On October 29:
1618 English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
1740 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson was born.
1787 Mozart‘s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.
1863 Twenty seven countries meeting in Geneva agreed to form the International Red Cross.
1886 The first ticker-tape parade takes place in New York City when office workers spontaneously threw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.
1891 US singer and comiedienne, Fanny Brice, was born.
1894 SS Wiararapa was wrecked on Great Barrier Island.
1897 Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda was born.
1923 Turkey beccame a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
1947 Richard Dreyfuss, American actor, was born.
1956 Suez Crisis began: Israeli forces invaded the Sinai Peninsula and pushed Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.
1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to form the Republic of Tanzania.
1969 The first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
1971 Winona Ryder, American actress, was born.
1995 Forgotten Silver hoax was screened.
2004 In Rome, European heads of state signed the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.