1929

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.

1929

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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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Diary of a Lost Girl

Diary of a Lost Girl

Directed by: Georg Wilhelm Pabst

Starring: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne

Country: United States of America

Navy Blues

Navy Blues

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Starring: William Haines, Anita Page, Karl Dane, J.C. Nugent

The Iron Mask

The Iron Mask

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Starring: Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis

Country: United States of America

Asphalt

Asphalt

Directed by: Joe May

Starring: Albert Steinrück, Else Heller, Gustav Fröhlich, Betty Amann

Country: United States of America

Arsenal

Arsenal

Directed by: Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Starring: Semyon Svashenko, Georgi Khorkov, Amvrosi Buchma, Dmitri Erdman

Country: United States of America

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1929?


Top #1 songs in the USA

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1929 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Robert
  2. James
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Charles
  6. Richard
  7. Donald
  8. George
  9. Joseph
  10. Edward
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Betty
  3. Dorothy
  4. Helen
  5. Margaret
  6. Doris
  7. Barbara
  8. Ruth
  9. Shirley
  10. Patricia
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1929?


Events

  • 01 Jan Roy Riegels runs 60 yards the wrong way with Rose Bowl fumble recovery.
  • 02 Jan US and Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls.
  • 03 Jan Bradman scores 112 vs. England at MCG - his 1st Test century
  • 05 Jan Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia.
  • 06 Jan Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia.
  • 07 Jan Buck Rogers, first sci-fi comic strip, premieres.
  • 08 Jan CBS radio network buys WABC in New York City
  • 09 Jan KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions
  • 12 Jan Seatrain (railroad cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans, Louisiana to Havana, Cuba.
  • 13 Jan Humanist Society established, in Hollywood, California.
  • 14 Jan Afghan King Amanullah is forced to resign.
  • 15 Jan '' Annales d'histoire économique et sociale'' begins publication in France.
  • 17 Jan Popeye makes first appearance, in comic strip Thimble Theatre.
  • 18 Jan NY Daily Mirror columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio
  • 19 Jan Acadia National Park in Maine is established.
  • 20 Jan In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
  • 29 Jan Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms
  • 31 Jan Erich Maria Remarques publishes Im West nieces Neues in Berlin
  • 03 Feb Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 06 Feb Rudy Vallee recorded Deep Night
  • 08 Feb KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • 09 Feb USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania sign Litvinov Pact
  • 11 Feb Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • 12 Feb Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30).
  • 13 Feb US Cruiser Act authorizes construction of 19 new cruisers and an aircraft carrier.
  • 14 Feb Saint Valentine's Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 16 Feb KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • 19 Feb Medical diathermy machine first used, in Schenectady, New York.
  • 20 Feb American Samoa organized as a territory of US.
  • 26 Feb President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
  • 27 Feb Turkey signs Litvinov-pact.
  • 28 Feb Chicago Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home.
  • 02 Mar Chicago Black Hawks are shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game.
  • 03 Mar A revolt by Generals José Gonzalo Escobar and Jesús María Aguirre fails in Mexico.
  • 04 Mar Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st US President.
  • 06 Mar Turkey and Bulgaria sign friendship treaty.
  • 08 Mar US worker union commission reports of slavery in Liberia.
  • 16 Mar WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • 17 Mar General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel.
  • 22 Mar KIT-AM in Yakima WA begins radio transmissions
  • 23 Mar First telephone installed in White House.
  • 27 Mar US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 28 Mar Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador.
  • 01 Apr Morehouse College, Spelman College and Atlanta University affiliate to form Atlanta University Center.
  • 03 Apr Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact.
  • 04 Apr New Moon musical opens in London
  • 05 Apr Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact.
  • 06 Apr Huey P. Long Governor of Louisiana is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives.
  • 11 Apr KLO-AM in Ogden UT begins radio transmissions
  • 14 Apr he inaugural Monaco Grand Prix is won by William_Grover-Williams.
  • 16 Apr Cleveland Indians' Earl Averill becomes first in American League to hit a homerun on first at bat.
  • 19 Apr 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6.
  • 24 Apr Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark.
  • 30 Apr Earnest Streeruwitz becomes chancellor of Austria.
  • 01 May Farm workers' strike begins in East-Groningen.
  • 03 May Prussia bans anti-fascists.
  • 04 May Lou Gehrig hits three consecutive homeruns, New York Yankees 11, Detroit Tigers 9.
  • 06 May AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • 07 May quotThe Battle Of Blood Alleyquot is fought in Sydney, Australia
  • 08 May Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, is incorporated into Norway.
  • 09 May WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • 10 May 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane.
  • 11 May Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • 12 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • 14 May 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 Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio, USA).
  • 16 May 1st Academy Awards - Wings, Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor wins
  • 18 May 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8.
  • 19 May Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, New York; two people crushed to death.
  • 21 May Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, New York City.
  • 24 May Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings.
  • 28 May First all color talking picture On With the Show exhibited (in New York City).
  • 31 May Atlantic City Convention Center opens
  • 01 Jun The 1st Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires.
  • 03 Jun 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center (electric light)
  • 04 Jun George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)
  • 05 Jun Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
  • 07 Jun Margaret Bondfield becomes 1st Dutch female Minister (of Labor)
  • 08 Jun 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8
  • 09 Jun Venezuelan rebel Urbina lets Dutch / Curacaose hostages free
  • 14 Jun Prussia and Vatican sign Concord
  • 15 Jun First time New York curb stock exchange transacts more business than New York Exchange.
  • 16 Jun Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)
  • 21 Jun An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
  • 22 Jun Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader
  • 25 Jun President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam in Colorado.
  • 26 Jun ENKA / Vereinigte Glanzstoff Factory merge AKU (General Kunstzijde Union)
  • 27 Jun 1st color TV demo (NYC)
  • 29 Jun Mexico and Vatican sign Concord
  • 30 Jun 33rd US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 294 at Winged Foot Country Club - New York
  • 01 Jul US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates Popeye
  • 03 Jul Dunlop Latex Development Laboratories made foam rubber
  • 05 Jul 42nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (61 62)
  • 07 Jul Romania and Vatican sign concord
  • 10 Jul US issues newer, smaller-sized paper currency
  • 11 Jul In Russia, a secret decree of the Sovnarkom creates the backbone of the Gulag system.
  • 15 Jul 1st airport hotel opens - Oakland, California
  • 17 Jul USSR drops diplomatic relations with China
  • 20 Jul 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 The Fascist government in Italy bans the use of foreign words.
  • 24 Jul New York to San Francisco footrace ends (2.5 months) winner is 60-year-old Monteverde.
  • 25 Jul 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 Dike of Wieringermeerpolder finished
  • 28 Jul Chicago Cardinals become first NFL team to train out of state (Michigan).
  • 29 Jul Belgium Maurice Dewaele wins Tour de France
  • 31 Jul Aristide Briand becomes Premier of France
  • 02 Aug Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR
  • 04 Aug Indians, in 9th with 2 outs score 9 to beat Yanks 14-6
  • 07 Aug Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms Dutch government
  • 08 Aug 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward begins
  • 10 Aug Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd and last NL win
  • 11 Aug Persia and Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • 14 Aug Jewish Agency for Palestine forms
  • 16 Aug 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 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
  • 21 Aug Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town
  • 23 Aug Arabs attack Jews in Israel
  • 24 Aug 43rd US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe H Watson (64 62)
  • 25 Aug Graf Zeppelin passes over SF for LA after trans-Pacific voyage
  • 26 Aug 1st US roller coaster built
  • 28 Aug Frank Woolley scores his 100th first-class hundred
  • 29 Aug German airship Graf Zeppelin arrives back at Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA, completing a round-the-world flight.
  • 31 Aug 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 Unilever forms by merger of Margarine Union and Lever Bros
  • 03 Sep Dow Jones hits a record peak of 381.17
  • 05 Sep French Premier A Briand requests a US of Europe
  • 07 Sep Steamer Kuru capsizes and sinks on Lake Nasijarvi near Tampere in Finland. 136 lives are lost.
  • 11 Sep San Francisco Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system
  • 14 Sep 49th US Mens Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Francis Hunter (36 63 46 62 64)
  • 16 Sep Police shoots at strikers at Maastricht, 2 killed
  • 17 Sep British troops begin evacuating
  • 18 Sep Pirates loss to Braves and clinch NL pennant for the Cubs
  • 19 Sep Latvia Dictator A Woldemaras chased out
  • 21 Sep 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling and 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton
  • 24 Sep Lt James H Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in New York in 1st all-instrument flight
  • 25 Sep Queen-mother Emma opens Antonie van Leeuwenhoek House in Amsterdam
  • 26 Sep John Schrober becomes chancellor of Austria
  • 28 Sep 1st CF interception return for a touchdown (Joe Hess - University of Alberta)
  • 03 Oct British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR
  • 06 Oct 12th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Hillcrest Country Club - Los Angeles
  • 07 Oct Ramsay MacDonald is the first British premier to address the U.S. Congress.
  • 08 Oct Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan / drives out H Ghazi
  • 11 Oct JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
  • 14 Oct 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 Women are considered ''Persons'' under Canadian law.
  • 20 Oct Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
  • 22 Oct French government of Briand falls
  • 23 Oct The first North American transcontinental air service begins between New York City and Los Angeles, California.
  • 24 Oct Black Thursday, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
  • 25 Oct Former US Interior Secretary Albert Fall is convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe.
  • 28 Oct Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
  • 29 Oct Black Tuesday Stock Market crashes trigger the Great Depression
  • 30 Oct The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 01 Nov Lundy, part of British Isles, issue their own stamps
  • 07 Nov Museum of Modern Art opens (NYC)
  • 08 Nov New York City Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building
  • 17 Nov Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected President of Mexico
  • 18 Nov Dr Vladimir K Zworykin demonstrates kinescope
  • 20 Nov 1st broadcast of Goldbergs on US radio
  • 25 Nov Belgium government Jaspar falls
  • 28 Nov Adm Richard E Byrd makes 1st South Pole flight
  • 29 Nov Lieutenant Commander Richard E Byrd sends My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole (He was wrong)
  • 30 Nov 17th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 14-3
  • 01 Dec Game of BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe.
  • 03 Dec Boston Bruins begins then NHL record 14 game winning streak
  • 05 Dec First US nudist organization (American League for Physical Culture, New York City, New York).
  • 06 Dec Turkey introduces female suffrage.
  • 07 Dec Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament.
  • 14 Dec Alexander Zaimis elected President of Greece.
  • 15 Dec Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro
  • 16 Dec Chicago Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
  • 20 Dec Mount Davidson dedicated as a SF city park
  • 21 Dec 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
  • 24 Dec Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipolito Yrigoyen.
  • 28 Dec 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 The All India Congress in Lahore demands Indian independence.
  • 30 Dec Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates
  • 31 Dec Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri