This Day in History: January 29

Featured Biography

Oprah Winfrey
American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur
Paul Ryan
American politician
Oprah Winfrey
American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur
Germaine Greer
Australian writer
Anton Chekhov
Russian author
William McKinley
president of United States

More Events On This Day

Colleen McCullough
Australian novelist Colleen McCullough, best known for her sweeping romance The Thorn Birds (1977) and for the Masters of Rome series (1990–2007), died at age 77. Can you match these opening lines to their works?
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Janet Frame: To the Is-Land
Author Janet Frame, who created a unique body of work that presents perhaps the most-recognized voice of New Zealand to those outside her native country, died at age 79. Test your knowledge of famous writers
Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc., Merchantville, NJ
Romário: 1994 World Cup
Brazilian football (soccer) player Romário, who was one of the most prolific goal scorers in the sport's history, was born in Rio de Janeiro. Sort fact from fiction in our football (soccer) quiz
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Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
The British film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a landmark Cold War farce directed by Stanley Kubrick, was released in theatres. Take our quiz about Stanley Kubrick
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Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were among the first players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Read our list of the 10 greatest baseball players of all time
George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-DIG-ggbain-36447)
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The first machine for rolling ice cream cones was patented by Carl Rutherford Taylor of Cleveland. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about food
The Prohibition (Eighteenth) Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and went into effect the following year. How did people get alcohol during Prohibition?
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZ62-123257)
Karl Benz
German mechanical engineer Karl Benz patented the first practical automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. Take our quiz about machinery and manufacturing
Arnoldo Mondadori Editorie S.P./age fotostock
W.C. Fields in David Copperfield
American actor and comedian W.C. Fields was born in Philadelphia. Test your knowledge of actors and acting
Pictorial Parade
Anton Chekhov
Russian author Anton Chekhov—who was known for his plays and short stories, which often lacked complex plots and neat solutions—was born. Test your knowledge of Russian literature
David Magarshack
Edgar Allan Poe
American author Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven was first published, appearing in the New York Mirror; a melancholy evocation of lost love, it became one of the best-known poems in American literature. Read about eight creepy critters in the work of Edgar Allan Poe
U.S. Signal Corps/National Archives, Washington, D.C.
British East India Company administrator Sir Stamford Raffles established the port of Singapore. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about Asia
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