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29th of July 0238 EVENT The Praetorian Guard stormed the palace and capture Pupienus and Balbinus. They are dragged through the streets of Rome and executed. On the same day Gordian III, age 13, is proclaimed emperor.
29th of July 0615 EVENT Pakal ascends the throne of Palenque at age 12.
29th of July 0904 EVENT Sack of Thessalonica: Saracen raiders under Leo of Tripoli sack Thessalonica, the Byzantine Empire's second-largest city, after a short siege, and plunder it for a week.
29th of July 1014 EVENT Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion : Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army, and his subsequent treatment of 15,000 prisoners reportedly causes Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria to die of a heart attack several months later, on October 6.
29th of July 1030 EVENT Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad : King Olaf II fights and dies trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
29th of July 1565 EVENT The widowed Mary, Queen of Scots, marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Duke of Albany, at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland.
29th of July 1567 EVENT James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling.
29th of July 1588 EVENT Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines : English naval forces under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake defeat the Spanish Armada off the coast of Gravelines, France.
29th of July 1693 EVENT War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen : France wins a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
29th of July 1793 EVENT John Graves Simcoe decides to build a fort and settlement at Toronto, having sailed into the bay there.
29th of July 1830 EVENT Abdication of Charles X of France.
29th of July 1836 EVENT Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
29th of July 1847 EVENT Cumberland School of Law is founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, United States, one of only 15 law schools to exist in the United States at the end of 1847.
29th of July 1848 EVENT Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt : in Tipperary, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police.
29th of July 1851 EVENT Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.
29th of July 1858 EVENT United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.
29th of July 1864 EVENT American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C..
29th of July 1899 EVENT The First Hague Convention is signed.
29th of July 1900 EVENT In Italy, King Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci.
29th of July 1901 EVENT The Socialist Party of America is founded.
29th of July 1907 EVENT Sir Robert Baden Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp runs from August 1 to August 9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.
29th of July 1920 EVENT Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.
29th of July 1921 EVENT Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
29th of July 1932 EVENT Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans.
29th of July 1937 EVENT Tongzhou Incident: in Tongzhou (China), the East Hopei Army attacks Japanese troops and civilians.
29th of July 1945 EVENT The BBC Light Programme radio station is launched for mainstream light entertainment and music.
29th of July 1948 EVENT 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, open in London.
29th of July 1957 EVENT The International Atomic Energy Agency is established.
29th of July 1958 EVENT U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
29th of July 1959 EVENT First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
29th of July 1965 EVENT Vietnam War: the first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay.
29th of July 1967 EVENT 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.
29th of July 1967 EVENT During the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela is shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead.
29th of July 1976 EVENT In New York City, David Berkowitz (aka the "Son of Sam") kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.
29th of July 1981 EVENT A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
29th of July 1987 EVENT British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France Francois Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel (Eurotunnel).
29th of July 1987 EVENT Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and President of Sri Lanka J. R. Jayawardene sign the Indo-Lankan Pact on ethnic issues.
29th of July 1988 EVENT The film Cry Freedom is seized by South African authorities.
29th of July 1993 EVENT The Israeli Supreme Court acquits alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges and he is set free.
29th of July 1996 EVENT The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act is struck down by a U.S. federal court as too broad .
29th of July 2005 EVENT Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.
29th of July 1166 BIRTHDAY Henry II, Count of Champagne and King of Jerusalem (d. 1197)
29th of July 1605 BIRTHDAY Simon Dach, German poet (d. 1659)
29th of July 1763 BIRTHDAY Philip Charles Durham, Scottish Royal Navy Admiral (d. 1845)
29th of July 1797 BIRTHDAY Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
29th of July 1801 BIRTHDAY George Bradshaw, English publisher (d. 1853)
29th of July 1805 BIRTHDAY Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and political scientist (d. 1859)
29th of July 1806 BIRTHDAY Horace Abbott, American iron manufacturer (d. 1887)
29th of July 1817 BIRTHDAY Ivan Aivazovsky, Armenian-Russian painter (d. 1900)
29th of July 1843 BIRTHDAY Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (d. 1901)
29th of July 1846 BIRTHDAY Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (d. 1921)
29th of July 1849 BIRTHDAY Max Nordau, Austrian-Hungarian writer and Zionist leader (d. 1923)
29th of July 1869 BIRTHDAY Booth Tarkington, American novelist and dramatist (d. 1946)
29th of July 1872 BIRTHDAY Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
29th of July 1874 BIRTHDAY James Shaver Woodsworth, Canadian politician (d. 1942)
29th of July 1876 BIRTHDAY Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-born American actress (d. 1949)
29th of July 1878 BIRTHDAY Don Marquis, American author (d. 1937)
29th of July 1883 BIRTHDAY Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist dictator (d. 1945)
29th of July 1883 BIRTHDAY Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian poet and writer (d. 1942)
29th of July 1884 BIRTHDAY Ralph A. Bard, U.S. Navy Undersecretary (d. 1975)
29th of July 1885 BIRTHDAY Theda Bara, American film actress (d. 1955)
29th of July 1887 BIRTHDAY Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born American composer (d. 1951)
29th of July 1891 BIRTHDAY Bernhard Zondek German-born Israeli gynecologist, developer of first reliable pregnancy test (d. 1966)
29th of July 1892 BIRTHDAY William Powell, American actor (d. 1984)
29th of July 1897 BIRTHDAY Sir Neil Ritchie, British general (d. 1983)
29th of July 1898 BIRTHDAY Isidor Isaac Rabi, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1988)
29th of July 1899 BIRTHDAY Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
29th of July 1900 BIRTHDAY Don Redman, American jazz trumpeter, oboist and pianist (d. 1964)
29th of July 1900 BIRTHDAY Eyvind Johnson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1976)
29th of July 1904 BIRTHDAY J. R. D. Tata, France-born Indian aviation pioneer and industrialist (d. 1993)
29th of July 1905 BIRTHDAY Clara Bow, American actress (d. 1965)
29th of July 1905 BIRTHDAY Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish 2nd UN Secretary-General, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (d. 1961)
29th of July 1905 BIRTHDAY Thelma Todd, American actress (d. 1935)
29th of July 1905 BIRTHDAY Stanley Kunitz, American poet (d. 2006)
29th of July 1906 BIRTHDAY Diana Vreeland, French-born American fashion editor (d. 1989)
29th of July 1907 BIRTHDAY Melvin Belli, American lawyer and actor (d. 1996)
29th of July 1909 BIRTHDAY Chester Himes, American novelist (d. 1984)
29th of July 1911 BIRTHDAY Archbishop Iakovos of America, Turkish-born Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America (d. 2005)
29th of July 1911 BIRTHDAY Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
29th of July 1913 BIRTHDAY Erich Priebke, German Nazi war criminal
29th of July 1914 BIRTHDAY Irwin Corey, American stand-up comedian
29th of July 1915 BIRTHDAY Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)
29th of July 1915 BIRTHDAY Bruce R. McConkie, American Mormon apostle and writer (d. 1985)
29th of July 1916 BIRTHDAY Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942)
29th of July 1916 BIRTHDAY Budd Boetticher, American film director (d. 2001)
29th of July 1917 BIRTHDAY Rochus Misch, German courier, bodyguard and telephone operator for Adolf Hitler, the last survivor of the Fuhrerbunker
29th of July 1918 BIRTHDAY Edwin O'Connor, American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner (d. 1968)
29th of July 1920 BIRTHDAY Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
29th of July 1920 BIRTHDAY Rodolfo Acosta, Mexican actor (d. 1974)
29th of July 1921 BIRTHDAY Richard Egan, American actor (d. 1987)
29th of July 1923 BIRTHDAY Jim Marshall, English founder of Marshall Amplification
29th of July 1923 BIRTHDAY Gordon Mitchell, American actor (d. 2003)
29th of July 1924 BIRTHDAY Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (d. 2005)
29th of July 1924 BIRTHDAY Robert Horton, American actor
29th of July 1924 BIRTHDAY Elizabeth Short, American waitress, victim in the Black Dahlia case (d. 1947)
29th of July 1925 BIRTHDAY Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer
29th of July 1925 BIRTHDAY Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player
29th of July 1927 BIRTHDAY Harry Mulisch, Dutch novelist, playwright, essayist and poet
29th of July 1930 BIRTHDAY Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer
29th of July 1932 BIRTHDAY Nancy Kassebaum Baker, United States Senator from Kansas
29th of July 1933 BIRTHDAY Lou Albano, American pro wrestling manager (d. 2009)
29th of July 1933 BIRTHDAY Robert Fuller, American actor
29th of July 1933 BIRTHDAY Colin Davis, British racing driver
29th of July 1935 BIRTHDAY Peter Schreier, German tenor
29th of July 1936 BIRTHDAY Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Senator from North Carolina
29th of July 1937 BIRTHDAY Daniel McFadden, American economist, Nobel Prize Laureate
29th of July 1938 BIRTHDAY Jean Rochon, Quebec politician
29th of July 1938 BIRTHDAY Peter Jennings, Canadian-born American journalist (d. 2005)
29th of July 1941 BIRTHDAY David Warner, English actor
29th of July 1941 BIRTHDAY Jennifer Dunn, American politician (d. 2007)
29th of July 1942 BIRTHDAY Tony Sirico, American actor
29th of July 1943 BIRTHDAY David Taylor, English snooker player
29th of July 1945 BIRTHDAY Mircea Lucescu, Romanian football manager
29th of July 1946 BIRTHDAY Ximena Armas, Chilean painter
29th of July 1946 BIRTHDAY Diane Keen, English actress
29th of July 1946 BIRTHDAY Neal Doughty, American keyboardist (REO Speedwagon)
29th of July 1947 BIRTHDAY Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006)
29th of July 1949 BIRTHDAY Jamil Mahuad, 51st President of Ecuador
29th of July 1949 BIRTHDAY Leslie Easterbrook, American actress
29th of July 1950 BIRTHDAY Mike Starr, American actor
29th of July 1951 BIRTHDAY Dean Pitchford, American songwriter, filmmaker and novelist
29th of July 1951 BIRTHDAY Dan Driessen, American baseball player
29th of July 1952 BIRTHDAY Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Greek politician
29th of July 1953 BIRTHDAY Ken Burns, American producer and director
29th of July 1953 BIRTHDAY Patti Scialfa, American singer, guitarist and songwriter
29th of July 1953 BIRTHDAY Geddy Lee, Canadian bassist and singer (Rush)
29th of July 1953 BIRTHDAY Tim Gunn, American television personality
29th of July 1955 BIRTHDAY Dave Stevens, American illustrator
29th of July 1955 BIRTHDAY Jean-Hugues Anglade, French actor
29th of July 1956 BIRTHDAY Ronnie Musgrove, 62nd Governor of Mississippi
29th of July 1956 BIRTHDAY Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
29th of July 1956 BIRTHDAY Faustino Ruperez, Spanish cyclist
29th of July 1957 BIRTHDAY Alessandra Marc, American operatic soprano
29th of July 1957 BIRTHDAY Nellie Kim, Russian gymnast
29th of July 1959 BIRTHDAY Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor
29th of July 1959 BIRTHDAY Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and Fluxus and mail artist
29th of July 1959 BIRTHDAY Dave LaPoint, American baseball player
29th of July 1959 BIRTHDAY John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang)
29th of July 1962 BIRTHDAY Vincent Rousseau, Belgian long-distance runner
29th of July 1962 BIRTHDAY Scott Steiner, American professional wrestler
29th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY Jim Beglin, Irish football commentator
29th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY Graham Poll, English football referee
29th of July 1963 BIRTHDAY Alexandra Paul, American actress
29th of July 1965 BIRTHDAY Luis Alicea, Puerto Rico baseball player and coach
29th of July 1965 BIRTHDAY Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-born American novelist
29th of July 1965 BIRTHDAY Dean Haglund, Canadian actor
29th of July 1966 BIRTHDAY Richard Steven Horvitz, American comic voice actor
29th of July 1966 BIRTHDAY Martina McBride, American country music singer
29th of July 1968 BIRTHDAY Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
29th of July 1970 BIRTHDAY John Rennie, Zimbabwean cricketer
29th of July 1970 BIRTHDAY Andi Peters, British TV presenter
29th of July 1971 BIRTHDAY Monica Calhoun, American actress
29th of July 1971 BIRTHDAY Bryan Dattilo, American actor
29th of July 1971 BIRTHDAY Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish singer and songwriter
29th of July 1972 BIRTHDAY Wil Wheaton, American actor
29th of July 1973 BIRTHDAY Wanya Morris, American singer (Boyz II Men)
29th of July 1973 BIRTHDAY Stephen Dorff, American actor
29th of July 1974 BIRTHDAY Josh Radnor, American actor
29th of July 1974 BIRTHDAY Afroman, American rapper
29th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer
29th of July 1975 BIRTHDAY Lanka de Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer
29th of July 1977 BIRTHDAY Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, American songwriter and record producer
29th of July 1979 BIRTHDAY Ronald Murray, American basketball player
29th of July 1979 BIRTHDAY Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
29th of July 1980 BIRTHDAY Ryan Braun, Canadian-born American baseball player
29th of July 1980 BIRTHDAY Fernando Gonzalez, Chilean tennis player
29th of July 1980 BIRTHDAY Rachel Miner, American actress
29th of July 1981 BIRTHDAY Andres Madrid, Argentine footballer
29th of July 1981 BIRTHDAY Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula 1 Driver
29th of July 1981 BIRTHDAY Troy Perkins, American soccer player
29th of July 1982 BIRTHDAY Jonatas Domingos, Brazilian footballer
29th of July 1982 BIRTHDAY Janez Aljancic, Slovenian footballer
29th of July 1982 BIRTHDAY Allison Mack, American actress
29th of July 1983 BIRTHDAY Alexei Kaigorodov, Russian hockey player
29th of July 1984 BIRTHDAY Chad Billingsley, American baseball player
29th of July 1985 BIRTHDAY Besart Berisha, Albanian footballer
29th of July 1985 BIRTHDAY Simon Santoso, Indonesian badminton player
29th of July 1990 BIRTHDAY Munro Chambers, Canadian actor
29th of July 0238 DEATH Pupienus, Roman Emperor (Born c. 164 or c. 178)
29th of July 0238 DEATH Balbinus, Roman Emperor (Born c. 165)
29th of July 1030 DEATH Olaf II of Norway (Born 995)
29th of July 1095 DEATH King Ladislaus I of Hungary (Born c. 1040)
29th of July 1099 DEATH Pope Urban II (Born 1042)
29th of July 1108 DEATH King Philip I of France (Born 1052)
29th of July 1507 DEATH Martin Behaim, German- or Bohemian-born navigator and geographer at the service of the King of Portugal (Born 1459)
29th of July 1573 DEATH John Caius, English physician and second founder of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (Born 1510)
29th of July 1612 DEATH Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (Born 1554)
29th of July 1644 DEATH Pope Urban VIII (Born 1568)
29th of July 1752 DEATH Peter Warren, British admiral (Born 1703)
29th of July 1781 DEATH Johann Kies, German astronomer and mathematician (Born 1713)
29th of July 1792 DEATH Rene Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (Born 1714)
29th of July 1813 DEATH Jean-Andoche Junot, French general (Born 1771)
29th of July 1833 DEATH William Wilberforce, English abolitionist (Born 1759)
29th of July 1839 DEATH Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (Born 1755)
29th of July 1844 DEATH Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer (Born 1791)
29th of July 1856 DEATH Robert Schumann, German composer (Born 1810)
29th of July 1857 DEATH Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (Born 1774)
29th of July 1887 DEATH Agostino Depretis, Italian statesman (d. 1813)
29th of July 1890 DEATH Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (Born 1853)
29th of July 1900 DEATH King Umberto I of Italy (Born 1844)
29th of July 1913 DEATH Tobias Michael Carel Asser, Dutch jurist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (Born 1838)
29th of July 1918 DEATH Ernest William Christmas, Australian painter (Born 1863)
29th of July 1934 DEATH Didier Pitre, French-Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1883)
29th of July 1938 DEATH Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (Born 1885)
29th of July 1950 DEATH Joe Fry, British racing driver (Born 1915)
29th of July 1954 DEATH Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (Born 1879)
29th of July 1964 DEATH Vean Gregg, American baseball player (Born 1885)
29th of July 1970 DEATH John Barbirolli, English conductor (Born 1899)
29th of July 1973 DEATH Roger Williamson, English racing driver (Born 1948)
29th of July 1973 DEATH Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (Born 1915)
29th of July 1974 DEATH Cass Elliot ("Mama Cass"), American singer (The Mamas & the Papas) (Born 1941)
29th of July 1974 DEATH Erich Kastner, German poet and children's writer (Born 1899)
29th of July 1976 DEATH Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Born 1913)
29th of July 1979 DEATH Herbert Marcuse, German philosopher (Born 1898)
29th of July 1979 DEATH Bill Todman, American television producer (Born 1916)
29th of July 1981 DEATH Robert Moses, American urban planner (Born 1888)
29th of July 1982 DEATH Harold Sakata, American professional wrestler ("Tosh Togo") and actor (Born 1920)
29th of July 1982 DEATH Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-born American physicist and inventor (Born 1889)
29th of July 1983 DEATH Luis Bunuel, Spanish director and writer (Born 1900)
29th of July 1983 DEATH Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Born 1896)
29th of July 1983 DEATH David Niven, English actor (Born 1910)
29th of July 1984 DEATH Fred Waring, American bandleader and inventor (Born 1900)
29th of July 1987 DEATH Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian-born Bengali writer (Born 1894)
29th of July 1990 DEATH Bruno Kreisky, Chancellor of Austria (Born 1911)
29th of July 1992 DEATH Michel Larocque, Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1952)
29th of July 1994 DEATH Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British chemist, Nobel laureate (Born 1910)
29th of July 1994 DEATH John Britton, assassinated American abortion provider (Born 1925)
29th of July 1995 DEATH Les Elgart, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Born 1917)
29th of July 1996 DEATH Ric Nordman, Canadian politician (Born 1919)
29th of July 1996 DEATH Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (Born 1967)
29th of July 1996 DEATH Marcel-Paul Schutzenberger, French mathematician (Born 1920)
29th of July 1998 DEATH Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (Born 1918)
29th of July 2001 DEATH Edward Gierek, Polish politician (Born 1913)
29th of July 2001 DEATH Wau Holland, German hacker (Born 1951)
29th of July 2003 DEATH Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (Born 1937)
29th of July 2004 DEATH Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (Born 1923)
29th of July 2007 DEATH Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (Born 1940)
29th of July 2007 DEATH Tom Snyder, American television personality (Born 1936)
29th of July 2007 DEATH Michel Serrault, French actor (Born 1928)
29th of July 2007 DEATH Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (Born 1921)
29th of July 2008 DEATH Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian playback singer (Born 1989)
29th of July 2009 DEATH Gayatri Devi, England-born Indian Maharani of Jaipur (Born 1919)