begin evacuating
- 18 Sep 1929 Pirates loss to Braves and clinch NL pennant for the Cubs
- 19 Sep 1929 Latvia Dictator A Woldemaras chased out
- 21 Sep 1929 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling and 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton
- 24 Sep 1929 Lt James H Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in New York in 1st all-instrument flight
- 25 Sep 1929 Queen-mother Emma opens Antonie van Leeuwenhoek House in Amsterdam
- 26 Sep 1929 John Schrober becomes chancellor of Austria
- 28 Sep 1929 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess - University of Alberta)
- 03 Oct 1929 British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR
- 06 Oct 1929 12th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Hillcrest Country Club - Los Angeles
- 07 Oct 1929 Ramsay MacDonald is the first British premier to address the U.S. Congress.
- 08 Oct 1929 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan / drives out H Ghazi
- 11 Oct 1929 JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
- 14 Oct 1929 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago Cubs, four games to one in 26th World Series. Philadelphia Athletics set World Series record of ten runs in an inning.
- 18 Oct 1929 Women are considered ''Persons'' under Canadian law.
- 20 Oct 1929 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
- 22 Oct 1929 French government of Briand falls
- 23 Oct 1929 The first North American transcontinental air service begins between New York City and Los Angeles, California.
- 24 Oct 1929 Black Thursday, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
- 25 Oct 1929 Former US Interior Secretary Albert Fall is convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe.
- 28 Oct 1929 Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
- 29 Oct 1929 Black Tuesday Stock Market crashes trigger the Great Depression
- 30 Oct 1929 The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Stuttgart, Germany.
- 01 Nov 1929 Lundy, part of British Isles, issue their own stamps
- 07 Nov 1929 Museum of Modern Art opens (NYC)
- 08 Nov 1929 New York City Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building
- 17 Nov 1929 Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected President of Mexico
- 18 Nov 1929 Dr Vladimir K Zworykin demonstrates kinescope
- 20 Nov 1929 1st broadcast of Goldbergs on US radio
- 25 Nov 1929 Belgium government Jaspar falls
- 28 Nov 1929 Adm Richard E Byrd makes 1st South Pole flight
- 29 Nov 1929 Lieutenant Commander Richard E Byrd sends My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole (He was wrong)
- 30 Nov 1929 17th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 14-3
- 01 Dec 1929 Game of BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe.
- 03 Dec 1929 Boston Bruins begins then NHL record 14 game winning streak
- 05 Dec 1929 First US nudist organization (American League for Physical Culture, New York City, New York).
- 06 Dec 1929 Turkey introduces female suffrage.
- 07 Dec 1929 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament.
- 14 Dec 1929 Alexander Zaimis elected President of Greece.
- 15 Dec 1929 Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro
- 16 Dec 1929 Chicago Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
- 20 Dec 1929 Mount Davidson dedicated as a SF city park
- 21 Dec 1929 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
- 24 Dec 1929 Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipolito Yrigoyen.
- 28 Dec 1929 quotBlack Saturdayquot in Samoa: New Zealand colonial police kill 11 unarmed demonstrators, an event which leads the Mau movement to demand independence for Samoa.ref name=quotMeleisea, Malama 1987, pp.137-8quotMeleisea, Malama, ''Lagaga: A Short History of Western Samoa'', 1987, ISBN 982-02-0029-6, pp.137–8
- 29 Dec 1929 The All India Congress in Lahore demands Indian independence.
- 30 Dec 1929 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates
- 31 Dec 1929 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri