On This Day

On This Day in History for July 29 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1975 Ford became 1st US President to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz
  • 1975 Military coup by General Mohammed leads to firing of President Jakubu Gowon
  • 1976 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1976 In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in first of a series of attacks
  • 1978 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m
  • 1978 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn and its rings
  • 1981 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1981 Former Iranian president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • 1985 19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched
  • 1986 Bomb attack in West-Beirut, 30 killed
  • 1986 Dennis Amiss scores his 100th 100, Warwickshire v Lancashire
  • 1988 FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion
  • 1988 Gorbachev pushes plan electing president and parliament in March, 1989
  • 1988 Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit
  • 1990 South Africa Communist Party begins 1st legal conference
  • 1993 Israeli Court of Appeal overturns (5-0) conviction of John Demjaujuk, saying not enough evidence he is Concentration Camp Ivan the Terrible

  • 1994 200,000 Muslims demand the death of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin in Bangladesh
  • 1994 Corrupt Italian ex-premier Craxi gets 8½ year jail sentenced
  • 1994 Henny Eman's Aruban Peoples Party wins parliamentary election in Aruba
  • 1994 India army kills 27 Muslim militants
  • 1994 Jesse Timmedequas rapes and murders Megan Kanka, 7 (results in Megan's Law)
  • 1996 The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court
  • 2005 Astronomers announce their discovery of dwarf planet Eris
  • 2009 Temperature reaches 103°F in Seattle, Washington, the hottest day on record [1]
  • 2012 Tropical Storm Khanun kills 88 people and leaves 60,000 homeless in North Korea
  • 2013 44 people are killed in a wave of car bombings in Iraq
  • 2013 300 prisoners are freed after a Taliban attack in Dera Ismal Khan, Pakistan
  • 2013 €103 million of diamonds is stolen from the Carton Intercontinental Hotel, Cannes, France
  • 2014 France contributes 8 million Euros in aid to Gaza
  • 2014 100 Gazans killed overnight by Israeli strikes
  • 2015 Over 3,500 immigrants over 2 days attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel at Calais, to cross into Britain
  • 2015 Mohammed Omar, mullah and Taliban leader is confirmed dead (killed 2013) by the Afghan government

PlaneFlight MH370 Disappears

2015 Part of missing airline MH370 is found on the island of Reunion

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Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing
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  • 2015 Microsoft launches Windows 10
  • 2015 Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 2015 27 people are killed and 149 are injured after a truck runs into a religious procession in Zacatecas, Mexico

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2016 Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia - first woman by a major US party

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2017 Terrorist plot to bring down a plane averted in Sydney, Australia, 4 arrested
  • 2018 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes island of Lombok, Indonesia, killing at least 14
  • 2018 Palestinian teenage activist Ahed Tamimi released from prison after eight months
  • 2018 Ethiopian state funeral for murdered dam engineer Simegnew Bekele in Addis Ababa prompts unrest
  • 2018 Hun Sen's Cambodian People’s Party Hun Sen claims to have won all 125 seats in country's general election with widespread criticism of a sham vote
  • 2018 Demonstrations calling for safer road by students begin in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2019 Prison riot kills 58, with 16 decapitated in battle between rival factions at the Altamira prison, Para state, Brazil
  • 2020 Scaled back Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia with no foreigners

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