November 29: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, November 29, 1972, the first commercially successful video game, Pong, was released?

November 29th is officially Throw Out Your Leftovers Day as well as Electronic Greetings Day.

We made it to day 333 of the year and there’s only 32 days left to go until we reach the end of 2023.

Is November 29 a special day for you? You’re not alone! This day in history has been an eventful one… and here you’re going to find out why.

Did you know that on this day in 1972, the first commercially successful video game, Pong, was released? The game helped to establish the video game industry as a whole.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 29th in history!

What Events Happened On November 29 In History?

2020 Joe Biden slipped while playing with his dog, Major, and was left with hairline fractures in his foot.

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2019 A wooden relic thought to be from Jesus’s manger was returned to Bethlehem.

The fragment was taken 1,400 years before and was returned by Pope Francis.


2012 Bombs in Hilla and Karbala, Iraq, killed 30 Shias and wounded 100 others.


2010 British singer-songwriter Adele released her hit single “Rolling in the Deep.”

OTD in 2010: British singer-songwriter Adele released her hit single "Rolling in the Deep."

It won awards for Billboard's Record of the Year 2011 and the Grammy's Album and Record of the Year 2012.

2007 Martinique earthquake shook the majority of the Eastern Caribbean.

The 7.4 magnitude quake struck at 15:00 local time and killed six people while injuring more than 400.

1995 President Bill Clinton lifted the Alaskan oil exports ban.

The ban was put in place in 1973.

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1987 The New Orleans Saints secured their first winning season after being in the NFL for 21 years.


1975 A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii.

The shock killed two people and up to 28 injured, with significant damage to the southern part of the Big Island totaling $4 million.

1972 Pong was released. It was the first commercially successful video game.

OTD in 1972: Pong was released. It was the first commercially successful video game.

The table tennis arcade video game "Pong" was created by Atari Co-founder Allan Alcorn.

1961 Enos, the chimpanzee, was launched into space on the Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission.

Enos became the first chimpanzee, and the third primate to orbit Earth, preceded only by the Russian cosmonaut's Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov. Enos clocked more than 1,000 hours of training before the mission, including exposure to weightlessness and high g-forces. The following Mercury mission sent the first American, John Glenn, into Earth's orbit.

1947 The French Army massacred more than 300 civilians in the Vietnamese village of Mỹ Trạch.

1899 FC Barcelona was founded by a group of English, German, Swiss, and Spanish soccer players.

It started when Hans Gamper, a professional soccer player from Switzerland, posted an ad in a local Barcelona newspaper declaring his interest in starting a soccer club, asking anyone interested to simply show up. A total of eleven players turned up, and so the soccer club's history began.

1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.

OTD in 1877: Thomas Edison demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.

He demonstrated it at the USA's Scientific American office, the first of many demonstrations of the phonograph worldwide. Edison patented the phonograph on February 19, 1878, which was the start of audio recording and was very advanced for the time.

1775 Amateur British chemist Sir James Jay invented invisible ink.

After experimenting and narrowing down his secret ingredients to just two fluids, Jay would send letters to his brother John in the US. James Jay even sent letters to Benjamin Franklin warning him of Britain's plans for the forced submission of colonies.


Famous People Born On November 29

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Jeff Fahey. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1955 Howie Mandel

Canadian Comedian

Howie Mandel
67 years old
Born In:
Ontario, Canada

1976 Anna Faris

American Actress

Anna Faris
46 years old
Born In:
Maryland, USA

1964 Don Cheadle

American Actor

Don Cheadle
58 years old
Born In:
Missouri, USA

1952 Jeff Fahey

American Actor

Jeff Fahey
70 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1935 - 2020 David Prowse

David Prowse

David Prowse was an English bodybuilder born on July 1, 1935. He died on this day in 2020, at age 85 in London, England, UK.

1943 - 2001 George Harrison

George Harrison

George Harrison was an English musician born on February 25, 1943. He died on this day in 2001, at age 58 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Special Holidays On November 29

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

November 29: Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

No matter our best intentions, many of us don’t manage to get through all of our Thanksgiving leftovers, and they end up festering in the back of our fridges. Throw Out Your Leftovers Day is a well-timed reminder to bin anything you haven’t eaten yet before it gets too nasty!

November 29: Electronic Greetings Day

Electronic Greetings Day

Today we celebrate the often horrifyingly cute and obnoxious electronic greetings that we used to send to each other in the late 90s and early 2000s. So why not spam all your friends today with some e-cards to remind them how lucky we are that this trend died out?

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The Northern Lights can make popping, crackling, and other noises. It does not occur regularly, and it can be challenging to hear.

November 29 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on November 29th, your star sign is Sagittarius.

If you’re a Sagittarian, we know you love living life to the max, but you might wish to sometimes slow things down – just a notch, of course.

If your birthday is in November, your birthstone is the topaz. The name comes from Topazios, the Greek name for what is now known as St. John’s Island, an Egyptian island in the Red Sea.

Those who were born on Nov 29 were likely conceived the same year on March 8.

A baby that is conceived on this day will likely be born around August 22, 2024.

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