On September 29:
1547 Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was born.
Portrait commonly said to be that painted by Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar (c. 1600). Modern scholarship does not believe this portrait, or any other graphic representation of Cervantes, to be authentic.
1758 Horatio Nelson was born.
Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, by Lemuel Francis Abbott
1810 English author Elizabeth Gaskell was born.
1862 the first performance by a professional Opera Company in New Zealand took place.
1907 US singer Gene Autry was born.
1913 US film director Stanley Kramer was born.
1923 US children’s author Stan Berenstain was born.
1929 The Metropolitan Police Service was formed in London.
1930 English author Colin Dexter was born.
1935 US musician Jerry Lee Lewis was born.
1936 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was born.
1943 Polish president Lech Walsea was born.
1956 English athlete Sir Sebastian Coe was born.
1964 the Argentinean comic strip Mafalda , created by Joaquín Salvador Lavado (who used the pen name Quino), was published for the first time.