On This Day In History, 29 October

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World Events Today

  • The body of Jerzy Popiełuszko was found today in 1984, the Roman Catholic priest associated with the Solidarity movement in Poland, had been kidnapped 11 days before and beaten to death by 3 Security Police Officers
  • The British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, officially opened the M25 around Greater London today in 1986, at the time it was the longest ring road in Europe
  • The Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno occurred today in 2002, 60 lives were lost in the fire, one of the deadliest peacetime disasters in the country

Entertainment Events Today

  • The opera Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague today in 1787
  • The comic strip Gaulish warrior Asterix first appeared today in 1959, it was in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote
  • The American boxer Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, made his professional debut today in 1960, he won a 6-round decision over fellow countryman Tunney Hunsaker

Family Events Today

  • The American actor Richard Dreyfuss, who starred in many movies, including Jaws and Stakeout, was born today in 1947 in New York
  • Winona Laura Horowitz, better known as the American actress Winona Ryder, who starred in many movies, including Beetlejuice, was born today in 1971 in Minnesota
  • James Wilson Vincent Savile, better known as the disgraced English television and radio personality Jimmy Saville, died today in 2011 aged 84

Main Event Today

  • Lindy Chamberlain was convicted to life imprisonment today in 1982, it was for the murder of her daughter who she claimed was taken by a dingo, in 1988, after finding clothing of the daughter near numerous dingo lairs, she was acquitted

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Hermit Day

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