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4/29/2020 8:01:00 AM
World Almanac

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1429, 17-year-old Joan of Arc led French forces in relieving the besieged city of Orleans, France.

In 1862, Union forces officially took possession of New Orleans.

In 1945, the Dachau concentration camp in Germany was liberated by U.S. troops.

In 1992, riots broke out in Los Angeles after four police officers were acquitted of using excessive force during the arrest of motorist Rodney King.

In 2011, Great Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in London.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), publisher/politician; Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), orchestra conductor; Duke Ellington (1899-1974), jazz musician; Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001), race car driver; Jerry Seinfeld (1954- ), comedian; Daniel Day-Lewis (1957- ), actor; Michelle Pfeiffer (1958- ), actress; Andre Agassi (1970- ), tennis player; Uma Thurman (1970- ), actress.

TODAY'S FACT: Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor in history to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role three times.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2015, the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox set the all-time low attendance record for a Major League Baseball game, when fans were not allowed to attend due to violent protests in Baltimore.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it." -- Jerry Seinfeld

TODAY'S NUMBER: 19 -- age of Joan of Arc at the time of her death.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (April 22) and first quarter moon (April 30).

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