What Happened On This Day – 29. April
1997 The Chemical Weapons Convention becomes effective
The arms control treaty prohibits the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons. It has so far been ratified by some 190 countries.
1992 Deadly riots erupt in Los Angeles
53 people died in the riots, which started after the acquittal of the 4 Los Angeles police officers accused of the brutal beating of Rodney King.
1975 Hubert van Es takes the famous picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop
The image shows South Vietnamese civilians employed by the U.S. trying to escape Saigon on the day before the city's fall. It came to symbolize the American defeat in Vietnam.
1968 The musical Hair goes to Broadway
As a portrait of the 1960s hippie counterculture and sexual revolution, it was highly controversial at the time. Some of the musical's songs became anthems of the peace movement during the Vietnam War.
1945 A day before committing suicide, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun marry
On the same day, U.S. troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
Births On This Day – 29. April
Indonesian/French singer-songwriter, producer
1958 Michelle Pfeiffer
American actress, singer
1899 Duke Ellington
American pianist, composer, bandleader
1854 Henri Poincaré
French mathematician, physicist, engineer
Deaths On This Day – 29. April
2006 John Kenneth Galbraith
1980 Alfred Hitchcock
English director, producer
1951 Ludwig Wittgenstein
1937 William Gillette
American actor, author
1921 Arthur Mold