What Happened on July 29

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 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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