Today in History

Today is April 29, the 119th day of 2018. There are 246 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 29, 1968, the counterculture rock musical “Hair” heralding the “Age of Aquarius” opened at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater following limited engagements off-Broadway, beginning a run of 1,750 performances.

On this date:

In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a French victory over the English.

In 1861, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 53-13 against seceding from the Union. In Montgomery, Ala., President Jefferson Davis asked the Confederate Congress for the authority to wage war.

In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his “Fuhrerbunker” and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz president.

In 1957, the SM-1, the first military nuclear power plant, was dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Va.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin’s cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” was released as a single by Atlantic Records.

In 1977, Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald Coggan, participated in a Christian unity service in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.

In 1993, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II announced that for the first time, Buckingham Palace would be opened to tourists to help raise money for repairs at fire-damaged Windsor Castle.

In 2011, Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Ten years ago: Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama denounced his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for what he termed “divisive and destructive” remarks on race.

Five years ago: Opening statements took place in Los Angeles in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert giant AEG Live, claiming it had failed to properly investigate a doctor who cared for Jackson and was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his 2009 death. (The jury determined in October 2013 that AEG Live was not liable.)

One year ago: Severe weather broke out over much of the Midwest and South, with seven tornadoes in East Texas resulting in four direct fatalities, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Keith Baxter is 85. Bluesman Otis Rush is 83. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 82. Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff is 80. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 75. Singer Tommy James is 71. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is 68. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 64. Actor Leslie Jordan is 63. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 63. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 61. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 60. Actress Eve Plumb is 60. Rock musician Phil King is 58. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 55. Actor Vincent Ventresca is 52. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 50. Actor Paul Adelstein is 49. Actress Uma Thurman is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi is 48. Rapper Master P is 48. Actor Darby Stanchfield is 47. Actress Megan Boone is 35. Actress-model Taylor Cole is 34. Actor Zane Carney is 33.

Thought for Today: “An intellectual hatred is the worst.” — William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939).