This Day in History - July 29

July 29

1588 – The Spanish Armada is defeated off the coast of France by an English naval force

1602 – The Duke of Biron is executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against King Henry IV of France

1603 – Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists

1693 – The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden

1776 – Silvestre de Escalante and Francisco Dominguez, two Spanish Franciscan priests, leave Santa Fe for an expedition through the Southwest

1805 – French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, is born

1830 – Liberals led by the Marquis de Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king’s restrictions on citizens’ rights

1833 – English politician and philanthropist, William Wilberforce, dies

1848 – A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland

1858 – Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the US

1862 – Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore’s Mill, Missouri

1862 – Confederate spy Marie Isabelle “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC

1875 – Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army

1877 – Writer, biologist, and explorer, Charles William Beebe, is born

1878 – Novelist and poet, Don Marquis, is born

1883 – Dictator of Italy, Benito Mussolini, is born

1887 – Composer, Sigmund Romberg, is born

1890 – Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, dies

1900 – Writer, Owen Lattimore, is born

1900 – King Umberto I is shot to death by Gaetano Bresci in Monza, Italy

1905 – Poet, Stanley Kunitz, is born

1905 – Nobel Peace Prize winner and secretary general of the UN, Dag Hammarskjold, is born

1909 – Author, Chester Himes, is born

1909 – GM acquires the Cadillac Automobile Company

1914 – Czar Nicholas II of Russia and his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany exchange telegrams regarding the newly erupted war in the Balkan region and the possibility of its escalation into a general European war

1915 – US Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti

1918 – Author, Edwin Greene O’Connor, is born

1918 – Novelist, Mary Lee Settle, is born

1920 – Cartoonist, Hank Ketcham, is born

1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party

1930 – Choreographer and dancer, Paul Taylor, is born

1936 – US Secretary of Transportation, secretary of labor, US Senator, Elizabeth Hanford Dole is born

1938 – ABC evening news anchor, Peter Jennings, is born

1945 – After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine and the survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives

1953 – Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, is born

1958 – US Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration aka NASA

1965 – Writer, Chang-Rae Lee, is born

1965 – The first 4,000 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division arrive in Vietnam

1966 – Actor, Richard Steven Horvitz, is born

1967 – A fire on a US Navy carrier, the USS Forrestal, stationed off the coast of Vietnam kills 134

1967 – The Doors’ “Light My Fire” tops the music charts

1970 – English cellist and conductor John Barbirolli dies

1974 – German author and poet, Erich Kastner, dies

1976 – David Berkowitz, aka the “Son of Sam” fires five shots at Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti of the Bronx while they are sitting in a car talking.  Lauria died and Valenti was seriously wounded in the first of a series of shootings by the serial killer who will terrorize New York City.  The Son of Sam eventually got his name from letters he sent to the police and famed newspaper writer Jimmy Breslin that said, “…I am a monster.  I am the Son of Sam.  I love to hunt, prowling the streets looking for fair game.  The weman are prettyist of all [sic]…”

1981 – Prince Charles marries Lady Diana

1981 – Spanish race car driver, Fernando Alonso, is born

1983 – Spanish director and producer, Luis Bunuel, dies

1990 – The Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting a major league record

1996 – A US federal court strikes down the child protection portion of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, calling it too broad

1996 – Carl Lewis wins his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the long jump

2000 – Actors, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, marry at the Malibu, California estate of Marcy Carsey

2005 – Astronomers announce the discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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