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1 Jan 1929
  • Trento was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ira Eaker served as the chief pilot aboard the aircraft "Question Mark" on a quest to break the endurance flight record. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Canada
  • Andrew McNaughton was promoted to the rank of major-general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Jan 1929
  • Ira Eaker completed a 7-day flight aboard "Question Mark", breaking the endurance flight record. He and the entire crew won Distinguished Flying Cross medals for this feat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Jan 1929

United States
  • P2Y aircraft took its first flight, piloted by Lieutenant A. W. Gorton out of Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jan 1929

Panama Canal Zone
  • Starting on this date and lasting through 27 Jan 1929, the US Navy aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Saratoga participated in their first exercise. Sailing with the opposing forces of Fleet Problem IX, Saratoga was detached on a southerly sweep against the Panama Canal, where she arrived undetected, and launched 69 aircraft on a mock dawn raid. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
24 Jan 1929

China
  • Choibalsan was made the 4th Chairman of the Presidium of the State Little Hural of the separatist Mongolian state in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Jan 1929
  • Quintin Brand was appointed the Engineer Office at the Aircraft Depot in Iraq. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Jan 1929
  • London was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Feb 1929
  • Wilhelm Keitel was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Feb 1929

Panama Canal Zone
8 Feb 1929

Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1929
Charles Lindbergh aboard USS Saratoga, 8 Feb 1929Charles Lindbergh in the cockpit of a F3B-1 carrier aircraft aboard USS Saratoga, 8 Feb 1929, photo 1 of 2Charles Lindbergh with pilots of US Navy squadron VB-2B aboard USS Saratoga, 8 Feb 1929Charles Lindbergh with officers and men of USS Saratoga, 8 Feb 1929
See all photos dated 8 Feb 1929
11 Feb 1929
  • Italy and Vatican City signed the Lateran Treaty. ww2dbase [CPC]
19 Feb 1929
  • Douglas Bader made his first solo flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Feb 1929
  • Henry Stimson stepped down from his position as the Governor-General of the Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 Feb 1929

Photo(s) dated 26 Feb 1929
Lexington sailing through aircraft-deployed smoke, off Panama, 26 Feb 1929
28 Feb 1929

China
  • Cadets entered the pilot training program at the Republic of China Military Academy in Nanjing, China. They were divided into two classes. ww2dbase [CPC]
4 Mar 1929

China
  • He Yingqin stepped down as a member of the budget committee. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Mar 1929

China
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Tianjin, China for a tour of Korea and Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Mar 1929

China
  • Kenkichi Ueda was made the commanding officer of the Japanese China Garrison Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Mar 1929

United Kingdom
  • Devonshire was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Mar 1929

Norway
  • Crown Prince Olav of Norway married his first and second cousin Princess Märtha of Sweden at Oslo Cathedral in Norway. ww2dbase [AC]
28 Mar 1929
  • Captain J. D. Campbell was named the commanding officer of HMS Hermes, replacing Captain G. Hopwood. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Henry Stimson became the United States Secretary of State. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japan withdrew troops from various Chinese cities in Shandong Province, China, moving them into the Japanese base in nearby Qingdao. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Mar 1929
  • Mutsu was assigned to Japanese Navy Battleship Division 3. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • In Russia, a new law was passed which restored to factory managers complete authority to direct or punish the workforce without reference to Trade Unions. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Apr 1929

China
  • Joseph Stilwell returned to Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Malta
  • HMS Falcon was established in southeastern Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Stephen Beattie was promoted to the rank of sub lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Apr 1929

United Kingdom United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt gave a 30-minute-long radio address as the governor of New York, United States; he would come to use this medium to communicate with his supporters for the remainder of his career. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Apr 1929

Germany
  • German engineer Karl Benz, generally regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile, died at home in Ladenburg, Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
5 Apr 1929

Brunei
  • Seria Well Number One (S-1) struck oil in Brunei. ww2dbase [CPC]
6 Apr 1929

Photo(s) dated 6 Apr 1929
Haguro in the final stages of fitting out, off Mutusbishi
8 Apr 1929
  • In Russia a new law banned religions from engaging in anything more than divine services. All study groups, bible circles, religious youth and women's movements, church reading rooms and libraries and all forms of religious education were banned. Tax levels were increased on all clergy and priests who tried to buy food in state shops were forced to pay a special deposit. Rules were altered on clerical residence rights forcing many priests to rely on the charity of their congregation for accommodation. ww2dbase [AC]
12 Apr 1929

Japan
17 Apr 1929
  • Königsberg was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Joseph Stilwell boarded USAT Grant in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1929

France
  • Foch was launched at Brest, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Apr 1929
27 Apr 1929

United Kingdom
  • Roderick Carr became a flight instructor with the No. 4 Flight Training School in Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 May 1929

United States
  • Benjamin Kelsey was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 May 1929

United States
  • USS Arizona entered Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States for modernization. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
7 May 1929

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell disembarked USAT Grant at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 May 1929

United Kingdom
  • The Bristol Bulldog biplane fighter entered service with No. 3 Squadron at RAF Upavon in Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
14 May 1929

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell departed San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 May 1929
  • The Republic of China established the Order of the Precious Tripod. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 May 1929

Japan
29 May 1929

Japan
31 May 1929

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived at New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jun 1929

United States
  • Captain Ralph A. Koch was named the commanding officer of USS Marblehead, replacing Captain Harry Kimball Cage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell began a period of leave in the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Jun 1929

United Kingdom
  • Oswald Mosley was made the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Jun 1929

United Kingdom
  • Miss Margaret Grace Bondfield (born 1873) became the first woman to hold a (minor) British government post as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour in the Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald. ww2dbase [AC]
17 Jun 1929

United States
  • Louise Cromwell Brooks MacArthur received decree of divorce from Douglas MacArthur at Reno, Nevada, United States, on the grounds of "failure to provide". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jul 1929
  • Quintin Brand was promoted to the rank of wing commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • Edumnd Herring was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Vice Admiral Kanjiro Hara was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Jul 1929

China
  • Lieutenant General Huang Bingheng was named the commanding officer of the pilot training program at the Republic of China Military Academy in Nanjing, China, relieving Lieutenant General Zhang Jingyu. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Jul 1929
  • During "Parasite" experiments Lieutenant A. W. Gordon successfully hooked his Vought VO-2 observation biplane onto the airship USS Los Angeles. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Heavy cruiser Chester was launched at Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
9 Jul 1929

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell ended a period of leave in the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Jul 1929

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell was made an instructor in tactics at Fort Benning, Georgia, Unietd States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jul 1929
  • A secret decree of the Council of the People's Commissars of the Soviet Union established the Gulag system. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Jul 1929
  • The 12-engined Do X flying boat took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Jul 1929
  • USS Arizona received a reduced commission status while she was undergoing modernization. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Jul 1929

United Kingdom
  • HMS Exeter was launched at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
25 Jul 1929

Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1929
Frank Kellogg and Henry Stimson at the State, War, and Navy Building, Washington DC, United States, 25 Jul 1929
26 Jul 1929

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort received orders to transfer to Japan to study the Japanese language. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jul 1929

Switzerland
  • The "Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva July 27, 1929", commonly known as the Geneva Convention, was signed in Geneva, Switzerland. ww2dbase [CPC]
30 Jul 1929

Taiwan
  • Eizo Ishizuka was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
31 Jul 1929
1 Aug 1929
  • Iwane Matsui was named the commanding officer of the 11th Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Korechika Anami was made an army advisor to Emperor Showa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • General Jiro Minami was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Hanzo Kanaya. Minami named Lieutenant General Kotaro Nakamura as his chief of staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Aug 1929
  • In Russia a subsidiary law ensured that religious clerics did not become a financial burden on the State by removing all rights to welfare, pensions or health insurance. ww2dbase [AC]
8 Aug 1929
  • The German airship Graf Zeppelin began a round-the-world flight. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Heinrich Himmler's daughter Gudrun was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Aug 1929
Portrait of Stimson, 8 Aug 1929, photo 1 of 2Portrait of Stimson, 8 Aug 1929, photo 2 of 2
9 Aug 1929
  • Quintin Brand was appointed Senior Engineering Officer, RAF Depot, Middle East. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Aug 1929

Photo(s) dated 14 Aug 1929
Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King at the Moorside on the Mackenzie King Estate, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 14 Aug 1929
15 Aug 1929

Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1929
The 100-ft mooring mast on the Ewa Plain, Oahu, Hawaii, Aug 15, 1929.
17 Aug 1929
  • Rudolf Höss married Hedwig Hensel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Masahiro Ota succeeded Kenjiro Kinoshita as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Rudolf Höss married Hedwig Hensel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Aug 1929

Brunei
  • Seria Well Number Two (S-2) was drilled in Brunei. ww2dbase [CPC]
20 Aug 1929 Japan
21 Aug 1929

Photo(s) dated 21 Aug 1929
Oklahoma off the Philadelphia Navy Yard after modernization, 21 Aug 1929
31 Aug 1929
  • The Young Plan, which set the total WW1 reparations owed by Germany at US$26,350,000,000 to be paid over a period of 58 1/2 years, was finalized. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Sep 1929

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima stepped down as the Vice Chief Gunnery Office of battleship Haruna and was assigned to the gunnery department of Sasebo Naval District in Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Sep 1929

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort, his wife, and his son boarded the passenger ship President Adams at San Francisco, California, United States, bound for Kobe, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Sep 1929
  • Asama Maru was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Sep 1929

France
  • Lorraine began a period of refitting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Sep 1929

United States
  • Flying a Consolidated NY-2 Husky biplane, equipped with a Sperry artificial horizon, directional gyro, and a Kollsman altimeter, Lieutenant James H. Doolittle USAAC, completed the first successful blind take-off circuit and landing at Mitchell field, Long Island, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Benjamin Kelsey flew with James Doolittle as his safety pilot during the first fully blind instrument flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Sep 1929

Japan
  • Joseph Rochefort arrived at Kobe, Japan via passenger ship President Adams. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Sep 1929

Japan
  • Joseph Rochefort reported in to the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Oct 1929
  • Erwin Rommel became an instructor at the Infantry School in Dresden, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Werner von Blomberg was promoted to the rank of Generalleutnant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Oct 1929

Germany
  • German Foreign Minister Gustav Stresemann passed away from a stroke in Berlin, Germany. The strongest figure in the Weimar government, Stresemann had negotiated the reduction in reparations and the treaty of Locarno, as well as getting Germany a seat in the League of Nations. In 1926 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As Foreign Minister he believed that Germany was destined eventually to dominate Europe, but meanwhile should remain conciliatory with the British, French and Americans. His death left the Weimar government considerably weakened. ww2dbase [AC]
9 Oct 1929
  • Roger Backhouse was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Oct 1929
  • The Do X aircraft took its 70th test flight, breaking a record with 169 people on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1929
Passengers aboard Do X aircraft as it broke a world record of total passengers aboard, on Lake Constance on the border of Germany and Switzerland, 21 Oct 1929Crew and passengers of Do X aircraft, on the Switzerland side of Lake Constance, 21 Oct 1929Passenger boats pulling up next to Do X aircraft on Lake Constance, Altenrhein, Switzerland, 21 Oct 1929Do X aircraft on Lake Constance, Altenrhein, Switzerland, 21 Oct 1929
28 Oct 1929

United States
  • Black Monday: In the United States, Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 13% on the stock market. ww2dbase [AC]
29 Oct 1929

Hong Kong
  • HMS Hermes arrived in Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Black Tuesday: In the United States, Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 12% on the stock market. ww2dbase [CPC]
30 Oct 1929
  • Lieutenant Commander Katsuno was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Koichi Shiozawa was named the chief of staff of the Japanese 1st Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Nov 1929

Germany
  • Josias joined the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The conversion of a Tosa-class battleship hull to a fleet carrier completed at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, Japan. She was commissioned into Japanese Navy service as Kaga. In her original configuration, she sported three flight decks that form a series of ramps at the bow. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Isoroku Yamamoto was relieved as the commanding officer of Akagi; the successor was unknown. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshio Hachiya was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshiyuki Niiyama, commanding officer of Nachi, took on a dual role as the commanding officer of cruiser Myoko. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
6 Nov 1929
  • Karlsruhe was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Nov 1929

France
  • The keel of French cruiser Dupleix was laid down by the Arsenal de Brest in France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Nov 1929

Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Seizaburo Mitsui was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Nov 1929

China
  • Sun Du was named the chairman of Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Nov 1929
  • Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became a staff officer with Japanese Navy Destroyer Squadron 2. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of captain and was given command of the light cruiser Naka. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was named the commanding officer of heavy cruiser Kako. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
1 Dec 1929

Japan
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was named the commanding officer of the Training Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Dec 1929

Tajikistan
  • The Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic was formed. ww2dbase [CPC]
11 Dec 1929
  • Salt Lake City was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Dec 1929

China
  • Cadets of the pilot training program at the Republic of China Military Academy in Nanjing, China was ordered to participate in the Central Plains War by flying reconnaissance missions. ww2dbase [CPC]
27 Dec 1929
  • Stalin called for the liquidation of the Kulaks (peasant speculators) as a class. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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