Events in History on July 29

  • 362 Emperor Julianus of Constantinople's "School Edict" prohibited Christian teachers from using pagan literature which were standard texts for classical education at the time
  • 626 Avars under khagan Bajan begin siege of Constantinople (fails, preserving the eastern Roman empire)
  • 904 Byzantium city Thessalonica is sacked by Saracen pirates led by renegade Leo of Tripoli
  • 1014 Battle of Strumitsa-valley: Byzantine destroys Bulgarian armies
  • 1030 Battle of Stiklestad - Norwegian King Olaf II killed trying to reclaim the throne. One of the most famous Norwegian battles
  • 1179 Lando Sittino proclaimed (anti-)pope Innocent III
  • 1221 Emperor Go-Horikawa aged only 10 years old ascends to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan
  • 1560 Turkish fleet recaptures Djerba on Spanjaarden

Historic Event

1563 League of High Nobles routes King Philip II

  • 1566 Great Britain executes Agnes Waterhouse, the first British woman convicted of witchcraft in Chelmsford, England

Royal Coronation

1567 James VI is crowned King of Scots at Stirling

  • 1579 Antwerp request union with Utrecht
  • 1579 Spanish King Philip II arrests plotters Antonio Perez and Princess van Eboli
  • 1585 University of Franeker/ University of Friesland opens in the Netherlands
  • 1588 Duke Farneses troops ready for invasion of England
  • 1588 The Battle of Gravelines - Spanish Armada damaged and scattered by the English fleet

Historic Event

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

  • 1634 Dutch fleet under Johannes van Walbeeck lands on Curacao
  • 1655 Biggest townhall in the world opens in Amsterdam
  • 1676 Nathaniel Bacon declared a rebel for assembling frontiersmen to protect settlers from Indians
  • 1693 War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen/Neerwinden - France wins Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands
  • 1715 10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane
  • 1773 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio
  • 1773 Santa Marta earthquakes destroy much of the capitol city of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, New Spain (now Antigua, Guatemala); over 500 killed instantly, and 600 more die later from resulting disease and starvation
  • 1783 Skaptar Volcano on Iceland erupts killing about 9,000
  • 1786 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pitts Gazette
  • 1793 John Graves Simcoe decides to build a fort and settlement at Toronto, having sailed into the bay
  • 1794 African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, dedicated
  • 1835 1st sugar plantation in Hawaii established
  • 1836 Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • 1847 Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States
  • 1848 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police
  • 1851 Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia
  • 1858 Treaty of Amity and Commerce/Harris Treaty signed between US and Japan opening Japanese ports to trade
  • 1862 American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.
  • 1864 American Civil War: Battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia, 3rd and last day
  • 1864 American Civil War: Battle of Macon, Georgia (Stoneman's Raid)

Historic Event

1884 Society of Independent Artists founded in Paris by Albert Dubois-Pillet, Odilon Redon, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac

  • 1899 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY
  • 1899 The First Hague Convention concerning land war customs and laws is signed
  • 1900 In Italy, King Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by Italian-born anarchist Gaetano Bresci
  • 1902 Union of Orthodox Rabbis of US and Canada forms

Agreement of Interest

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

  • 1907 1st helicopter ascent in Douai, France

Historic Event

1907 Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England

  • 1910 JWEL Hilgers is 1st Dutchman to fly above Dutch territory
  • 1913 Independence of the Principality of Albania recognized by the Conference of London
  • 1914 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and San Francisco
  • 1914 Austrian-Hungary bombs Belgrade
  • 1914 British fleet leaves Portland/passes Straits of Dover
  • 1914 In response to Austria's declaration of war on Serbia, Russian diplomats and general urge general mobilization, but the Tsar calls for partial mobilization
  • 1914 Russia mobilize troops along Austrian boundary
  • 1920 1st transcontinental airmail flight from New York to San Francisco
  • 1920 Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, Oregon
  • 1920 Mexican rebel Pancho Villa surrenders

Historic Event

1921 Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party

  • 1921 New rules of language assumed (equal rights Flemings/Walen Belgium)
  • 1922 Greek troops defeat Turkish forces and are on their way to Constantinople, but the Allies forbid them taking the city

Historic Event

1923 Albert Einstein speaks on pacifism in Berlin

  • 1923 KPD holds struggle day against fascism, in Germany
  • 1927 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY)
  • 1927 Phil Mead scores his 100th 100, Hampshire v Northants
  • 1930 115°F (46°C), Holly Springs, Mississippi (state record)
  • 1930 Airship R100, 1st passenger-carrying flight from England to Canada
  • 1932 Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans

Historic Event

1933 Police shootout with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's gang in Iowa, leaves one member, Clyde's brother Buck Barrow dead and one captured. Bonnie and Clyde escape.

  • 1937 Japanese troops occupies Peking and Tientsin
  • 1937 Tongzhou Incident: East Hopei Army mutinies against Japanese troops and civilians
  • 1942 Eastern Blvd in the Bronx renamed Bruckner Boulevard, in honor of former Bronx Borough President and US Congressman, Henry Bruckner
  • 1943 1 million inhabitants flee Hamburg
  • 1943 Nazi's evacuate Hollandsche Theater in Amsterdam
  • 1944 Allied air force bomb Germany for 6 hours
  • 1944 Frank McCormick (Reds) HR off Ace Adams (Giants) in both games of DH
  • 1944 US 4th Armour division occupiers Avranches (Normandy, France)
  • 1947 Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1949 Moscow ends the blockade of West Berlin
  • 1952 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
  • 1953 US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defence Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Vladivostok
  • 1955 Smokey Burgess hits 3 HRs to help Pirates beat Reds 16-5
  • 1955 USSR performs nuclear Test

Historic Event

1956 Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record)

  • 1957 International Atomic Energy Agency formed by UN
  • 1958 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop running in San Francisco

Historic Event

1958 US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958

  • 1959 First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union
  • 1961 Wallis and Futuna Islands become French overseas territory
  • 1965 Gemini 5 returned after 12d 7h 11m 53s
  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1966 In Nigerian counter-coup, Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi is assassinated by a group of Northern Nigerian officers and soldiers
  • 1967 Fire aboard carrier USS Forrestal in Gulf of Tonkin kills 134
  • 1967 Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage
  • 1968 Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • 1968 Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption
  • 1969 Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars
  • 1970 6 days of race rioting in Hartford, Connecicut
  • 1972 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1973 Greek plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy
  • 1974 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee
  • 1974 Episcopal Church ordains female priests
  • 1974 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in first of a series of attacks
  • 1976 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1978 American Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7 hrs, 40 min; record holds until 1995
  • 1981 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1981 Former Iranian president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • 1985 19th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-G): Challenger 8 launches
  • 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

Historic Event

1988 Gorbachev pushes plan to elect a Soviet 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 American minister and anti-abortionist Paul Jennings Hill murders Dr. John Britton and Britton's bodyguard, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Barrett, outside of an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida
  • 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 300 prisoners are freed after a Taliban attack in Dera Ismal Khan, Pakistan
  • 2013 44 people are killed in a wave of car bombings in Iraq
  • 2013 €103 million of diamonds is stolen from the Carton Intercontinental Hotel, Cannes, France
  • 2014 100 Gazans killed overnight by Israeli strikes
  • 2014 France contributes 8 million Euros in aid to Gaza
  • 2015 27 people are killed and 149 are injured after a truck runs into a religious procession in Zacatecas, Mexico
  • 2015 Microsoft launches Windows 10
  • 2015 Mohammed Omar, mullah and Taliban leader is confirmed dead (killed 2013) by the Afghan government
  • 2015 Over 3,500 immigrants over 2 days attempt to enter the Channel Tunnel at Calais, to cross into Britain
  • 2015 Zion Harvey became the first paediatric patient to receive a double hand transplant at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Presidential Convention

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

  • 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 Demonstrations calling for safer road by students begin in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 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 Palestinian teenage activist Ahed Tamimi released from prison after eight months
  • 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
  • 2021 Chinese team of Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei & Li Bingjie smash 4 x 200m freestyle relay WR 7:40.33 at Tokyo Olympics; minor medallists USA and Australia also beat previous mark
  • 2021 Flash floods kill at least 60 people in Kamdesh, eastern Afghanistan
  • 2022 Rebekah Vardy loses her UK libel trial with Coleen Rooney in the so-called Wagatha Christie trial, over Rooney accusing Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper