On This Day In History, 29 April

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World Events Today

  • The Dachau Nazi concentration camp, was liberated by United States forces today in 1945
  • The Los Angeles riots, which lasted almost a week, kicked off today in 1992 after a jury acquitted Los Angeles Police Department officers, for the usage of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King
  • It was announced today in 1993 that Buckingham Palace, will open in the summer to the general public for the first time

Entertainment Events Today

  • The hit single Respect by Aretha Franklin, “The Queen of Soul”, was released today in 1967
  • The rock musical Rent, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, premiered on Broadway today in 1996, it ran for more than 12 years
  • The British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses won a Bafta for Best Comedy Series today in 1997, David Jason also picked up the Best Comedy Performance award for his role in the show

Family Events Today

  • Hirohito, the longest reigning emperor of Japan, from 1926 to 1989, was born today in 1901
  • The English historian and author Sir Ian Kershaw, regarded by many as one of the world’s leading experts on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, was born today in 1943 in Lancashire
  • The American comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld, famous for the semi-fictionalized portrayal of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, was born today in 1954 in New York

Main Event Today

  • Operation Frequent Wind, the final phase of the evacuation of American civilians and “at-risk” Vietnamese from Saigon, started today in 1975, more than 7,000 people were evacuated by helicopter from various locations in Saigon

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Shrimp Scampi Day

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