Today in History: March 29

Today in History: March 29

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1461

The armies of two kings, Henry VI and Edward IV, collide at Towton.

1638

A permanent European colony is established in present-day Delaware.

1827

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven is buried in Vienna amidst a crowd of over 10,000 mourners.

1847

U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott take possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.

1867

The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1879

British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse a major attack by Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand.

1886

Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold.

1903

A regular news service begins between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.

1913

The German government announces a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.

1916

The Italians call off the fifth attack on Isonzo.

1936

Italy firebombs the Ethiopian city of Harar.

1941

The British sink five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.

1951

The Chinese reject Gen. Douglas MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.

1951

Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner.

1952

President Harry Truman removes himself from the presidential race.

1961

The 23rd amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, is ratified.

1962

Cuba opens the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.

1966

Leonid Brezhenev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. He denounces the American policy in Vietnam and calls it one of aggression.

1967

France launches its first nuclear submarine.

1971

Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is found guilty for his actions in the My Lai massacre.

1973

The last U.S. troops withdraw from South Vietnam.

1975

Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declares that he will reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.

1976

Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.

1986

A court in Rome acquits six men in a plot to kill the Pope.