On This Day in History: January 29
January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 336 days remain until the end of the year (337 in leap years).
Lottery News On This Day
- Maryland lottery player wins three $50K prizes on identical tickets. A Maryland man said his adherence to lottery superstitions earned him three top prizes in the same Bonus Match 5 drawing.
- Multi-state Cash4Life may become daily lottery game. Lottery players in nine states may soon have a chance to play the game Cash4Life on daily basis.
- Georgia group fights to prevent lottery winners from claiming anonymously. An open-government advocacy group has denounced a bipartisan proposal being considered by the Georgia Senate that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
- Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers fired after theft accusations. Three Ohio Lottery Commission workers lost their jobs last week after a watchdog agency accused them of stealing nearly $3,000 in goods that belonged to the state from a Cleveland warehouse.
- NY man dies weeks after winning $1 million lottery jackpot. A New York man who hit the jackpot with a $1 million dollar scratch-off ticket three weeks ago died suddenly Friday, succumbing to stage four cancer, according to multiple reports.
- Michigan man wins second lottery jackpot. Clad in a basic t-shirt and jeans, you may never believe Pat Kukla is the luckiest man in Calhoun County, Michigan.
- Some lawmakers say Hawaii lottery has a chance this year. It comes up nearly every legislative session, but could this be the year that Hawaii lawmakers legalize gambling with a lottery?
- Retired Brooklyn bus driver hits $7M Cash4Life jackpot. Frederick McClendon claimed his $7 million prize Tuesday in the New York Lottery's Cash4Life draw game.
- Snowstorms hurt Massachusetts Lottery sales. Lottery ticket sales dipped in December by nearly $1 million below last year’s total -- a drop Lottery officials attribute to two snowstorms that kept buyers out of stores.
- Mass. Lottery wants to experiment with online gaming. Massachusetts Lottery officials asked lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation that would let the agency experiment with online gambling.
- N.J. Assembly approves measures to slow Gov.'s plan to privatize lottery. The New Jersey Assembly Monday passed a measure that would force Gov. Chris Christie to seek the Legislature's approval for his plan to privatize parts of the state lottery, which Democratic lawmakers said is being pushed through "under the radar" without oversight.
- Lottery win bad news for gas station employees. Four employees at a gas station that sold a $25.5 million Illinois lottery ticket allege that they were fired because the Wadsworth Mobil owner did not want to share the one percent commission he received for the winning ticket.
- $14M lottery winner promises big tip. Standing in front of reporters yesterday at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's prize office, Jorma Hogbacka said he wasn't surprised he won $14.8 million because it was in the stars.
- Calif. Lottery director's job doesn't depend on auditor's report. The California state Senate's decision on confirmation of Joan Borucki as director of the state lottery will be history by the time the state auditor completes its report on a questionable employee recognition celebration.
- Last-minute lottery ticket wins $254 million Powerball jackpot. A retired electrician and World War II veteran is the winner of the largest lottery jackpot ever sold in Missouri -- worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
- Partnership Claims $35 Million Florida Lotto Jackpot. The Florida Lottery announced today the $35 million Florida Lotto jackpot from the January 21 drawing was claimed in the name of the Cruz Family Partnership of Carol City, Florida.
- Powerball Jackpot Reaches $74 Million. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $74 million, with a cash option of $40.9 million.
- Kansas Lottery Sales Above Projections. The Kansas Lottery has experienced sales increases for Fiscal Year 2004, owing largely to new games and improved marketing practices.
- Self-service machines coming for Texas Lottery games. Texas Lottery officials plan to install about 1,000 ATM-like machines at retail outlets across the state that will dispense tickets for such games as Lotto Texas, Mega Millions and Cash Five.
- Friends Say Audit Troubled Minnesota Lottery Chief. The suicide of Minnesota Lottery Director George Anderson has focused new attention on criticism that the Minnesota Lottery has had higher overhead costs than comparable state lotteries.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$394 Million
Jan 29, 2020
- 2.$285.8 Million
Jan 31, 2015
- 3.€183 Million
Feb 3, 2006
- 4.$206 Million
Feb 1, 2017
- 5.$174 Million
Jan 30, 2019
- 6.$171 Million
Jan 29, 2014
- 7.$170 Million
Feb 1, 2012
- 8.$156 Million
Feb 1, 2006
- 9.$155 Million
Jan 31, 2020
- 10.$151 Million
Jan 30, 2013
- 11.$144 Million
Jan 29, 2010
- 12.€131 Million
Jan 29, 2016
- 13.$127 Million
Jan 31, 2018
- 14.€98 Million
Jan 30, 2018
- 15.€92.02 Million
Jan 30, 2018
- 16.€90 Million
Feb 2, 2018
- 17.€97.49 Million
Jan 29, 2019
- 18.$109 Million
Jan 29, 2019
- 19.$103 Million
Jan 30, 2001
- 20.€84 Million
Jan 29, 2019
- 21.$96 Million
Jan 30, 2016
- 22.€71 Million
Jan 31, 2014
- 23.€84 Million
Jan 31, 2020
- 24.$91 Million
Feb 1, 2011
- 25.$90 Million
Jan 30, 2010
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Friday, Jan 29, 1988
32 years old
Friday, Jan 29, 1988
32 years old
Tuesday, Jan 29, 1985
35 years old
Thursday, Jan 29, 1981
39 years old
Monday, Jan 29, 1979
41 years old
Friday, Jan 29, 1971
49 years old
Friday, Jan 29, 1971
49 years old
Friday, Jan 29, 1971
49 years old
Thursday, Jan 29, 1970
50 years old
Wednesday, Jan 29, 1964
56 years old
Friday, Jan 29, 1915
105 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Quebec City mosque shooting: Alexandre Bissonnette opens fire at mosque in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, killing six and wounding 19 others in a spree shooting.
- SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashes near the Kazakh city of Almaty, killing 21 people.
- 2013 Alabama bunker hostage crisis, after shooting and killing of school bus driver, 66 years old Charles Albert Poland, Jr, by 65 year old Vietnam War era veteran, Jimmy Lee Dykes.
- The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt rules that people who do not adhere to one of the three government-recognised religions, while not allowed to list any belief outside of those three, are still eligible to receive government identity documents.
- Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.
- The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
- In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
- Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
- President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing.
- Gulf War: The Battle of Khafji, the first major ground engagement of the war, as well as its deadliest, begins.
- Cold War: Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so.
- The Rubik's Cube makes its international debut at the Ideal Toy Corp. in Earl's Court, London.
- The "ultimate high" of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.
- The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
- The first Melodifestivalen is held in Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden.
- The Pakistan Socialist Party is founded in Karachi.
- World War II: Approximately 38 people are killed and about a dozen injured when the Polish village of Koniuchy (present-day Kaniūkai, Lithuania) is attacked by Soviet partisan units.
- In Bologna, Italy, the Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio is completely destroyed in an air-raid, during the Second World War.
- World War II: The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, USS Chicago (CA-29) is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.
- Alexandros Koryzis becomes Prime Minister of Greece upon the sudden death of his predecessor, dictator Ioannis Metaxas.
- Three trains on the Nishinari Line; present Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. One hundred and eighty-one people are killed.
- The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
- Ukrainian-Soviet War: The Bolshevik Red Army, on its way to besiege Kiev, is met by a small group of military students at the Battle of Kruty.
- Ukrainian-Soviet War: An armed uprising organized by the Bolsheviks in anticipation of the encroaching Red Army begins at the Kiev Arsenal, which will be put down six days later.
- World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
- Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.
- Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
- Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
- The Bear River Massacre: A detachment of California Volunteers led by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor engage the Shoshone at Bear River, Washington Territory, killing hundreds of men, women and children.
- Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
- Queen Victoria issues a Warrant under the Royal sign-manual that establishes the Victoria Cross to recognise acts of valour by British military personnel during the Crimean War.
- Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
- "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe.
- US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
- Stamford Raffles lands on the island of Singapore.
- War of the Sixth Coalition: France defeats Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Brienne.
- First Mongol invasion of Đại Việt: Đại Việt defeats the Mongols at the battle of Đông Bộ Đầu, forcing the Mongols to withdraw from the country.
- Caliph Al-Mustakfi is blinded and deposed by Emir Mu'izz al-Dawla, ruler of the Buyid Empire. He is succeeded by Al-Muti as caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate.
- Sergius III is consecrated pope, after coming out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
- An Lushan, leader of a revolt against the Tang dynasty and emperor of Yan, is murdered by his own son, An Qingxu.
Births On This Day
- Nakjoon, South Korean-American singer
- Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Japanese singer
- Kevin Shattenkirk, American ice hockey player
- Tatyana Chernova, Russian heptathlete
- Shay Logan, English footballer
- Aydın Yılmaz, Turkish footballer
- José Abreu, Cuban baseball player
- Jair Jurrjens, Dutch baseball player
- Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player
- Natalie du Toit, South African swimmer
- Nuno Morais, Portuguese footballer
- Safee Sali, Malaysian footballer
- Biagio Pagano, Italian footballer
- Rachna Khatau, Indian-American actress and singer
- Ivan Klasnic, German-Croatian footballer
- Sara Gilbert, American actress, producer, and talk show host
- Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Indian colonel and politician
- Heather Graham, American actress
- Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer
- Paul Ryan, American economist and politician, 62nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- Mohammed Yusuf, Nigerian Islamist leader, founded Boko Haram (d. 2009)
- Edward Burns, American actor, director, and producer
- Susi Erdmann, German luger and bobsledder
- Stacey King, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
- Romário, Brazilian footballer, manager, and politician
- Dominik Hašek, Czech ice hockey player
- Peter Lundgren, Swedish tennis player and coach
- John Anthony Gallagher, English-New Zealand rugby player
- Nicholas Turturro, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
- Petra Thümer, German swimmer and photographer
- Gia Carangi, American supermodel (d. 1986)
- Greg Louganis, American diver and author
- Mike Foligno, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
- Philippe Dintrans, French rugby player
- Ron Franscell, American author and journalist
- Grażyna Miller, Italian journalist and poet
- Jan Jakub Kolski, Polish director, screenwriter, and cinematographer
- Christian Bjelland IV, Norwegian businessman and art collector
- Terry Kinney, American actor and director
- Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host, actress, and producer, founded Harpo Productions
- Peter Baumann, German keyboard player and songwriter
- Charlie Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer
- Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
- Fereydoon Forooghi, Iranian singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
- Andy Roberts, Caribbean cricketer
- Ann Jillian, American actress and singer
- Jody Scheckter, South African race car driver and sportscaster
- Evgeny Lovchev, Russian footballer and manager
- Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-American drummer and producer (d. 2014)
- Raymond Keene, English chess player and author
- Linda B. Buck, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
- David Byron, English singer-songwriter (d. 1985)
- Marián Varga, Slovak organist and composer
- Bettye LaVette, American singer-songwriter
- Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Malian academic and politician, Prime Minister of Mali
- Jim Nicholson, Northern Irish politician
- Tom Selleck, American actor and businessman
- Andrew Loog Oldham, English record producer and manager
- Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican lawyer and judge
- Pauline van der Wildt, Dutch swimmer
- Tony Blackburn, English radio and television host
- Pat Quinn, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2014)
- Robin Morgan, American actress, journalist, and author
- Katharine Ross, American actress and author
- Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and race car driver
- Germaine Greer, Australian journalist and author
- Hassan Habibi, Iranian lawyer and politician, 1st Vice President of Iran (d. 2013)
- Bobby Scott, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1990)
- Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Indian poet and songwriter (d. 2010)
- Branko Miljković, Serbian poet and academic (d. 1961)
- Sacha Distel, French singer and guitarist (d. 2004)
- Raman Subba Row, English cricketer and referee
- Tommy Taylor, English footballer (d. 1958)
- Leslie Bricusse, English playwright and composer
- Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian academic and politician, 2nd President of Hungary (d. 2011)
- Elio Petri, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1982)
- Joseph Kruskal, American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 2010)
- Edward Abbey, American environmentalist and author (d. 1989)
- Abdus Salam, Pakistani-British physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)
- Amelita Ramos, 11th First Lady of the Philippines
- Jack Burke Jr., American golfer
- Paddy Chayefsky, American author and screenwriter (d. 1981)
- Geraldine Pittman Woods, American science administrator and embryologist (d. 1999)
- John Forsythe, American actor (d. 2010)
- John Raitt, American actor and singer (d. 2005)
- Bill Peet, American author and illustrator (d. 2002)
- John Serry Sr., Italian-American concert accordionist and composer (d.2003)
- Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)
- Joe Primeau, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1989)
- Barnett Newman, American painter and etcher (d. 1970)
- Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Russian-Israeli biochemist and philosopher (d. 1994)
- Allen B. DuMont, American engineer and broadcaster, founded the DuMont Television Network (d. 1965)
- E. P. Taylor, Canadian businessman and horse breeder (d. 1989)
- Muna Lee, American poet and author (d. 1965)
- Ernst Lubitsch, German American film director, producer, writer, and actor (d. 1947)
- Elizaveta Gerdt, Russian ballerina and educator (d. 1975)
- R. Norris Williams, Swiss-American tennis player and banker (d. 1968)
- Sydney Chapman, English mathematician and geophysicist (d. 1970)
- Wellington Koo, Chinese statesman (d. 1985)
- Juhan Aavik, Estonian-Swedish composer and conductor (d. 1982)
- Alice Catherine Evans, American microbiologist (d. 1975)
- W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (d. 1946)
- Georges Catroux, French general and diplomat (d. 1969)
- Havergal Brian, English composer (d. 1972)
- John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1960)
- Süleyman Nazif, Turkish poet and civil servant (d. 1927)
- Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spanish journalist and author (d. 1928)
- Julio Peris Brell, Spanish painter (d. 1944)
- Romain Rolland, French historian, author, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1944)
- Frederick Delius, English composer (d. 1934)
- Florida Ruffin Ridley, African-American civil rights activist, teacher, editor, and writer (d. 1943)
- Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer (d. 1904)
- Henry Ward Ranger, American painter and academic (d. 1916)
- Frederic Hymen Cowen, Jamaican-English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1935)
- Karol Olszewski, Polish chemist, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1915)
- William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)
- Ernst Kummer, Polish-German mathematician and academic (d. 1893)
- Mary Whitwell Hale, American teacher, school founder, and hymnwriter (d. 1862)
- Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1857)
- Daniel Auber, French composer (d. 1871)
- Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, and politician, 4th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1849)
- Henry Lee III, American general and politician, 9th Governor of Virginia (d. 1818)
- Moses Cleaveland, American general, lawyer, and politician, founded Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1806)
- Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
- Thomas Paine, prominent for publishing Common Sense (1776), which established him as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (d. 1809)
- Paul Rabaut, French pastor (d. 1794)
- Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, English field marshal and politician, 19th Governor General of Canada (d. 1797)
- Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian organist and composer (d. 1777)
- Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer (d. 1788)
- Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1772)
- Juan de Galavís, Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop of Santo Domingo and Bogotá (d. 1739)
- Johann Georg Graevius, German scholar and critic (d. 1703)
- Countess Amalie Elisabeth of Hanau-Münzenberg (d. 1651)
- Franciscus Junius, pioneer of Germanic philology (d. 1677)
- Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1647)
- Lelio Sozzini, Italian humanist and reformer (d. 1562)
- Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther; formerly a Roman Catholic nun (d. 1552)
- Giuliano Bugiardini, Italian painter (d. 1555)
- Johann Reuchlin, German-born humanist and scholar (d. 1522)
- Shi Zong, emperor of the Liao Dynasty (d. 951)
Deaths On This Day
- George Fernandes, Indian politician (b. 1930)
- James Ingram, American musician (b. 1952)
- Jean-Marie Doré, Guinean lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Guinea (b. 1938)
- Jacques Rivette, French director, screenwriter, and critic (b. 1928)
- Colleen McCullough, Australian neuroscientist, author, and academic (b. 1937)
- Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1933)
- Alexander Vraciu, American commander and pilot (b. 1918)
- François Cavanna, French journalist and author (b. 1923)
- Ranjit Singh Dyal, Indian general and politician, 10th Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry (b. 1928)
- Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian lawyer and politician, 9th President of Italy (b. 1918)
- Camilla Williams, American soprano and educator (b. 1919)
- Milton Babbitt, American composer, educator, and theorist (b. 1916)
- Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
- Bengt Lindström, Swedish painter and sculptor (b. 1925)
- Margaret Truman, American singer and author (b. 1924)
- Nam June Paik, South Korean-American artist, (b. 1932)
- Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, screenwriter, and director (b. 1924)
- Janet Frame, New Zealand author and poet (b. 1924)
- Frank Moss, American lawyer and politician (b. 1911)
- Harold Russell, Canadian-American soldier and actor (b. 1914)
- Lili St. Cyr, American model and dancer (b. 1918)
- Ulrike Maier, Austrian skier (b. 1967)
- Adetokunbo Ademola, Nigerian lawyer and jurist, 2nd Chief Justice of Nigeria (b. 1906)
- Willie Dixon, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1915)
- Yasushi Inoue, Japanese author and poet (b. 1907)
- Jimmy Durante, American entertainer (b. 1893)
- Frank Nicklin, Australian politician, 28th Premier of Queensland (b. 1895)
- Freddie Prinze, American comedian and actor (b. 1954)
- B. H. Liddell Hart, French-English soldier, historian, and journalist (b. 1895)
- Allen Welsh Dulles, American banker, lawyer, and diplomat, 5th Director of Central Intelligence (b. 1893)
- Alan Ladd, American actor (b. 1913)
- Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (b. 1874)
- Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (b. 1875)
- Winifred Brunton, South African painter and illustrator (b. 1880)
- H. L. Mencken, American journalist and critic (b. 1880)
- Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer and umpire (b. 1880)
- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti ruler (b. 1885)
- Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta (b. 1900)
- Harry Hopkins, American businessman and politician, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1890)
- William Allen White, American journalist and author (b. 1868)
- Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and politician, 130th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1871)
- Fritz Haber, Polish-German chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1868)
- Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
- Henri Mathias Berthelot, French general during World War I (b. 1861)
- Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, Scottish field marshal (b. 1861)
- Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1818)
- Alfred Sisley, French-English painter (b. 1839)
- Edward Lear, English poet and illustrator (b. 1812)
- Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, Canadian author (b. 1786)
- Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1797)
- Paul François Jean Nicolas, vicomte de Barras, French captain and politician (b. 1755)
- István Pauli, Hungarian-Slovenian priest and poet (b. 1760)
- George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738)
- Louis Racine, French poet (b. 1692)
- André-Hercule de Fleury, French cardinal (b. 1653)
- George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, Scottish-English field marshal and politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1666)
- Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier (b. 1638)
- Jerónimo Lobo, Portuguese missionary and author (b. 1593)
- Francis Meres, English priest and author (b. 1565)
- Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1557)
- Elias Ammerbach, German organist and composer (b. 1530)
- Louis, Duke of Savoy (b. 1413)
- Adolf, Count Palatine of the Rhine (b. 1300)
- Pope Gelasius II (b. 1060)
- Salih ibn Wasif, Muslim general
- An Lushan, Chinese general (b. 703)
- Princess Ōku of Japan (b. 661)
- Ali, cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad (b. 601)