Today in History for 29th April 2022


Historical Events

1943 – German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer arrested by the Gestapo
1945 – Japanese army evacuates Rangoon, British Burma
1965 – Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
1981 – NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints
1990 – Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate
1992 – William Finn and James Lapine’s musical “Falsettos” opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1660 – Matthias Henriksen Schacht, Danish scholar and composer, born in Visby, Gotland, Sweden (d. 1700)
1727 – Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d’action), born in Paris (d. 1810)
1771 – Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1820)
1938 – Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, American fraudster and financier who committed the largest fraud in US history, born in Queens, New York (d. 2021)
1944 – Richard Kline, American actor and director, born in New York City
1986 – Renee Alway, American Model and felon, born in Micigan

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Famous Deaths

1935 – Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter (“How Long, How Long Blues”), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30
1937 – Wallace Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), commits suicide at 41
1945 – Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, German SS officer (b. 1893)
1951 – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria English philosopher (Philosophical Investigations), dies at 62
2007 – Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), dies of heart failure at 85
2008 – Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist (first synthesised LSD), dies at 102

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