1929: On This Year


1929 (MCMXXIX in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1929th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1929 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1929 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1929, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1929, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1929, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1929, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1929.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1929 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1929 known for ?

  • 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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1929: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1929, during the 2nd Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 03/04/1930 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1929:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1929?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to The Broadway Melody, directed by Harry Beaumont, starring Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1929?

The Divine Lady
The Oscar for Best Director went to Frank Lloyd, for the movie The Divine Lady , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1929?

In Old Arizona
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Warner Baxter, for the movie In Old Arizona, starring Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess, Henry Armetta produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1929?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Mary Pickford, for the movie Coquette, starring Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1929?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to , for the movie , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1929?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to , for the movie , starring produced in the .
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1929: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Owen D. Young
In 1929, Owen D. Young was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Young chaired a committee which authored 1929's Young Plan, a program for settlement of German reparations after World War I.
Snake chinese zodiac sign

1929: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1929?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1929 was the Year of the Snake.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Snake sign.

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1929: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1929: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ?

In 1929 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to:
  • Christiaan Eijkman
world population

1929: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1929 were Robert, James and John for boys and Mary, Betty and Dorothy for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1929: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1929 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Robert
  • James
  • John
  • William
  • Charles
  • Richard
  • Donald
  • George
  • Joseph
  • Edward

1929: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1929 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Mary
  • Betty
  • Dorothy
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Doris
  • Barbara
  • Ruth
  • Shirley
  • Patricia

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1929: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1929, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was More Than You Know by Ruth Etting

1929: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1929 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. More Than You Know by Ruth Etting

1929: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1929 were:

Diary of a Lost Girl

Release year: 1929

Directed by: Georg Wilhelm Pabst

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

Country: United States of America

Un Chien Andalou

Release year: 1929

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Navy Blues

Release year: 1929

Directed by: Clarence Brown

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

The Iron Mask

Release year: 1929

Directed by: Allan Dwan

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

Country: United States of America


Release year: 1929

Directed by: Joe May

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

Country: United States of America


What happened in 1929?

Here's what happened in 1929:

  • Jan 1, 1929: Roy Riegels runs 60 yards the wrong way with Rose Bowl fumble recovery.
  • Jan 2, 1929: US and Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls.
  • Jan 3, 1929: Bradman scores 112 vs. England at MCG - his 1st Test century
  • Jan 5, 1929: Coup by King Alexander in South Slavia.
  • Jan 6, 1929: Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia.
  • Jan 7, 1929: Buck Rogers, first sci-fi comic strip, premieres.
  • Jan 8, 1929: CBS radio network buys WABC in New York City
  • Jan 9, 1929: KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA begins radio transmissions
  • Jan 12, 1929: Seatrain (railroad cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans, Louisiana to Havana, Cuba.
  • Jan 13, 1929: Humanist Society established, in Hollywood, California.
  • Jan 14, 1929: Afghan King Amanullah is forced to resign.
  • Jan 15, 1929: '' Annales d'histoire économique et sociale'' begins publication in France.
  • Jan 17, 1929: Popeye makes first appearance, in comic strip Thimble Theatre.
  • Jan 18, 1929: NY Daily Mirror columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio
  • Jan 19, 1929: Acadia National Park in Maine is established.
  • Jan 20, 1929: In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, is released.
  • Jan 29, 1929: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms
  • Jan 31, 1929: Erich Maria Remarques publishes Im West nieces Neues in Berlin
  • Feb 3, 1929: Revolutionary Socialist Party forms in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Feb 6, 1929: Rudy Vallee recorded Deep Night
  • Feb 8, 1929: KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 9, 1929: USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania sign Litvinov Pact
  • Feb 11, 1929: The Kingdom of Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • Feb 12, 1929: Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30).
  • Feb 13, 1929: US Cruiser Act authorizes construction of 19 new cruisers and an aircraft carrier.
  • Feb 14, 1929: Saint Valentine's Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Feb 16, 1929: KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
  • Feb 19, 1929: Medical diathermy machine first used, in Schenectady, New York.
  • Feb 20, 1929: American Samoa organized as a territory of US.
  • Feb 26, 1929: President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
  • Feb 27, 1929: Turkey signs Litvinov-pact.
  • Feb 28, 1929: Chicago Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home.
  • Mar 2, 1929: Chicago Black Hawks are shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game.
  • Mar 3, 1929: A revolt by Generals José Gonzalo Escobar and Jesús María Aguirre fails in Mexico.
  • Mar 4, 1929: Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st US President.
  • Mar 6, 1929: Turkey and Bulgaria sign friendship treaty.
  • Mar 8, 1929: US worker union commission reports of slavery in Liberia.
  • Mar 16, 1929: WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 17, 1929: General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel.
  • Mar 22, 1929: KIT-AM in Yakima WA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 23, 1929: First telephone installed in White House.
  • Mar 27, 1929: US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 28, 1929: Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador.
  • Apr 1, 1929: Morehouse College, Spelman College and Atlanta University affiliate to form Atlanta University Center.
  • Apr 3, 1929: Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact.
  • Apr 4, 1929: New Moon musical opens in London
  • Apr 5, 1929: Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact.
  • Apr 6, 1929: Huey P. Long, Governor of Louisiana, is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives.
  • Apr 11, 1929: KLO-AM in Ogden UT begins radio transmissions
  • Apr 14, 1929: he inaugural Monaco Grand Prix is won by William_Grover-Williams.
  • Apr 16, 1929: Cleveland Indians' Earl Averill becomes first in American League to hit a homerun on first at bat.
  • Apr 19, 1929: 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6.
  • Apr 24, 1929: Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark.
  • Apr 30, 1929: Earnest Streeruwitz becomes chancellor of Austria.
  • May 1, 1929: Farm workers' strike begins in East-Groningen.
  • May 3, 1929: Prussia bans anti-fascists.
  • May 4, 1929: Lou Gehrig hits three consecutive homeruns, New York Yankees 11, Detroit Tigers 9.
  • May 6, 1929: AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • May 7, 1929: quotThe Battle Of Blood Alleyquot is fought in Sydney, Australia
  • May 8, 1929: Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, is incorporated into Norway.
  • May 9, 1929: WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • May 10, 1929: 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane.
  • May 11, 1929: Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • May 12, 1929: Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin
  • May 14, 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.
  • May 15, 1929: Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio, USA).
  • May 16, 1929: 1st Academy Awards - Wings, Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor wins
  • May 18, 1929: 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8.
  • May 19, 1929: Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, New York; two people crushed to death.
  • May 21, 1929: Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, New York City.
  • May 24, 1929: Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings.
  • May 28, 1929: First all color talking picture On With the Show exhibited (in New York City).
  • May 31, 1929: Atlantic City Convention Center opens
  • Jun 1, 1929: The 1st Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires.
  • Jun 3, 1929: 1st trade show at Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Jun 4, 1929: George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie
  • Jun 5, 1929: Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
  • Jun 7, 1929: Margaret Bondfield becomes 1st Dutch female Minister (of Labor)
  • Jun 8, 1929: 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 9, 1929: Venezuelan rebel Urbina lets Dutch / Curacaose hostages free
  • Jun 14, 1929: Prussia and Vatican sign Concord
  • Jun 15, 1929: First time New York curb stock exchange transacts more business than New York Exchange.
  • Jun 16, 1929: Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk
  • Jun 21, 1929: An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
  • Jun 22, 1929: Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader
  • Jun 25, 1929: President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam in Colorado.
  • Jun 26, 1929: ENKA / Vereinigte Glanzstoff Factory merge AKU
  • Jun 27, 1929: 1st color TV demo
  • Jun 29, 1929: Mexico and Vatican sign Concord
  • Jun 30, 1929: 33rd US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 294 at Winged Foot Country Club - New York
  • Jul 1, 1929: US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates Popeye
  • Jul 3, 1929: Dunlop Latex Development Laboratories made foam rubber
  • Jul 5, 1929: 42nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs
  • Jul 7, 1929: Romania and Vatican sign concord
  • Jul 10, 1929: US issues newer, smaller-sized paper currency
  • Jul 11, 1929: In Russia, a secret decree of the Sovnarkom creates the backbone of the Gulag system.
  • Jul 15, 1929: 1st airport hotel opens - Oakland, California
  • Jul 17, 1929: USSR drops diplomatic relations with China
  • Jul 20, 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.
  • Jul 23, 1929: The Fascist government in Italy bans the use of foreign words.
  • Jul 24, 1929: New York to San Francisco footrace ends (2.5 months) winner is 60-year-old Monteverde.
  • Jul 25, 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.
  • Jul 27, 1929: Dike of Wieringermeerpolder finished
  • Jul 28, 1929: Chicago Cardinals become first NFL team to train out of state (Michigan).
  • Jul 29, 1929: Belgium Maurice Dewaele wins Tour de France
  • Jul 31, 1929: Aristide Briand becomes Premier of France
  • Aug 2, 1929: Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR
  • Aug 4, 1929: Indians, in 9th with 2 outs score 9 to beat Yanks 14-6
  • Aug 7, 1929: Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms Dutch government
  • Aug 8, 1929: 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward begins
  • Aug 10, 1929: Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd and last NL win
  • Aug 11, 1929: Persia and Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Aug 14, 1929: Jewish Agency for Palestine forms
  • Aug 16, 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.
  • Aug 20, 1929: 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed
  • Aug 21, 1929: Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town
  • Aug 23, 1929: Arabs attack Jews in Israel
  • Aug 24, 1929: 43rd US Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe H Watson
  • Aug 25, 1929: Graf Zeppelin passes over SF for LA after trans-Pacific voyage
  • Aug 26, 1929: 1st US roller coaster built
  • Aug 28, 1929: Frank Woolley scores his 100th first-class hundred
  • Aug 29, 1929: German airship Graf Zeppelin arrives back at Lakehurst, New Jersey, USA, completing a round-the-world flight.
  • Aug 31, 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.
  • Sep 2, 1929: Unilever forms by merger of Margarine Union and Lever Bros
  • Sep 3, 1929: Dow Jones hits a record peak of 381.17
  • Sep 5, 1929: French Premier A Briand requests a US of Europe
  • Sep 7, 1929: Steamer capsizes and sinks on Lake Näsijärvi near Tampere in Finland. One hundred thirty-six lives are lost.
  • Sep 11, 1929: San Francisco Mayor Rolph inaugurates new pedestrian traffic light system
  • Sep 14, 1929: 49th US Mens Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Francis Hunter
  • Sep 16, 1929: Police shoots at strikers at Maastricht, 2 killed
  • Sep 17, 1929: British troops begin evacuating
  • Sep 18, 1929: Pirates loss to Braves and clinch NL pennant for the Cubs
  • Sep 19, 1929: Latvia Dictator A Woldemaras chased out
  • Sep 21, 1929: 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling and 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton
  • Sep 24, 1929: Lt James H Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in New York in 1st all-instrument flight
  • Sep 25, 1929: Queen-mother Emma opens Antonie van Leeuwenhoek House in Amsterdam
  • Sep 26, 1929: John Schrober becomes chancellor of Austria
  • Sep 28, 1929: 1st CF interception return for a touchdown
  • Oct 3, 1929: British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR
  • Oct 6, 1929: 12th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Hillcrest Country Club - Los Angeles
  • Oct 7, 1929: Ramsay MacDonald is the first British premier to address the U.S. Congress.
  • Oct 8, 1929: Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan / drives out H Ghazi
  • Oct 11, 1929: JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
  • Oct 14, 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.
  • Oct 18, 1929: Women are considered ''Persons'' under Canadian law.
  • Oct 20, 1929: Bayshore Highway opens
  • Oct 22, 1929: French government of Briand falls
  • Oct 23, 1929: The first North American transcontinental air service begins between New York City and Los Angeles, California.
  • Oct 24, 1929: Black Thursday, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
  • Oct 25, 1929: Former US Interior Secretary Albert Fall is convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe.
  • Oct 28, 1929: Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
  • Oct 29, 1929: Black Tuesday Stock Market crashes trigger the Great Depression
  • Oct 30, 1929: The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Nov 1, 1929: Lundy, part of British Isles, issue their own stamps
  • Nov 7, 1929: Museum of Modern Art opens
  • Nov 8, 1929: New York City Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building
  • Nov 17, 1929: Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected President of Mexico
  • Nov 18, 1929: Dr Vladimir K Zworykin demonstrates kinescope
  • Nov 20, 1929: 1st broadcast of Goldbergs on US radio
  • Nov 25, 1929: Belgium government Jaspar falls
  • Nov 28, 1929: Adm Richard E Byrd makes 1st South Pole flight
  • Nov 29, 1929: Lieutenant Commander Richard E Byrd sends My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole (He was wrong)
  • Nov 30, 1929: 17th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 14-3
  • Dec 1, 1929: Game of BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe.
  • Dec 3, 1929: Boston Bruins begins then NHL record 14 game winning streak
  • Dec 5, 1929: First US nudist organization (American League for Physical Culture, New York City, New York).
  • Dec 6, 1929: Turkey introduces female suffrage.
  • Dec 7, 1929: Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament.
  • Dec 14, 1929: Alexander Zaimis elected President of Greece.
  • Dec 15, 1929: Walter Mittelholzer flies as 1st about the Kilimanjaro
  • Dec 16, 1929: Chicago Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
  • Dec 20, 1929: Mount Davidson dedicated as a SF city park
  • Dec 21, 1929: 1st group hospital insurance plan offered
  • Dec 24, 1929: Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipolito Yrigoyen.
  • Dec 28, 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
  • Dec 29, 1929: The All India Congress in Lahore demands Indian independence.
  • Dec 30, 1929: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates
  • Dec 31, 1929: Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini illius magistri
  • Feb 9, 1929: Members of the Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng assassinate the labor recruiter Bazin, prompting a crackdown by French colonial authorities.


What does the year 1929 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1929 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 30th year of the 20th century and the 9th year of the 1920s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1928 and precedes 1930.

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