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1 Jan 1929
  • Ira Eaker served as the chief pilot aboard the aircraft "Question Mark" on a quest to break the endurance flight record. ww2dbase [Ira Eaker | CPC]
  • Trento was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Trento | CPC]
Canada
  • Andrew McNaughton was promoted to the rank of major-general. ww2dbase [Andrew McNaughton | CPC]
5 Jan 1929

Germany
  • Major worker strikes ended at Atlas Werke AG in Bremen, Germany; nevertheless, several contracts were lost to foreign competitors. ww2dbase [Atlas Werke AG | Bremen, Weser-Ems | AG]
6 Jan 1929

Germany
  • Heinrich Himmler was named the leader of the Schutzstaffel (SS) organization within the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | 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 [Ira Eaker | 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 [P2Y | Washington | 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 [Saratoga | 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 [Choibalsan | Mongolia | CPC]
28 Jan 1929

United Kingdom
  • Amy Johnson earned her pilot's certificate in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Amy Johnson | England | CPC]
29 Jan 1929
  • Quintin Brand was appointed the Engineer Office at the Aircraft Depot in Iraq. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
31 Jan 1929
  • London was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [London | CPC]
China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
1 Feb 1929
  • Wilhelm Keitel was promoted to the rank of Oberstleutnant. ww2dbase [Wilhelm Keitel | 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 [Douglas Bader | CPC]
23 Feb 1929
  • Henry Stimson stepped down from his position as the Governor-General of the Philippines. ww2dbase [Henry Stimson | 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 [Nanjing | CPC]
4 Mar 1929

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

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

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

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

Norway
  • Crown Prince Olav of Norway married his first and second cousin Princess M√§rtha of Sweden at Oslo Cathedral in Norway. ww2dbase [Oslo | AC]
28 Mar 1929
  • Henry Stimson became the United States Secretary of State. ww2dbase [Henry Stimson | CPC]
  • Captain J. D. Campbell was named the commanding officer of HMS Hermes, replacing Captain G. Hopwood. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
China
  • Japan withdrew troops from various Chinese cities in Shandong Province, China, moving them into the Japanese base in nearby Qingdao. ww2dbase [Qingdao, Shandong | CPC]
29 Mar 1929
  • 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]
  • Mutsu was assigned to Japanese Navy Battleship Division 3. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
1 Apr 1929

China Malta
  • HMS Falcon was established in southeastern Malta. ww2dbase [RAF Hal Far | Hal Far | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Stephen Beattie was promoted to the rank of sub lieutenant. ww2dbase [Stephen Beattie | CPC]
3 Apr 1929

United Kingdom
  • RMS Queen Mary was ordered. ww2dbase [Queen Mary | CPC]
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 [Franklin Roosevelt | New York | 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 [Ladenburg | 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
  • K√∂nigsberg was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [K√∂nigsberg | CPC]
China
  • Joseph Stilwell boarded USAT Grant in China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
24 Apr 1929

France
25 Apr 1929
  • Haguro was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Haguro | CPC]
27 Apr 1929

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

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

United States
7 May 1929

United States
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 [Upavon, England | AC]
14 May 1929

United States
15 May 1929
  • The Republic of China established the Order of the Precious Tripod. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 May 1929

Japan
  • Emperor Showa boarded Nachi for his tour of the Kansai region, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
29 May 1929

Japan
  • Emperor Showa disembarked Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
31 May 1929

United States
1 Jun 1929

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

United Kingdom
  • Oswald Mosley was made the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. ww2dbase [Oswald Mosley | 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 [London, England | AC]
9 Jun 1929

United Kingdom
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 [Douglas MacArthur | Reno, Nevada | CPC]
1 Jul 1929
  • Quintin Brand was promoted to the rank of wing commander. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
Australia
  • Edumnd Herring was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. ww2dbase [Edmund Herring | CPC]
Korea
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 [Nanjing | 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
6 Jul 1929

United Kingdom
  • Amy Johnson earned her "A" License for aviation in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Amy Johnson | England | CPC]
9 Jul 1929

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

United States
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 [Do X | CPC]
15 Jul 1929
  • USS Arizona received a reduced commission status while she was undergoing modernization. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
17 Jul 1929

Australia
  • Peter Drummond married Isabel Drake-Brockman at St John's Anglican Church in Toorak, Victoria, Australia. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | Toorak, Victoria | CPC]
18 Jul 1929

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

Germany
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 [Joseph Rochefort | 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 [Geneva | CPC]
30 Jul 1929

Taiwan
  • Eizo Ishizuka was named the governor-general of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
31 Jul 1929
  • Myoko was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Myoko | CPC]
1 Aug 1929
  • Iwane Matsui was named the commanding officer of the 11th Division. ww2dbase [Iwane Matsui | CPC]
Japan
  • Korechika Anami was made an army advisor to Emperor Showa. ww2dbase [Korechika Anami | 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 [Jiro Minami | 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 [Heinrich Himmler | 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 [Quintin Brand | 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 China
  • Masahiro Ota succeeded Kenjiro Kinoshita as the Governor-General of Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
19 Aug 1929

Brunei
  • Seria Well Number Two (S-2) was drilled in Brunei. ww2dbase [CPC]
20 Aug 1929
  • Ashigara was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Ashigara | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Ibo Takahashi was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
21 Aug 1929

Photo(s) dated 21 Aug 1929
Oklahoma off the Philadelphia Navy Yard after modernization, 21 Aug 1929
26 Aug 1929

Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1929
Screws and stern of the cruiser Northampton on the ways ten days before her launching, Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 26 Aug 1929. Note the man standing on the scaffold next to the propeller shaft.
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 [Masafumi Arima | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
United States
6 Sep 1929

China 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 [Joseph Rochefort | San Francisco, California | CPC]
15 Sep 1929
  • Asama Maru was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Asama Maru | CPC]
17 Sep 1929

France
  • Lorraine began a period of refitting. ww2dbase [Lorraine | 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 [James Doolittle | Hempstead, New York | AC]
  • Benjamin Kelsey flew with James Doolittle as his safety pilot during the first fully blind instrument flight. ww2dbase [Benjamin Kelsey | CPC]
25 Sep 1929

Japan
27 Sep 1929

Japan
28 Sep 1929

Japan
  • Joseph Rochefort reported in to the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Tokyo | CPC]
1 Oct 1929
  • Erwin Rommel became an instructor at the Infantry School in Dresden, Germany. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Werner von Blomberg was promoted to the rank of Generalleutnant. ww2dbase [Werner von Blomberg | 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 [Berlin | AC]
9 Oct 1929
  • Roger Backhouse was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Roger Backhouse | CPC]
21 Oct 1929
  • The Do X aircraft took its 70th test flight, breaking a record with 169 people on board. ww2dbase [Do X | 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 [New York | AC]
29 Oct 1929

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

Germany
  • Josias joined the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [Josias | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Isoroku Yamamoto was relieved as the commanding officer of Akagi; the successor was unknown. ww2dbase [Akagi | CPC]
  • 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 [Sasebo Naval Arsenal | Kaga | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshio Hachiya was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshiyuki Niiyama, commanding officer of Nachi, took on a dual role as the commanding officer of cruiser Myoko. ww2dbase [Myoko | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to Yokosuka Sailor Corps. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
6 Nov 1929
  • Karlsruhe was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Karlsruhe | CPC]
14 Nov 1929

France
  • The keel of French cruiser Dupleix was laid down by the Arsenal de Brest in France. ww2dbase [Dupleix | Brest, Bretagne | 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 [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
21 Nov 1929

China
  • Sun Du was named the chairman of Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Sun Du | Yunnan | CPC]
22 Nov 1929

Russia
  • Battleship Parizhskava Kommuna and light cruiser Profintern (later renamed Krasny Krim) departed Leningrad, Russia for the long journey to the Black Sea. ww2dbase [Parizhskava Kommuna | Leningrad | AC]
30 Nov 1929
  • Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Isoroku Yamamoto | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became a staff officer with Japanese Navy Destroyer Squadron 2. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of captain and was given command of the light cruiser Naka. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was named the commanding officer of heavy cruiser Kako. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Captain Sadae Chiya was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • An unknown officer assumed command of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Nobufusa Wada was made the commanding officer of Maizuru work department in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
1 Dec 1929

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

Tajikistan
  • The Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic was formed. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 Dec 1929
  • Kamoi was placed under the command of a new captain. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
11 Dec 1929
  • Salt Lake City was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Salt Lake City | CPC]
13 Dec 1929

Germany
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 [Nanjing | CPC]
27 Dec 1929
  • Stalin called for the liquidation of the Kulaks (peasant speculators) as a class. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | AC]

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




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