1942, 29 January - World War II: North Africa
Benghazi, Libya, is taken by German and Italian forces.
1966, 29 January
Britain imposes a complete trade ban on Rhodesia.
1986, 29 January
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni becomes president of Uganda. Museveni's National Resistance Movement, NRM, took power after an army coup removed Apollo Milton Obote from office. (The army's military rule had been particularly ineffectual, and lasted for just under a month.)
1993, 29 January
French marines land in Kinshasa, Zaire, to free French nationals confined to the embassy.