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Friday 29 September 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Inventors' Day (Argentina)

Events

  • 2007 – Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, is demolished in a controlled explosion.
  • 2004 – The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight, the first of two required to win the prize.
  • 1990 – The YF-22, which would later become the F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.
  • 1975 – WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world's first black-owned-and-operated television station.
  • 1957 – Twenty MCi (740 petabecquerels) of radioactive material is released in an explosion at the Soviet Mayak nuclear plant at Chelyabinsk.
  • 1885 – The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chaffin's Farm is fought.
  • 1848 – Battle of Pákozd: Stalemate between Hungarian and Croatian forces at Pákozd; the first battle of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
  • 1829 – The Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded.
  • 1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourns.
  • 1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

Births

  • 1994 – Halsey, American singer
  • 1990 – Doug Brochu, American voice actor
  • 1989 – Adore Delano, American drag queen and singer
  • 1988 – Justin Nozuka, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1988 – Kevin Durant, American basketball player
  • 1987 – David Del Rio, American actor and director
  • 1986 – Lisa Foiles, American actress and journalist
  • 1986 – Matt Lashoff, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 – Calvin Johnson, American football player
  • 1983 – Lisette Oropesa, American soprano and actress
  • 1980 – Zachary Levi, American actor and singer
  • 1979 – Shelley Duncan, American baseball player and manager
  • 1978 – Gunner McGrath, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1978 – Mohini Bhardwaj, American gymnast and coach
  • 1977 – Debelah Morgan, American singer-songwriter
  • 1977 – Eric Barton, American football player
  • 1977 – Jake Westbrook, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Brian Ash, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1974 – Matt Hullum, American actor, director, and producer, co-founded Rooster Teeth
  • 1973 – Shannon Larratt, Canadian publisher, founded BMEzine (d. 2013)
  • 1971 – Tanoka Beard, American basketball player
  • 1971 – Theodore Shapiro, American composer
  • 1970 – Natasha Gregson Wagner, American actress
  • 1969 – DeVante Swing, American singer-songwriter, and producer
  • 1969 – Erika Eleniak, American model and actress
  • 1968 – Patrick Burns, American paranormal investigator
  • 1966 – Hersey Hawkins, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964 – Brad Lohaus, American basketball player
  • 1963 – Les Claypool, American bass player, singer, songwriter, and producer
  • 1962 – Roger Bart, American actor
  • 1961 – Stephanie Miller, American comedian and radio host
  • 1960 – David Sammartino, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1960 – John Paxson, American basketball player and coach
  • 1960 – Julian Armour, American-Canadian cellist and educator
  • 1956 – Suzzy Roche, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1955 – Ann Bancroft, American explorer and author
  • 1955 – Gwen Ifill, American journalist (d. 2016)
  • 1953 – Lawrence Reed, American economist and author
  • 1953 – Warren Cromartie, American baseball player, coach, and radio host
  • 1952 – Gábor Csupó, Hungarian-American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Klasky Csupo
  • 1952 – Max Sandlin, American lawyer, judge, and politician
  • 1952 – Roy Campbell, Jr., American trumpet player (d. 2014)
  • 1950 – Ken Macha, American baseball player and manager
  • 1948 – Bryant Gumbel, American journalist and sportscaster
  • 1948 – Mark Farner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Mike Pinera, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1947 – Gary Wetzel, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient
  • 1944 – Mike Post, American composer and producer
  • 1943 – Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist and author
  • 1942 – Bill Nelson, American captain and politician
  • 1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress and singer (d. 1999)
  • 1942 – Steve Tesich, Serbian-American screenwriter and playwright (d. 1996)
  • 1940 – Brute Force, American singer-songwriter
  • 1939 – Larry Linville, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1939 – Rhodri Morgan, Welsh politician, 2nd First Minister of Wales (d. 2017)
  • 1936 – Hal Trosky, Jr., American baseball player (d. 2012)
  • 1936 – James Fogle, American author (d. 2012)
  • 1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1934 – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Hungarian-American psychologist and academic
  • 1934 – Skandor Akbar, American wrestler and manager (d. 2010)
  • 1934 – Stuart M. Kaminsky, American author and screenwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1932 – Paul Giel, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Robert Benton, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1931 – James Cronin, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)
  • 1927 – Barbara Mertz, American historian and author (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Pete McCloskey, American colonel and politician
  • 1927 – Sherwood Johnston, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • 1926 – Pete Elliott, American football player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Paul MacCready, American engineer, founded AeroVironment (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Steve Forrest, American actor (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Bum Phillips, American football player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Stan Berenstain, American author and illustrator (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Lizabeth Scott, American actress (d. 2015)
  • 1915 – Brenda Marshall, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1915 – Oscar Handlin, American historian and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1915 – Vincent DeDomenico, American businessman, founded the Napa Valley Wine Train (d. 2007)
  • 1913 – Stanley Kramer, American director and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1910 – Bill Boyd, American singer and guitarist (d. 1977)
  • 1910 – Virginia Bruce, American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1908 – Eddie Tolan, American sprinter and educator (d. 1967)
  • 1907 – Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and businessman (d. 1998)
  • 1907 – George W. Jenkins, American businessman, founded Publix (d. 1996)
  • 1904 – Greer Garson, English-American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1903 – Diana Vreeland, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • 1901 – Enrico Fermi, Italian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)
  • 1899 – Billy Butlin, South African-English businessman, founded Butlins (d. 1980)
  • 1899 – László Bíró, Hungarian-Argentinian journalist and inventor, invented the ballpoint pen (d. 1985)
  • 1897 – Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)
  • 1895 – Clarence Ashley, American singer, guitarist, and banjo player (d. 1967)
  • 1895 – Joseph Banks Rhine, American botanist and parapsychologist (d. 1980)
  • 1895 – Roscoe Turner, American pilot (d. 1970)
  • 1881 – Ludwig von Mises, Austrian-American economist, sociologist, and philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1853 – Luther D. Bradley, American cartoonist (d. 1917)
  • 1808 – Henry Bennett, American lawyer and politician (d. 1868)
  • 1803 – Mercator Cooper, American captain and explorer (d. 1872)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Phil Woods, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – William Kerslake, American wrestler and engineer (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – George Shuba, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Stan Monteith, American surgeon and author (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Harold Agnew, American physicist and engineer (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – L. C. Greenwood, American football player (b. 1946)
  • 2013 – Pete T. Cenarrusa, American soldier, pilot, and politician, Secretary of State of Idaho (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (b. 1926)
  • 2011 – Sylvia Robinson, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – Greg Giraldo, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1965)
  • 2010 – Tony Curtis, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Hayden Carruth, American poet and critic (b. 1921)
  • 2006 – Michael A. Monsoor, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1981)
  • 2005 – Austin Leslie, American chef and author (b. 1934)
  • 2001 – Mabel Fairbanks, American figure skater and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1998 – Tom Bradley, American lieutenant and politician, 38th Mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – Roy Lichtenstein, American painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 1993 – Gordon Douglas, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 1989 – Gussie Busch, American businessman (b. 1899)
  • 1988 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
  • 1987 – Henry Ford II, American businessman (b. 1917)
  • 1982 – Monty Stratton, American baseball player and coach (b. 1912)
  • 1975 – Casey Stengel, American baseball player and manager (b. 1890)
  • 1973 – W. H. Auden, English-American poet, playwright, and critic (b. 1907)
  • 1970 – Edward Everett Horton, American actor (b. 1886)
  • 1967 – Carson McCullers, American novelist, playwright, essayist, and poet (b. 1917)
  • 1951 – Thomas Cahill, American soccer player and coach (b. 1864)
  • 1937 – Ray Ewry, American triple jumper (b. 1873)
  • 1928 – John Devoy, Irish-American Fenian rebel leader (b. 1842)
  • 1913 – Rudolf Diesel, German engineer, invented the diesel engine (b. 1858)
  • 1910 – Winslow Homer, American painter, illustrator, and engraver (b. 1836)
  • 1900 – Samuel Fenton Cary, American lawyer and politician (b. 1814)
  • 1862 – William "Bull" Nelson, American general (b. 1824)
  • 1804 – Michael Hillegas, American politician, 1st Treasurer of the United States (b. 1728)
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