History of Today, October 29, 2018 and Its Birthdays

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Today is October 29, which is the 302nd day of the year. Now we are just 63 days away from New Year.

Events On This Date

This Year: A Boeing 737 crashes into the ocean, presumably killing all 181 passengers and 8 crew members.

Last Year: Hundreds of thousands of supporters for a unified Spain gathered in Barcelona in one of the biggest shows of force against Catalan independence.

Two Years Ago: The U.S. State Department ordered family members of employees at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave as extremist groups threatened to kill U.S. citizens.

Three Years Ago: China announced the end of One-child policy after 35 years.

Four Years Ago: A mudslide in south-central Sri Lanka killed more than 100 people.

Five Years Ago: The United Nations confirms an outbreak of polio in Syria.

Six Years Ago:  Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast of the United States, killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly while leaving nearly $70 billion in damages.

Seven Years Ago: Thirty people are feared dead after a footbridge in India’s Arunachal Pradesh collapses.

Eight Years Ago: The memoir of George W. Bush reveals his initial belief that he had United Airlines Flight 93 shot down during the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Nine Years Ago: English Premier League footballer Marlon King is convicted of sexual assault, imprisoned and sacked by his club Wigan Athletic F.C.

Ten Years Ago: Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to five.

Birthdays On This Date

  • Actor Richard Dreyfuss turns 71 today, known for starring in  American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.
  • Footballer Edwin van der Sar turns 47 today, known for his time spent at Ajax and Manchester United as a goalkeeper.
  • Actress Winona Ryder turns 46 today, known for starring in Beetlejuice, Heathers, Mermaids, The Age of Innocence, Little Women and Stranger Things.
  • Actress Tracee Ellis Ross turns 45 today, known for starring in Girlfriends, Reed Between the Lines and Black-ish.
  • Actress Gabrielle Union turns 45 today, known for starring in Bring It On and Being Mary Jane.
  • Actor Ben Foster turns 37 today, known for starring in X-Men: The Last Stand, 3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor and Hell or High Water.
  • Singer Tove Lo turns 31 today, known for her sleeper hit single Habits (Stay High).

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