TODAY in HISTORY: APRIL 29

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Apr 29

Reuters

1945 – The terms of surrender of the German armies in Italy were signed; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun, but also made his will naming Admiral Karl Doenitz as his successor. American forces liberated the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany.


1972 – In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.


1980 – Sir Alfred Hitchcock, the British-born film director best known for his suspense thrillers, notably “Psycho”, died.


2000 – Pham Van Dong, who served as prime minister in Hanoi for more than three decades until 1987, died. An intellectual, Dong was considered close to Vietnam’s late revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.


2002 – Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was greeted by East Timorese schoolchildren as he became the first head of state to visit the new state.


2003 – The United States said it was ending military operations in Saudi Arabia and removing virtually all its forces from the kingdom following the Iraq war.


2005 – Taiwanese opposition leader Lien Chan met Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing and closed the book on decades of hostility between China’s Communist Party and its civil war foe, the Kuomintang.


2006 – Presidents of Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela sign “People’s Trade Treaty” to counter free-trade deals Washington seeks with Latin American nations.


2006 – John Kenneth Galbraith, U.S. economist, best-selling author and former presidential advisor, died aged 97.


2007 – As many as 1 million secularist protesters rallied in Istanbul, accusing the Turkish government and the ruling AK Party of planning to create an Islamist state and demanding it withdraw its presidential candidate ($1=.5063 Pound).


2013 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in first Russo-Japanese summit in a decade.