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    World Map / This Day in History / What Happend on July 29

    July 29 in History

    1588The Spanish Armada is sighted off the coast of England.
    1602The Duke of Biron is executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against King Henry IV of France.
    1603Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists.
    1693The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden.
    1830Liberals led by the Marquis of Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king’s restrictions on citizens’ rights.
    1848A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
    1858Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.
    1862Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore’s Mill, Missouri.
    1875Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
    1915U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
    1921Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis).
    1945After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.
    1981Prince Charles marries Lady Diana.
    1990Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting major league record.
    1996A US federal court strikes down the child protection portion of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, calling it too broad.
    2005Astronomers announce discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet.

    Born on July 29

    1805Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian ( Democracy in America).
    1877Charles William Beebe, American biologist, explorer and writer.
    1878Don Marquis, novelist and poet.
    1883Benito Mussolini, Dictator of Italy (1922-1945).
    1887Sigmund Romberg, composer.
    1900Owen Lattimore, writer.
    1905Stanley Kunitz, poet.
    1905Dag Hammerarskjold, Nobel Peace Prize winner, secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-1961).
    1909Chester Himes, author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go).
    1918Edwin Greene O’Connor, author (The Last Hurrah).
    1918Mary Lee Settle, novelist.
    1920Hank Ketchum, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace.
    1930Paul Taylor, choreographer and dancer.
    1936Elizabeth Hanford Dole, US secretary of transportation (1983-1987), secretary of labor (1989-1990), unsuccessful candidate for Republican presidential nomination (2000), US Senator (2003-2009).
    1938Peter Jennings, ABC evening news anchor.
    1953Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker (The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Dust Bowl).
    1966Richard Steven Horvitz, actor, voiceover actor in videogames (Halo 4) and television cartoons (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy).