This Day in History 29/03
1549 – The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
1798 – Republic of Switzerland forms
1849 – Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India
1961 – After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
1998 – Vasco da Gama Road bridge opens in Lisbon, Portugal as the longest bridge in Europe
2004 – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
1790 – John Tyler, Va, (D/W) 10th Pres (1841-1845)
1912 – Robert Falcon Scott, British pole explorer, dies in Antarctica at 43
1959 – Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic’s 1st president, dies
1813 – John Tyler (23) later 10th US President, marries 1st wife Letitia Christian Tyler (22)