- 1588 Battle of Gravelines: English fleet damages and scatters the "Invincible" Spanish Armada, which is forced to make a long and costly retreat around Scotland and Ireland
- 1609 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years
- 1848 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police
- 1905 US Secretary of War William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines
- 1921 Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party
- 1949 Moscow ends the blockade of West Berlin
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Jul 29 in Film & TV
- 1928 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse
Jul 29 in Music
- 1973 Led Zeppelin has more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton hotel
Jul 29 in Sport
- 1751 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England
Did You Know?
10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane
On July 29, 1715
Would You Believe?
Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
On July 29, 2015
- 1565 Mary, Queen of Scots (22) marries for the second time her cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (19)
- 1914 Mountain climber George Mallory (28) weds Ruth Dixon Turner
- 1934 "Titanic" actress Gloria Stuart (24) weds screenwriter Arthur Sheekman (33)
- 2006 Robyn Denise Moore divorces Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson (55) due to irreconcilable differences after 31 years of marriage
- 2016 Comedians and actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett divorce after 12 years of marriage
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Articles, Photos and Quiz
Defeat of the Spanish ArmadaEnglish and Spanish fleets clash in the Battle of Gravelines in this historic painting by Philip James de Loutherbourg
July 29, 1588
William Wilberforce’s Fight Against SlaveryWilliam Wilberforce, who died on this day, was a leading figure in the fight against slavery, especially the horrific transportation of people from Africa.
July 29, 1833
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