On This Day In History, 29 September

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World Events Today

  • The massacre at Babi Yar in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, which lasted 2 days, started today in 1941, Nazi German forces murdered over 30,000 Jews
  • MS Estonia, a cruise ferry, sank in the Baltic Sea today in 1994, over 850 people lost their lives in what was one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century
  • Three months after being released in Japan, the Nintendo 64 was officially released in the United States today in 1996

Entertainment Events Today

  • The musical My Fair Lady closed on Broadway today in 1962, the original cast included Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, the show ran for 2,717 performances
  • The American soul singer Jackie Wilson suffered a massive heart attack today in 1975, he went into a coma and never completely recovered, he died in January 1984
  • Life thru a Lens, the debut solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, was released today in 1997, it included the hit single Angels

Family Events Today

  • The British Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was fatally wounded during his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, was born today in 1758
  • Lech Wałęsa, who led the Solidarity movement in Poland and served as the first democratically elected President of Poland from 1990 to 1995, was born today in 1943 in Gdansk
  • The twins Matt and Luke Goss, who made up the 1980s British pop group Bros, were born today in 1968 in London

Main Event Today

  • CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, formed today in 1954

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Biscotti Day

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