What Happened On This Day – 29 March
2010 Two Chechen suicide bombers detonate their devices in the Moscow underground
40 people died in the attack allegedly carried out by so-called “black widows”, or Islamist Chechen female suicide bombers.
2004 Ireland becomes the first country to ban smoking in all workplaces
Contrary to initial concerns, the ban had no adverse economic effects, and soon several other countries passed similar legislation. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco smoke is the single greatest cause of preventable death globally.
1974 The Terracotta Army is discovered in Xi'an, China
The famous collection of some 8000 soldier sculptures, depicting Emperor Qin Shi Huang's army, was located by local farmers when they were digging a water well.
1971 Charles Manson is sentenced to death in the gas chamber
The sentence was never carried out because the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 1972. The infamous criminal who ordered several murders continues to serve a life sentence.
1912 Robert Scott makes his final diary entry
Scott wrote: “We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far.” The British explorer and his companions died on an expedition to the South Pole.
Births On This Day – 29 March
1976 Jennifer Capriati
American tennis player
1949 Michael Brecker
American saxophonist, composer
1943 John Major
English banker, politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1895 Ernst Jünger
1790 John Tyler
American lawyer, politician, 10th President of the United States
Deaths On This Day – 29 March
1982 Walter Hallstein
German politician, diplomat, 1st President of the European Commission
1924 Charles Villiers Stanford
1912 Robert Falcon Scott
English navy officer, explorer
1888 Charles-Valentin Alkan
1772 Emanuel Swedenborg