What happened on 29 March?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 29 March, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 29 MARCH

2014 | The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales were performed as new law permitted same-sex marriages

2013 | At least 36 people were killed when a 16-floor building collapsed in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

2010 | At least 40 people were killed by two suicide bombers as they hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour.

2004 | Both Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined NATO as full members on this day.

2002 | In response to the Easter massacre two days earlier, Israel launched a Shield Protection Program against Palestinian militants, its largest military operation in the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War.

1947 | Malagasy unrest against French colonial rule in Madagascar.

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BIRTHDAYS

1941 | American astrophysicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate, Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.

1976 | American tennis player, Jennifer Capriati.

1947 | American singer-songwriter, Bobby Kimball.

1967 | French director, producer, and screenwriter, Michel Hazanavicius.

1962 | Filipino journalist and politician, Ted Failon.

1952 | Australian rugby player and coach, Russell Fairfax.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2013 | Chinese footballer and manager, Liu Kang, 52.

2006 | Mexican author and poet, 74.

2009 | American actor and singer, Andy Hallett, 34.

1992 | American actor, Paul Henreid, 84.

1972 | English businessman, founded Rank Organisation, J. Arthur Rank, 84.

SPORTS

1924 | At the age of 49 years and 245 days, Billy Meredith played his last match for Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final against Newcastle on this day. He was the oldest player ever to play for Manchester City and the oldest to play in the FA Cup.

ENTERTAINMENT

1959 | On this day in the U.S. an American romantic comedy film “Some Like It Hot” was released.

AFRICA FACT

The origin of Smart Africa Alliance is Rwanda and its headquarters are in Kigali.

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