Today in History
July 29

1588   The Spanish Armada is sighted off the coast of England.
1602   The Duke of Biron is executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against King Henry IV of France.
1603   Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists.
1693   The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden.
1830   Liberals led by the Marquis de Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king’s restrictions on citizens’ rights.
1848   A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
1858   Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.
1862   Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore’s Mill, Missouri.
1875   Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.
1915   U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti.
1921   Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis).
1981   Prince Charles marries Lady Diana.
1990   The Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting a major league record.
1996   A US federal court strikes down the child protection portion of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, calling it too broad.
2005   Astronomers announce the discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet.
Born on July 29
1805   Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian ( Democracy in America).
1877   Charles William Beebe, American biologist, explorer and writer.
1878   Don Marquis, novelist and poet.
1883   Benito Mussolini, Dictator of Italy (1922-1945).
1887   Sigmund Romberg, composer.
1900   Owen Lattimore, writer.
1905   Stanley Kunitz, poet.
1905   Dag Hammarskjold, Nobel Peace Prize winner, secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-1961).
1909   Chester Himes, author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go).
1918   Edwin Greene O’Connor, author (The Last Hurrah).
1918   Mary Lee Settle, novelist.
1920   Hank Ketcham, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace.
1930   Paul Taylor, choreographer and dancer.
1936   Elizabeth Hanford Dole, US secretary of transportation (1983-1987), secretary of labor (1989-1990), unsuccessful candidate for Republican presidential nomination (2000), US Senator (2003-2009).
1938   Peter Jennings, ABC evening news anchor.
1953   Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker (The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Dust Bowl).
1966   Richard Steven Horvitz, actor, voice-over actor in video-games (Halo 4) and television cartoons (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy).

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