What Happened on June 29

Historical Events

  • 1613 Shakespeare's Globe Theatre burns down
  • 1888 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder
  • 1949 South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
  • 1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
  • 1990 World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed in New Zealand
  • 1994 US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees
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Did You Know?

Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter

On June 29, 2008

Famous Weddings

  • 1822 Nephew of Napoleon, biologist and ornithologist Prince Charles Bonaparte marries cousin Zenaide Bonaparte
  • 1854 English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls
  • 1931 Actress Mary Astor (25) weds Dr. Franklyn Thorpe
  • 1956 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for 3rd time playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York
  • 1967 Actress Maggie Smith (32) weds actor Robert Stephens (35) in Greenwich, England

Famous Divorces

  • 1762 Russian Tsar Peter III divorces his wife Catherine II
  • 1943 Actor Jackie Coogan (28) divorces actress Flower Parry after almost 2 years of marriage
  • 2012 Actress Katie Holmes (33) divorces American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (50) allegedly due to disagreement about their religious beliefs and the raising of their daughter Suri, after 5 years of marriage
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