Today in History: September 29

Today in History: September 29

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1197

Emperor Henry VI dies in Messina, Sicily.

1399

Richard II of England is deposed. His cousin, Henry of Lancaster, declares himself king under the name Henry IV.

1493

Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain, on his second voyage to the new world.

1513

Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean.

1789

Congress votes to create a U.S. army.

1833

A civil war breaks out in Spain between Carlists, who believe Don Carlos deserves the throne, and supporters of Queen Isabella.

1850

Mormon leader Brigham Young is named the first governor of the Utah Territory.

1864

Union troops capture the Confederate Fort Harrison, outside Petersburg, Virginia.

1879

Dissatisfied Ute Indians kill Agent Nathan Meeker and nine others in the "Meeker Massacre."

1932

A five-day work week is established for General Motors workers.

1939

Germany and the Soviet Union reach an agreement on the division of Poland.

1941

30,000 Jews are gunned down in Kiev when Heinrich Himmler sends four strike squads to exterminate Soviet Jewish civilians and other "undesirables."

1943

Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf is published in the United States.

1950

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev repeatedly disrupts a UN General Assembly meeting with his violent outbursts over intervention in the Belgian Congo, US U2 spy planes, and arms control.

1960

General Douglas MacArthur officially returns Seoul, South Korea, to President Syngman Rhee.

1962

Canada launches its first satellite, Alouette 1.

1962

The popular Argentinian comic strip Mafalda beings publication, in the weekly Primera Plana; focusing on a six-year-old girl (Mafalda) and her friends, it has been called the Argentinian Peanuts.

1966

Chevrolet introduces the Camaro, which will become an iconic car.

1971

Oman joins the Arab League.

1979

John Paul II becomes the first pope ever to visit Ireland.

1990

The YF-22, later named F-22 Raptor, flies for the first time.

1992

Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello impeached for corruptions; he was the youngest president in the nation's history, taking office at age 40 in 1990.

2008

Dow Jones Industrial Average plummets 777.68 points in the wake of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual bankruptcies, the largest single-day point loss in Wall Street history.

2009

An 8.1 earthquake causes a tidal wave that claims 189 lives in Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga.