History of 29 June
1901 – The first edition of “Editor & Publisher” was issued.
1903 – The British government officially protested Belgian atrocities in the Congo.
1905 – Russian troops intervened as riots erupted in ports all over the country. Many ships were looted.
1917 – Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.
1925 – Marvin Pipkin filed for a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.
1926 – Fascists in Rome added an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.
1932 – Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy.
1932 – “Vic and Sade” debuted on NBC radio.
1941 – Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game. He broke George Sisler’s record from 1922.
1946 – British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to end alleged terrorism.
1950 – U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea.
1951 – The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor.
1953 – The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast.
1954 – The Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer’s access to classified information.
1955 – The Soviet Union sent tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.
1956 – Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were married. They were divorced on January 20, 1961.
1966 – The U.S. bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong.
1967 – Israel removed barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem.
1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.” The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.
1982 – Israel invaded Lebanon.
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Le Pont de Trinquetaille” was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.
1995 – The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
1998 – With negotiations on a new labor agreement at a standstill, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that a lockout would be imposed at midnight.
2000 – In Santa Rosa, CA, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
2007 – The first generation Apple iPhone went on sale.
2011 – The state of Nevada passed the first law that permitted the operation of autonomous cars on public roads. The law went into effect on March 1, 2012, and did not permit the use of the cars to the general public. Google received the first self-driving vehicle license in the U.S. on May 4, 2012, in Nevada.
2012 – A derecho sweeps across the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power.
2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant self-declared its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Luke Branighan, Australian rugby league player
- 1981 – Joe Johnson, American basketball player
- 1981 – Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentinian race car driver (d. 2005)
- 1981 – Shmuly Yanklowitz, American rabbi, author, and educator
- 1982 – Dusty Hughes, American baseball player
- 1982 – Lily Rabe, American actress
- 1983 – Aundrea Fimbres, American singer-songwriter and dancer
- 1983 – Jeremy Powers, American cyclist
- 1984 – Aleksandr Shustov, Russian high jumper
- 1985 – Quintin Demps, American football player
- 1986 – José Manuel Jurado, Spanish footballer
- 1986 – Edward Maya, Romanian singer-songwriter and producer
- 1987 – Ilya Shesterkov, Russian footballer
- 1988 – Éver Banega, the Argentinian footballer
- 1990 – Kim Little, Scottish footballer
- 1990 – Yann M’Vila, French footballer
- 1991 – Suk Hyun-jun, South Korean footballer
- 1991 – Kawhi Leonard, American basketball player
- 1994 – Camila Mendes, American actress, and model
- 1996 – Joseph Manu, New Zealand rugby league player
- 2006 – Sam Lavagnino, American child voice actor