Elsewhere in 1929

January 6 – King Alexander of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes suspends his country’s constitution
January 10 – The first appearance of Hergé’s Belgian comic book hero Tintin, as Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, begins serialization in Le Petit Vingtième.
January 17 – The comic strip hero Popeye first appears in Thimble Theatre
January 29 – All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues), by Erich Maria Remarque, is published in book form.
February 9 – ”Litvinov’s Pact” is signed in Moscow by the Soviet Union, Poland, Estonia, Romania and Latvia, who agree not to use force to settle disputes between themselves.
February 11 – The Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See of the Catholic Church sign the Lateran Treaty, to establish the Vatican City as an independent sovereign enclave within Rome, resolving the ”Roman Question”.
February 14 – In the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, five gangsters (rivals of Al Capone), plus a civilian, are shot dead in Chicago.
March 4 – The National Revolutionary Party (Partido Nacional Revolucionario) is established in Mexico, by ex-President Plutarco Elías Calles. Under a succession of names, it will hold power in the country continuously for the next 71 years
April 14 – The inaugural Monaco Grand Prix is won by William Grover-Williams, driving a Bugatti.
May 16 – The 1st Academy Awards are presented in a 15-minute ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, honoring the best movies of 1927 and 1928, Wings (1927) winning Best Picture.
May 20 – The Wickersham Commission begins its investigation of organized crime, following alcohol Prohibition in the United States.
June 8 – Ramsay MacDonald forms the United Kingdom’s second Labour government.
June 21 – An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow helps end the Cristero War in Mexico.
July 25 – Pope Pius XI emerges from the Apostolic Palace, and enters St. Peter’s Square in a huge procession witnessed by about 250,000 persons, thus ending nearly 60 years of self-imposed status by the papacy as Prisoner in the Vatican.
August 8–29 – German rigid airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin makes a circumnavigation of the Northern Hemisphere, including the first nonstop flight of any kind across the Pacific Ocean
August 16 – The 1929 Palestine riots break out between Palestinians and Jews in Mandatory Palestine, and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Palestinians are killed.
August 31 – The Young Plan, which sets the total World War I reparations owed by Germany at US$26,350,000,000 to be paid over a period of 58½ years, is finalized.
September 30 – Fritz von Opel pilots the first rocket-powered aircraft, the Opel RAK.1, in front of a large crowd in Frankfurt am Main.
October 12 – In the Australian federal election, The Labor Party, led by James Scullin, defeats the Nationalist and Country Coalition Government, led by Prime Minister Stanley Bruce, who loses his own seat
October 24–29 – Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange
October 29 -William C. Durant joins with the Rockefeller family and other financial giants to buy large quantities of stocks, but their efforts fail to stop the large decline in prices.
November 7 – In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opens to the public. The first exhibition Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh and Seurat (November 7 – December 7) is seen by 47.000 visitors
December 27 – Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the ”liquidation of the kulaks as a class”
December 28 – Black Saturday in Samoa – New Zealand colonial police kill 11 unarmed demonstrators, an event which leads the Mau movement to demand independence for Samoa.

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