Ron Townson would have been 77 today.
On January 29:
1842 Auckland’s first Anniversary Day regatta was held.
1860 Anton Chekhov, Russian writer, was born.
1863 Bear River Massacre.
1874 John D. Rockefeller Jr., American entrepreneur, was born.
1880 W.C. Fields, American actor and writer was born.
1886 Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
1891 Liliuokalani was proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
1916 Paris was first bombed by German zeppelins.
1939 Germaine Greer, Australian writer and feminist, was born.
1940 Three trains on the Sakurajima Line, in Osaka collided and exploded while approaching Ajikawaguchi station. 181 people were killed.
1944 USS Missouri (BB-63) the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy was launched.
1944 Approximately 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
1945 Tom Selleck, American actor, screenwriter and film producer, was born.
1949 Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-born musician and record producer (The Ramones), was born.
1954 Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host and actress, was born.
1989 Hungary established diplomatic relations with South Korea, making them the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so.
1996 President Jacques Chirac announced a “definitive end” to French nuclear weapons testing.
1998 In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another.
2001 Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia stormed parliament and demanded that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.