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    • July 29, 1014 "Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army, and his subsequent savage treatment of 15,000 prisoners reportedly causes Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria to die of shock."

    • July 29, 1030 Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad - King Olaf II fights and dies trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.

    • July 29, 1095 "Hungary's Ladislas I conquers Croatia and Dalmatia, where he introduces Catholicism, founds the bishopric of Zagreb (Agram), persecutes the heathen, but dies suddenly at age 55 just as he is about to join the crusade
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    • July 29, 1565 "Mary Queen of Scots, widowed, marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Duke of Albany at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland."

    • July 29, 1567 James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling. Regarded as 'The Wisest Fool in Christendom' he succeeded to the English throne in 1603

    • July 29, 1588 Attacking Spanish Armada defeated & scattered by English defenders

    • July 29, 1693 War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen - France wins a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.

    • July 29, 1715 10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by hurricane

    • July 29, 1773 "The first schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mtns completed, Schoenbrunn, OH"

    • July 29, 1786 "The first newspaper published west of Alleghenies, Pitts Gazette"

    • July 29, 1793 "John Graves Simcoe decides to build a fort and settlement at Toronto, having sailed into the bay there."

    • July 29, 1830 Abdication of Charles X of France.

    • July 29, 1835 The first sugar plantation in Hawaii begins

    • July 29, 1836 Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

    • July 29, 1844 New York Yacht Club forms

    • July 29, 1847 "Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States."

    • July 29, 1848 "Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - In Tipperary, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police."

    • July 29, 1851 Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.

    • July 29, 1858 The first commercial treaty between US & Japan signed

    • July 29, 1858 United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.

    • July 29, 1858 US citizens allowed to live anywhere in Japan

    • July 29, 1874 Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court

    • July 29, 1899 Southern Calif Golf Assn formed

    • July 29, 1899 The First Hague Convention is signed.

    • July 29, 1899 "The first motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY"

    • July 29, 1900 "In Monza, Italy, King Umberto I was shot to death by Gaetano Bresci, an Italian-born anarchist who had resided in America before returning to his homeland to murder the king"

    • July 29, 1907 "Sir Robert Baden-Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp ran from August 1-9, 1907, and is regarded as the founding of the Scouting movement."

    • July 29, 1908 St Louis Browns Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Phila Athletics

    • July 29, 1909 The Buick Motor Company acquired the Cadillac Motor Company on behalf of General Motors for $4.5 million on this day in 1909.

    • July 29, 1915 "US marines land in Haiti, stay until 1924"

    • July 29, 1920 Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.

    • July 29, 1921 Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

    • July 29, 1928 "Walt Disney's ""Steamboat Willie"" is released"

    • July 29, 1930 "115? F (46? C), Holly Springs, Mississippi (state record)"

    • July 29, 1932 "Great Depression: In Washington, DC, U.S. troops disperse the last of the ""Bonus Army"" of World War I veterans."

    • July 29, 1936 "RCA shows the first real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)"

    • July 29, 1938 Olympic National Park established

    • July 29, 1945 The BBC Light Programme radio station was launched for mainstream light entertainment and music.

    • July 29, 1947 "After being shut off on November 9, 1946 for a memory upgrade, ENIAC, the world's first all-electronic digital computer, is reactivated. It will remain in continuous operation until October 2, 1955."

    • July 29, 1947 "ENIAC, one of the world's first digital computers, was turned back on after receiving a memory implant on this day in 1947"

    • July 29, 1947 "Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg Va"

    • July 29, 1948 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London

    • July 29, 1948 "Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad - After a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin opened in London."

    • July 29, 1952 The first nonstop transpacific flight by a jet

    • July 29, 1956 "Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)"

    • July 29, 1957 International Atomic Energy Agency established by UN

    • July 29, 1957 Jack Paar's Tonight show premiers

    • July 29, 1958 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running

    • July 29, 1959 First Congressional elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.

    • July 29, 1960 J Schubart discovers asteroid #2000 Herschel

    • July 29, 1960 "Suzanne Cundale (nee Finney) born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. And didn't she turn out well!!!"

    • July 29, 1961 Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory

    • July 29, 1965 "Beatles movie ""Help"" premiers, Queen Elizabeth attends"

    • July 29, 1965 Gemini 5 returned after 12d 7h 11m 53s

    • July 29, 1966 "American magazine Datebook releases issue with the Beatles article from the London Evening Standard four months ago which includes John Lennon's ""more popular than Jesus"" statement, setting off a furor resulting the trashing and burning of Beatles records and merchandise and the banning of Beatles songs on radio"

    • July 29, 1966 Musician Bob Dylan crashes his Triumph motorcycle in upstate New York. He goes into seclusion for over a year before reemerging and reinventing himself artistically.

    • July 29, 1967 "At the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela was shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead."

    • July 29, 1967 "Explosion & Fire aboard carrier USS Forrestal in Gulf of Tonkin kills 134, $100 million in damage"

    • July 29, 1967 Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage

    • July 29, 1967 "Vietnam War: Off the coast of North Vietnam the USS Forrestal catches on fire in the worst U.S. naval disaster since World War II, killing 134."

    • July 29, 1968 "Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption"

    • July 29, 1968 Pope Paul VI reaffirms stand against artificial birth control

    • July 29, 1969 Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars

    • July 29, 1970 6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct

    • July 29, 1973 Greek plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy

    • July 29, 1974 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by the House Judiciary Committee

    • July 29, 1974 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base

    • July 29, 1975 Ford became first US pres to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz

    • July 29, 1978 "600,000 attend ""Summer Jam"" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY"

    • July 29, 1978 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m

    • July 29, 1978 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings

    • July 29, 1981 "Lady Diana Spencer marries Charles, Prince of Wales."

    • July 29, 1981 "Nearly four billion people in seventy-four countries tuned in to witness the marriage of Charles, heir to the British throne, to a young English schoolteacher named Lady Diana Spence"

    • July 29, 1981 Prince Charles of England weds Lady Diana Spencer

    • July 29, 1982 Andy Taylor of rock group Duran Duran weds Tracie Wilson

    • July 29, 1983 """Friday Night Videos"" premiers on NBC TV"

    • July 29, 1983 (James) David (Graham) Niven Academy Award-winning actor died

    • July 29, 1983 "Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak"

    • July 29, 1985 19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched

    • July 29, 1987 Ben & Jerry's & Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor Cherry Garcia

    • July 29, 1987 Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayawardene sign the Indo-Lankan Pact on ethnic issue.

    • July 29, 1988 "FDIC bails out first Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion"

    • July 29, 1988 "Gorbachev pushes plan electing president & parliament in March, 1989"

    • July 29, 1988 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit

    • July 29, 1988 Last US Playboy Club (Lansing Mich) closes sigh

    • July 29, 1988 "South African govt bans anti-apartheid film ""Cry Freedom"""

    • July 29, 1993 The Israeli Supreme Court acquits accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges and he is set free.

    • July 29, 1996 The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.

    • July 29, 2005 Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.

    • July 29, 2007 The ruling coalition of Japan lost its majority in the upper house after the election.







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