Today in History: April 29

Today in History: April 29

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1289

Qalawun, the Sultan of Egypt, captures Tripoli.

1429

Joan of Arc leads French forces to victory over English at Orleans.

1624

Louis XIII appoints Cardinal Richelieu chief minister of the Royal Council of France.

1661

The Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan.

1672

King Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.

1813

Rubber is patented.

1852

The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus is published.

1856

Yokut Indians repel a second attack by the 'Petticoat Rangers,' a band of civilian Indian fighters at Four Creeks, California.

1858

Austrian troops invade Piedmont.

1859

As the French army races to support them and the Austrian army mobilizes to oppose them, 150,000 Piedmontese troops invade Piedmontese territory.

1861

The Maryland House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union.

1862

Forts Philip and Jackson surrender to Admiral David Farragut outside New Orleans.

1913

Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents the all-purpose zipper.

1916

Irish nationalists surrender to the British in Dublin.

1918

America's WWI Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory with the help of Captain James Norman Hall.

1924

Open revolt breaks out in Santa Clara, Cuba.

1927

Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis is completed.

1930

The film All Quiet on the Western Front, based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel Im Western Nichts Neues, premiers.

1945

The Nazi concentration camp of Dachau is liberated by Allied troops.

1945

The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allies.

1946

Former Japanese leaders are indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.

1975

The U.S. embassy in Vietnam is evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fight their way into Saigon.

1983

Harold Washington is sworn in as Chicago's first black mayor.

1992

Four Los Angeles police offices are acquitted of charges stemming from the beating of Rodney King. Rioting ensues.