On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1965 USAF Capt Joseph Henry Engle reaches 85,530 m in X-15
  • 1966 Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • 1967 Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem
  • 1969 1st Jewish worship service at White House
  • 1970 US ends 2 month military offensive into Cambodia
  • 1972 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual
  • 1972 USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
  • 1974 Military coup in Ethiopia
  • 1975 8.10" (20.57 cm) of rainfall, Litchville No Dakota (state 24-hr rec)
  • 1976 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1977 Supreme Court rules out death penalty for rapists of adults
  • 1977 Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR
  • 1977 South Africa opposition party, the New Republic Party (NRP), is formed after the integration of the United Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP)

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1978 US Vice President Walter Mondale begins trip to Middle East

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • 1979 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • 1981 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed

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1981 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 1982 Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended
  • 1983 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly Air Force Base
  • 1984 USSR offers to start talking about banning SDI
  • 1985 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-11
  • 1985 STS 51-F vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1986 Moses Mayekiso, former General Secretary of Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and member of South African Communist Party (SACP), detained for a second time, spends months in solitary confinement

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1986 Richard Branson aboard Virgin Atlantic Challenger II reaches Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly, fastest crossing of Atlantic

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 1987 Phil's Steve Bedrosian is 1st to record 12 saves in 12 attempts
  • 1989 South Africa's National Party adopts five year programme of its objectives, including a political "reform" plan to give Black majority role in national and local government; ANC responds it would consider only a one-man, one-vote system
  • 1990 Marla Maples father sues National Enquirer for $12M
  • 1990 World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed in New Zealand
  • 1991 6.0 earthquake hits southern Calif
  • 1992 2 earthquakes including 7.4 hits southern Calif
  • 1992 A's Dennis Eckersley sets record of 26th straight save of season
  • 1992 Algerian head of state, Mohamed Boudiaf, is assassinated by military officers during a public speech at the opening of a cultural center in Annaba
  • 1994 Socialist, Tomiichi Murayama, elected premier of Japan
  • 1994 US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees
  • 1996 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • 1996 Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900

  • 1997 Progress M-35 Soyuz Launch (Russia)
  • 1997 Tyrenda Williams, 18, of Alabama, crowned 40th America's Junior Miss

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2002 US Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.

46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
Dick Cheney
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2002 Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.

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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.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2007 Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.
  • 2008 Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter
  • 2009 Financier Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison, US maximum, for conducting 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

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

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • 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"
  • 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

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