On This Day

Historical Events on June 29 (Part 2)

Historic Event

2006 Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

  • 2007 Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.

Music History

2007 Irish singer and songwriter Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway

  • 2008 Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter
  • 2008 UEFA European Championship Final, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria: Fernando Torres scores as Spain beats Germany, 1-0

Glastonbury Festival

2008 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing "Hallelujah"

  • 2008 US Open Women's Golf, Interlachen CC: 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park wins the first of her 7 major titles by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Helen Alfredsson

Historic Event

2009 Financier Bernie Madoff sentenced to 150 years in US maximum prison, for conducting a massive Ponzi scheme

  • 2012 16 Naxalite Maoist insurgents in India are killed by police
  • 2012 Three bombs in Balid, Iraq, kill 6 people and injure 45
  • 2012 15,000 Japanese anti-nuclear protesters blockade the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo

Historic Event

2014 Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announces establishment of worldwide "caliphate" at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq

Sports History

2014 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Bernhard Langer of Germany beats Jeff Sluman with birdie on 2nd playoff hole; first of Langer's 3 straight Players' titles

  • 2015 Beijing Times reports 30% of the Great Wall of China has disappeared due to natural forces and stealing of bricks
  • 2016 US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon's ban on transgender people serving in the US armed forces
  • 2017 Vatican treasurer Cardinel George Pell charged with historic sexual offences in Victoria, Australian
  • 2017 Mihai Tudose confirmed as Romanian Prime Minister, by parliament, succeeding Sorin Grindeanu
  • 2017 Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces retake destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri from Islamic State - symbolic site where their leader declared a "caliphate"

Film & TV History

2017 Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner apologize and remove t-shirts from sale featuring Tupac Shakur and others, after accused of exploiting their legacies

Album Release

2018 Drake releases his fifth studio album "Scorpion", a double album with 25 tracks

  • 2020 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 that abortion restrictions in Louisiana unconstitutional, striking down a 2014 state law
  • 2020 Golden State Killer and former police officer Joseph DeAngelo Jr pleads guilty to 12 murders and dozens of rapes

Historic Event

2021 Former South African President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison on contempt of court charges

  • 2021 World's first known plague victim identified in the remains of a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer in Latvia [1]
  • 2021 Lytton, British Columbia, records Canada's highest-ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F), before being destroyed by a wildfire the next day