Today in History: June 29

Today in History
June 29

1236   Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon take Cordoba in Spain.
1652   Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth.
1767   The British parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America.
1862   Union forces, falling back from Richmond, fight at the Battle of Savage’s Station.
1880   France annexes Tahiti.
1888   Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.
1903   The British government officially protests Belgian atrocities in the Congo.
1905   Russian troops intervene as riots erupt in ports all over the country, leaving many ships looted.
1917   The Ukraine proclaims independence from Russia.
1925   An earthquake ravages Santa Barbara, California.
1926   Fascists in Rome add an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.
1927   The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker trimotor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii.
The airplane’s two-ton carrying capacity gives it the ability to carry sufficient fuel for the 2,500-miles flight, and its three engines are judged to provide an acceptable safety factor in the event one engine fails. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1932   Siam’s army seizes Bangkok and announces an end to the absolute monarchy.
1938   Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.
1950   President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.
1951   The United States invites the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonsan Harbor.
1955   The Soviet Union sends tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.
1966   The U.S. Air Force bombs fuel storage facilities near Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1967   Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem.
1970   U.S. troops pull out of Cambodia.
1982   Israel invades Lebanon.
Born on June 29
1858   George Washington Goethals, engineer of the Panama Canal.
1861   William James Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
1865   William E. Borah, Republican senator from Idaho, opponent of the League of Nations.
1886   James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer.
1900   Antoine de Saint-Exupery, aviator and writer.
1910   Frank Loesser, songwriter.
1930   Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist.
1941   Stokely Carmichael, African-American civil rights leader.

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