29 November

November 29 is the 333rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 32 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about November 29th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 29th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Square Dance Day
  • Electronic Greeting Card Day
  • International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – November 29

1972: Atari Releases Pong

One of the very first arcade games to hit the market, Pong was a 1 or 2 player video game similar to tennis, where the goal is to use a paddle to hit a ball. Around 35000 Pong consoles were sold around the world.

1951: Silent Coup in Thailand

The Thai military took over the country’s governance and reinstated the 1932 Constitution.

1929: First flight over the South Pole

American explorer Richard Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole. The flight took just over 18 hours. 3 years ago, Byrd flew over the North Pole, though there is some debate whether he actually accomplished the feat.

1899: FC Barcelona founded

The popular football (soccer) club was founded by footballer Hans Gamper. Informally known as Barça, the club is thought to be one of the top 5 richest football clubs in the world. The club has won 4 European Cups (1978-79, 1981-82, 1988-89, 1996-97) and is a 5 time Champions League winner (1991-92, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15).

1777: City of San Jose Founded

The first city to be settled in California, San Jose was founded as San José de Guadalupe. Before the Spanish settled in the city, the area was inhabitated by the Ohlone people. San Jose was the first capital of the state of California, which was established in 1850.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, November 29

1969: Mariano Rivera, Panamanian baseball player

1964: Don Cheadle, American actor, producer

1932: Jacques Chirac, French politician, 22nd President of France

1898: C. S. Lewis, Irish author, poet

1835: Empress Dowager Cixi, of China

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, November 29

2001: George Harrison, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

1975: Graham Hill, English race car driver

1780: Maria Theresa, Austrian wife of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor

1682: Prince Rupert of the Rhine

1632: Frederick V, Elector Palatine, Bohemian king

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