This Day in Pop Culture for April 29

2015: Baseball’s Record Low Attendance

On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, an African American resident of Baltimore, Maryland was arrested by the local police but sustained injuries to his neck and fell into a coma. On April 18, riots protesting Gray’s mistreatment began and continued for weeks. On the 29th, a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox was held behind closed doors and no fans were allowed inside to watch. It was the first Major League Baseball game with zero attendance.

Movies Released

  • Bloodsport (1988)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Mother’s Day (2016)
  • Prom (2011)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • The Mating Game (1959)
  • xXx: State of the Union (2005)

TV Series Debuts

  • My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (2012)
  • The Hockey Girls (2019)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1863: William Randolph Hearst (publisher)
  • 1899: Duke Ellington (band leader)
  • 1933: Willie Nelson (singer)
  • 1951: Dale Earnhardt (race car driver)
  • 1952: Nora Dunn (actress)
  • 1954: Jerry Seinfeld (comedian)
  • 1955: Kate Mulgrew (actress)
  • 1957: Daniel Day-Lewis (actor)
  • 1958: Michelle Pfeiffer (actress)
  • 1958: Eve Plumb (actress)
  • 1968: Carnie Wilson (singer)
  • 1970: Andre Agassi (tennis player)
  • 1970: Uma Thurman (actress)

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