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This Day In History: April 29
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1289- Egyptian Sultan Qala’un captures Tripoli.
1429- Joan of Arc brings Orleans, France a victory against Britain.
1813- J.F. Hummel patents rubber.
1852- The first Peter Roget’s Thesaurus is published.
1861- During the Civil War, the Union army captures New Orleans.
1879- Electric lights are used for the first time in Cleveland, Ohio.
1913- Gideon Sundback patents the zipper.
1945 – The German Army surrenders to the Allies, unconditionally, in Italy.
1945- The Dachau concentration camp in Southern Germany is liberated.
1955- Jerry Seinfeld is born.
1961- ABC’s premieres its television program “Wide World of Sports.”
1974- President Nixon releases the edited transcripts of his secret tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
1990- The destruction of the Berlin Wall begins.
1997- Cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev and astronaut Jerry Linenger go on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
2015- The White Sox and Baltimore Orioles play a baseball game with no audience due to ongoing Baltimore protests. This was the first time in Major League Baseball history that a game was played in front of an empty house.
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