April 29 in history: Munawar Zarif passes away, Vietnam war ends, Royal wedding and Dachau liberation


Here are some of the important events that occurred on 29 April

Renowned Pakistani actor Munawar Zarif passes away


Pakistani comedian and film actor Munawar Zarif, referred to as Shehenshah-i-Zarafat (King of Humour) by his admirers passes away at Shalimar Hospital in Lahore on 29 April, 1976 at the young age of 36.
Born in pre-partition Gujranwala, the Punjabi film actor started his career as a comedian but went on to become an iconic figure in Pakistani cinema. Starring in over 300 films, his most famous movies include Heer Ranjha (1970), Jeera Blade (1973), Naukar Wohti Da (1974), Sharif Badmash (1975) and others.

You can see Heer Ranjha and Naukar Wohti Da below.


      Ludwig Wittgenstein passes away

The  Austrian-British Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein passes away on 29 April, 1951. Considered one of the most influential philosophical figures of the 20th Century, his most famous works include Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and the posthumously published Philosophical Investigations.


Nazi forces in Italy agree to surrender

Operation Sunrise, the secret negotiations between the Western Allied powers and officials from Nazi Germany for a localised surrender of Nazi forces in Italy proves to be a success. SS Official Karl Wolff agreed to sign the terms of surrender on 29 April which dictated a cessation of hostilities from 2 May.

James Cook lands at Botany Bay in Australia

HMS Endeavour


The British explorer Captain James Cook’s landing at Botany Bay on Sunday April 29, 1770 sparks British interest in the territory. Australia was later colonised by the British.



US involvement in Vietnam war comes to an end



Final evacuation of US troops and refugees as part of Operation Frequent Wind.

On April 29, 1975, the US government ordered troops and refugees to immediately withdraw from Saigon as the North Vietnamese forces close into the city. US involvement in the war ended afterwards.



Alfred Hitchcock passes away

The ‘Master of Suspense’ and one of the most influential figures of 20th century cinema, Sir Alfred Hitchcock dies on 29 April, 1980. He directed over 53 films in his six-decade long career and revolutionised cinema. His style, termed “Hitchcockian”, would later influence some of the most famous directors in cinema. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960) are among is best-known films.

US troops liberate Dachau concentration camp


The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by US forces on April 29, 1945. The Nazi government sent Jews, criminals and citizens from occupied territories to the camp. Close to 35,000 people died at Dachau during Nazi control. Acute starvation, suicide, medical experiments and execution were some of the causes behind those deaths.


 Prince William and Catherine Middleton get married

Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom on 29 April 2011.

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