Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
July 29th

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1565*Mary Queen of Scots marries Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, her cousin.Ref: 10
1735*(Zenger) Jury selection begins in the Zenger trial. Harison attempts to rig the jury, but his efforts are defeated. Zenger is defended by Andrew Hamilton of Philadelphia, the best known (and perhaps best) trial lawyer of the day.Ref: 87
1773*The first schoolhouse to be located west of the Allegheny Mountains was built in Schoenbrunn, OH.Ref: 4
1775*The U.S. Army Chaplaincy was founded, making it the second oldest branch of that service, after the Infantry.Ref: 5
1790*The U.S. Patent Office opens.Ref: 2
1806*Aaron Burr sends a letter in cipher to General Wilkinson in New Orleans announcing he had "commenced the enterprise" and that "detachments from different points and under different pretences will rendevous on the Ohio" River on November 1. Burr writes that the troops will be at Natchez in early December to meet Wilinson. "The gods invite to glory and fortune," Burr says.Ref: 87
1830*Liberals led by the Marquis of Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king's restrictions on citizens' rights.Ref: 2
1835*First sugar plantation in Hawaii begins.Ref: 5
1858*Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States; US citizens allowed to live anywhere in Japan.Ref: 2
1882*Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.Ref: 2
1891*Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within their sphere of influence.Ref: 2
1899 Court of the Hague established.Ref: 10
1900*Victor Emmanuel III becomes King of Italy at age 31. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2003)Ref: 83
1904*The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia's Pacific coast, is completed after 13 years of construction; stretches 4,607 miles.Ref: 2
1907*(Haywood Trial) After nine hours of deliberation, the jury announces its decision: "We the jury, find the defendant, William D. Haywood, not guilty."Ref: 87
1907 Robert Baden-Powell recruits 12 boys for camping trip to Brownsea Island; Boy scouting born.Ref: 10
1915*U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti, stay until 1924.Ref: 2
1921*Adolf Hitler becomes the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).Ref: 36
1930*115ø F (46ø C), Holly Springs, MS (state record).Ref: 5
1932*Adolf Hitler's Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.Ref: 2
1933*Cornerstone laid for America's first sanitorium for drug addicts at Lexington, KY.Ref: 10
1935*The FBI established a national police training program, the forerunner of the FBI National Academy, when it welcomed a class of 23 police officers for a 12-week course of instruction in scientific and practical law enforcement methods.Ref: 14
1938*Olympic National Park established.Ref: 5
1942*Eastern Blvd in the Bronx renamed Bruckner Blvd.Ref: 5
1945 Treaty of Moscow signed.Ref: 10
1957*The International Atomic Energy Agency established by the UN.Ref: 5
1958 Southern Pacific Bay ferries stop runningRef: 5
1958*The United States space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was authorized by Congress this day.Ref: 17
1961*Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory.Ref: 5
1965*Gemini 5 returned after 12d 7h 11m 53s.Ref: 5
1967*Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage.Ref: 5
1968*Pope Paul VI reaffirms the Roman Catholic Church's stance against artificial methods of birth control.Ref: 70
1970*6 days of race rioting in Hartford Ct.Ref: 5
1970*United Farm Workers forced California grape growers to sign an agreement after a five-year strike.Ref: 59
1973 Greek plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy.Ref: 5
1974*The first eleven women priests in the Episcopal Church were ordained in Philadelphia's Church of the Advocate.Ref: 5
1974*2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by the House Judiciary Committee.Ref: 5
1975*President Gerald R. Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the camp's victims.Ref: 70
1977*After years of debate over its impact on the environment, the 799 mile trans-Alaska pipeline went into full operation as the first oil from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay fields arrived at the ice free port of Valdez on the southern coast of Alaska where is was loaded into ocean going tankers.Ref: 62
1981*Millions of people around the world watched on television as England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took center stage amidst the pomp and splendor of their royal wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The ceremony took place in the wee small hours of the morning in America, but was still a ratings success, with coverage on all networks. 2,500 guests were in actual attendance.Ref: 4
1985*Spring Hill, TN was selected as the new home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant. General Motors announced that it expected to produce up to 500,000 Saturns a year beginning in 1989. Some 14,000 jobs were created to operate the new auto plant.Ref: 4
1988 Gorbachev pushes plan electing president & parliament in March, 1989.Ref: 5
1988*FDIC bails out first Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion.Ref: 5
1988*Gorbachev pushes plan electing president & parliament in March, 1989.Ref: 5
1990 Mongolia has its first elections everRef: 62
1992*Former East German leader Erich Honecker is arrested on his return to his homeland and charged with manslaughter. He was permitted to leave after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2002)Ref: 83
1993*The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible," and threw out his death sentence.Ref: 70
1994*(US Supreme Court Justice) Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer wins Senate approval. 
1997 Minamata Bay in Japan once a worldwide symbol of industrial pollution was declared free of mercury 40 years after contaminated food fish were blamed for deaths and birth defects.Ref: 70
1998*President Clinton reaches an agreement with Kenneth Starr to provide grand jury testimony on closed-circuit television in the Monica Lewinsky case. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2003)Ref: 83
1999 California Governor Gray Davis abandons the state's efforts to preserve Proposition 187, a divisive voter-approved ban on schooling and other public benefits for illegal immigrants. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2000)Ref: 83
2002*A visibly exhausted Pope John-Paul II greets thousands of Roman Catholic faithful as he arrives in Guatamala City. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2003)Ref: 83
2002*An Amtrak train derails outside Washington DC, injuring more than 100 people. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2003)Ref: 83
2002*A man, identified by authorities as a would-be suicide bomber with more than a half-ton of explosives in his car, is stopped by a chance traffic accident 300 yards from the American embassy. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Goliath, a 52-point buck, kidnapped from a Rodney Miller's deer farm in Knox, PA on October 20, 1999, resurfaces as "Hercules" at another deer farm in Reynoldsville PA, this one owned by Jeffrey Spence. (WSJ, p A1, 10/03/2003)Ref: 33
1776*The Dominguez-Escalante expedition begins.Ref: 62
1866*The 2000 mile long transatlantic cable is completed by the Great Eastern, the largest ship afloat, under the direction of Cyrus W. Fields. 
1874*Major Walter Copton Winfield of England received US patent number 685 for the lawn-tennis court.Ref: 4
1914 The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between NY and San Francisco.Ref: 4
1920*First transcontinental airmail flight from NY to SF.Ref: 5
1952*First nonstop transpacific flight by a jet.Ref: 5
1956*Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record).Ref: 5
1969*Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars.Ref: 5
1978*Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings.Ref: 5
1985*19th Space Shuttle Mission (51-F)-Challenger 8-launched.Ref: 5
1987*Ben & Jerry's & Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor Cherry Garcia.Ref: 5
1988*Judge orders NASA to release unedited tape from Challenger cockpit.Ref: 5
904 Arabs capture Thessalonica.Ref: 2
1030*King Olav Haraldsson of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad.Ref: 5
1588*The English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.Ref: 70
1693*The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden.Ref: 2
1760 Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, drives the French army back to the Rhine River.Ref: 2
1848*A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.Ref: 2
1862*Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore's Mill, Missouri.Ref: 2
1875 Peasants in Bosnia and Herzegovina rebel against the Ottoman army.Ref: 2
1943*(morning) Hamburg, Germany, is evacuated of nearly one million non-essential civilian personnel. 
1944*The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania.Ref: 2
1945*After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine resulting in the loss of 881 lives. The survivors are adrift for two days before help arrives.Ref: 2
1967*Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen and $100 million in damage. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2003)Ref: 83
1754*The first international boxing match was held. Jack Slack, the champion from Great Britain, knocked out the French challenger, Jean Petit. Everybody got home at a decent hour, too -- the bout lasted only 25 minutes.Ref: 4
1844 NY Yacht Club formsRef: 5
1899*First motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY.Ref: 5
1899*Southern CA Golf Assn formed.Ref: 5
1908*Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates as the Browns defeat the A's, 5-4.Ref: 1
1911*Joe Wood of the Red Sox whiffs twelve Browns en route to a 5-0 no-hitter.Ref: 1
1915*Forty-one year old Pirate Honus Wagner reaches Dodger hurler Jeff Pfeffer for a grand slam in the eighth inning.Ref: 1
1921*(Black Sox) Final arguments in the trial begin. The state asks for a sentence of five years in jail and a $2,000 fine for each person involved.Ref: 87
1924*Paul Runyan wins the PGA golf championship.Ref: 5
1928*Cleve Indians score 17 in first 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game.Ref: 5
1931*Helen Wills Moody mentioned that she favored short skirts and no stockings when she played tennis. However, she said that shorts would never be popular with top women tennis players.Ref: 4
1940 John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO completed a 292-mile swim down the MS River. It took him 89 hours, 48 minutes to swim from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri.Ref: 4
1948*King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London.Ref: 5
1955*At Crosley Field, Smoky Burgess hits three home runs and drives in nine runs as the Reds rout the Pirates, 16-5 .Ref: 1
1956*Cathy Cornelius wins the US Women's Golf Open in a playoff.Ref: 5
1961*Phillies lose first of 23 straight games.Ref: 5
1965*Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10).Ref: 5
1968*In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer to execute an unassisted triple play. All five AL unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player.Ref: 1
1968*Reds' George Culver throws a 6-1 no-hitter against the Phillies.Ref: 1
1974*St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock steals his 700th base.Ref: 5
1977*Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves, strikes out 4 batters in the 6th inning. (Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book, 2002, ISBN 0-89204-668-0) 
1978 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m.Ref: 5
1978*On Old Timer's Day, the New York Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become general manager.Ref: 86
1978*Instant TV replays are now legal for referees use in professional football.Ref: 10
1983*San Diego Padre Steve Garvey dislocates his left thumb in a home plate collision vs. Atlanta, snapping his National League record streak of 1,027 consecutive games played, 3rd-longest in major league history.Ref: 86
1984*Summer Olympics opens in LA.Ref: 5
1986*Sparky Anderson, the first skipper to win the World Series in each league, also becomes the first manager to win 600 games in the NL and AL when the Tigers beat the Brewers, 9-5.Ref: 1
1986*NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages.Ref: 5
1988*The Orioles trade pitcher Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. Boddicker will have two successful years with Boston while Anderson will become a productive lead off man for Baltimore and Schilling will became one of baseball's most dominant pitchers of his era.Ref: 1
1989*Phillies retire Steve Carltons # 32.Ref: 5
1989*Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan.Ref: 5
1989*Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases.Ref: 5
1990*Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game.Ref: 5
1991*First Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0).Ref: 5
1996*Tommy Lasorda, 68-year old Dodger manager of twenty years, announces his retirement due to his health after a mild heart last month.Ref: 1
1996*Carl Lewis won his ninth Olympic gold medal by winning the long jump competition at the 1996 games. Lewis tied swimmer Mark Spitz for most golds by an American athlete. Lewis also was only the second athlete (the other was discus thrower Al Oerter) to win the same track event in four straight Olympics.Ref: 4
1998*Mike Tyson appears before the New Jersey Athletic Control Board to get a boxing license to resume his career. Tyson first choked back tears as he apologized for biting Evander Holyfield's ears. At the end of his 35-minute appearance, however, Tyson cursed in front of regulators after being continually questioned about biting Holyfield.Ref: 98
2000*Recently acquired Mets make a good first impression as Mike Bordick goes 2-for-3, including a homer on the first pitch he sees as a Met and Rick White pitches a scoreless inning to get the win; the other newcomer, Bubba Trammell, who doesn't play today, will homer in his first at-bat as a Met tomorrow.Ref: 1
2000*The Brewers hold Bob Wickman All-Star Poster Night a day after the team trades their All-Star reliever to the Indians.Ref: 1
2000*The White Sox trade catcher Brook Fordyce and three minor league pitchers to the Orioles for catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines.Ref: 1
2001 Lance Armstrong wins his third straight Tour de France. He is the first American to win the three-week cycling even three times consecutively. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2002) 
2001*Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson continued preparations for his next fight Sunday in Phoenix while authorities in California continued investigating an allegation that he sexually assaulted Arlene Moorman, 50, at his rented home in the small mountain town of Big Bear City. Tyson, a former world champion who served three years in prison for a 1992 rape, has not been charged in the alleged incident, although San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators have indicated they wanted to question the boxer in the near future.Ref: 98
2002*The text of the letter signed 40 Hall of Famers and sent to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr urges all sides 'to protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage" is released. The former outstanding players, which includes Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays and Warren Spahn, believe another work stoppage in baseball would be a terrible mistake.Ref: 1
2002*After playing the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, the White Sox and Rockies announce a trade which sends veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to Colorado, for right-hander class A minor-league pitcher, Enemencio Pacheco going to Chicago.Ref: 1
2002*The Phillies trade 27-year-old third baseman Scott Rolen along with minor league reliever Doug Nickle to the Cardinals in exchange for infielder Placido Polanco, southpaw Bud Smith and reliever Mike Timlin. Reportedly, the former Philadelphia third sacker rejected a 10-year pact estimated to be worth $140 million due to his feud with manager Larry Bowa.Ref: 1
1703*English novelist Daniel Defoe is made to stand in the pillory as punishment for offending the government and church with his satire The Shortest Way With Dissenters.Ref: 2
1786 The first newspaper west of the Alleghenies was published. Originally called The Pittsburgh Gazette, it is still being published, but is now The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Ref: 4
1928*Mickey Mouse appears in "Steamboat Willie", the 3rd MM cartoon actually shown before the 2nd cartoonRef: 62
1936*RCA shows the first real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)Ref: 5
1950*RKO pictures released the Walt Disney adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson literary classic, Treasure Island.Ref: 4
1957*The new Tonight show debuted with Jack Paar behind the desk and Hugh Downs as his announcer-sidekick.Ref: 5
1965*The Queen of England attended the premiere of the motion picture, Help!, starring The Beatles. The command performance was held at the London Pavilion. The film later earned first prize at the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil.Ref: 4
1974*Jim Hartz was named to join Barbara Walters as co-host of the Today show on NBC. Hartz had been the original host of the popular morning TV show. Others who have hosted the show which has aired since 1952 include Dave Garroway, John Chancellor, Hugh Downs, Frank McGee, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.Ref: 4
1978*600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY.Ref: 5
1982*Andy Taylor of rock group Duran Duran weds Tracie Wilson.Ref: 5
1983*"Friday Night Videos" premiers on NBC TV.Ref: 5
1988 Last US Playboy Club (Lansing Mich) closes.Ref: 5
1988*South African govt bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom".Ref: 5
1991*(Trump) Donald Trump gives Marla Maples a 7+ carat engagement ringRef: 5
1805*Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian who wrote Democracy in America is born.Ref: 68
1816*George Henry Thomas, Union general during the American Civil War, is born.Ref: 2
1825*George Pendleton,American legislator and sponsor of the Pendleton Civil Service Act of 1883, is born.Ref: 70
1849*Max Nordau, Hungarian-French physician, writer, and Jewish nationalist, is born.Ref: 70
1861*Alice Roosevelt first wife of 26th President of the US Theodore Roosevelt; is born. [She dies 17 years before her husband became President]Ref: 4
1866*Birth of Thomas O. Chisholm, American Methodist pastor, teacher, editor and poet. Of the 1,200 sacred verses he penned, one later became the popular hymn: 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness.'.Ref: 5
1867*S.S. Kresge, American businessman, is born.Ref: 2
1869*Booth Tarkington Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Magnificent Ambersons [1919], Alice Adams [1922]; is born.Ref: 4
1871*[Gregory Efimovich] Rasputin the mad Russian monk and powerful influence on Czar Nicolas II, is born.Ref: 5
1876 Maria Ouspenskaya dies.Ref: 10
1877*Charles William Beebe, naturalist who explored the ocean depths in a bathysphere, is born.Ref: 2
1878*Don Marquis, American newspaperman, poet, and playwrightRef: 70
1883*Benito Mussolini, dictator of Fascist Italy, 1922-1945, is born.Ref: 68
1887*Sigmund Romberg Nagykanizsa Hungary, operetta composer (Blossom Time), is born.Ref: 5
1892*William Powell actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Isidor Isaac Rabi Poland, physicist (explored atom-Nobel-1944)Ref: 5
1900*Don Redman Piedmont WV, orch leader (Sugar Hill Times), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Owen Lattimore, American writer, lecturer, sinologist; and victim of McCarthyism, is born.Ref: 70
1900*Eyvind Johnson Sweden, novelist (Return to Ithaca-Nobel 1974), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Jean Dubuffet, French sculptor and painter, is born.Ref: 2
1905*Clara Bow silent screen actress (It, Saturday Night Kid), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Stanley Kunitz, poet, is born.Ref: 2
1905*Thelma Todd actress (Dangerous Female, Devil's Brother), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish statesman, 2nd UN Secretary-General (1953-61) (Nobel Peace -1961posthumously), is born.Ref: 11
1907*Melvin Belli, ‘King of Torts’: attorney, (represented Mae West, Errol Flynn, Muhammad Ali, Jack Ruby, Tammy Fae Bakker) is born.Ref: 4
1909*Chester Himes, author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go), is born.Ref: 2
1913*Stephen McNally NYC, actor (Split Second, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), is born.Ref: 5
1914*"Professor Irwin Corey comedian (Car Wash), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Homer (Henry D. Haynes), comedy singer of Homer and Jethro, is born.Ref: 4
1918*Edwin Greene O'Connor, author (The Last Hurrah), is born.Ref: 2
1918*Mary Lee Settle, novelist, is born.Ref: 2
1920*Hank Ketchum, cartoonist, creator of Dennis the Menace, is born.Ref: 2
1921*Richard Egan actor: Love Me Tender, The Hunters, A Summer Place, Blackbeard the Pirate; is born.Ref: 4
1921*Whitney Young, Jr., civil rights leader and executive director of the National Urban League, is born.Ref: 2
1924*Robert Horton LA CA, actor (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Lloyd Bochner Toronto, (Cecil-Dynasty, Lonely Lady, Naked Gun 2½), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Ted Lindsay Hockey Hall of Famer: Detroit Red Wings: 4 Stanley Cup titles, Chicago Black Hawks; held NHL records for most goals and assists by a left wing and most minutes spent in penalty box, is born.Ref: 4
1925*Mikis Theodorakis Chios Greece, composer (Raven), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Russel Firestone polo great (Circle F-1959 champs), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Don Carter bowling champion: U.S. Open 4 time winner [1953, 1954, 1957, 1958], is born.Ref: 4
1928*Horace Silver, jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, is born.Ref: 2
1930*Paul Taylor dancer & choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Nancy Kassebaum (Sen-R-Ks), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Randy Sparks folk singer, songwriter: groups: New Christy Minstrels: Green, Green, Saturday Night, Today; The Back Porch Majority, Randy Sparks and the Patch Family, is born.Ref: 4
1933*Robert Fuller Troy NY, actor (Laramie, Wagon Train), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Robert Fuller actor: Laramie, Wagon Train, Emergency, Maverick, Donner Pass: The Road to Survival, Sinai Commandos, is born.Ref: 68
1934*Felix (Lamela) Mantilla baseball: Milwaukee Braves [World Series: 1957, 1958], NY Mets, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1965], Houston Astros, is born.Ref: 4
1935*Peter Schreier Meissen Germany, tenor (Dressden State Opera 1961), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Elizabeth Dole, first female US Secretary of Transportation (1983-87), Secretary of Labor (1989-90), President of the American Red Cross (1991-), is born.Ref: 68
1938*Don (Donald Ralph) Wert baseball: Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1968/all-star: 1968], Washington Senators, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Peter Jennings Toronto Canada, news anchor (ABC Evening News), is born.Ref: 5
1941*David Warner Manchester NH, actor (Holocaust), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Roz Kelly Mt Vernon NY, actress (Owl & Pussycat, Happy Days), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Neal Doughty keyboardist ( REO Speedwagon), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Marilyn Quayle (Tucker), wife of 44th Vice-President of the US Dan Quayle, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Radu Voina Romania, team handball (Oly-silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Leslie Easterbrook LA CA, actress (Ryan's Hope, Police Acadamy 5), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Dan (Daniel) Driessen baseball: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1975, 1976], Montreal Expos, SF Giants, Houston Astros, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1987], is born.Ref: 4
1953*Ken Burns Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director: The Civil War [1990-91]; Baseball, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Frank Lloyd Wright, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Lee Gross football: center: Auburn Univ., New Orleans Saints, Baltimore ColtsRef: 4
1953*Geddy Lee lead singer (Rush-Tom Sawyer), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Patty Scialfa singer: backup vocalist for Bruce Springsteen on 1988 tour, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Michael Spinks is born.Ref: 10
1959*Gary Springer NYC, actor (Bernice Bobs Her Hair), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Nelli Kim USSR, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1976), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Alexandra Paul NYC, actress (Christine, American Flyers, Dragnet), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Lisa Peluso actress (Search for Tomorrow, Ava Alden Rescott-Loving), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Martina McBride country singer: The Time Has Come, The Way I Am, Wild Angels, Evolution, Live from the Crazy Horse [Radio Show], is born.Ref: 4
1972*Wil Wheaton (Ensign Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG) is born.Ref: 4
1973*Stephen Dorff Atlanta, actor (I Know My Name is Steven), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Wanya Morris [Squirt], Phila Pa, rapper (Boyz II Men)Ref: 5
1108 King Philip I France dies.Ref: 10
1164*King Olaf of Norway, dies.Ref: 5
1602*The Duke of Biron is executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against King Henry IV of France.Ref: 2
1603*Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists.Ref: 2
1715*10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by hurricane.Ref: 5
1833*Wilbur Wilberforce, England, crusader against slavery, namesake of Wilberforce University in Greene County OH, dies at age 73.Ref: 68
1856*Robert Schumann, German Romantic composer, dies at age 46.Ref: 70
1890*Artist Vincent van Gogh dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France at age 37.Ref: 70
1900*Umberto I, Italian king assassinated by anarchist Gaetano Bresci.Ref: 18
1913*Tobias M Carel Asser, Dutch jurist; won Nobel Prize for Peace (1911) for his role in The Hague treaties, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1947*Gas leak explodes in a beauty parlor, 10 women die in Harrisonburg Va.Ref: 5
1960*Richard Simon cofounder of Simon & Shuster, dies.Ref: 5
1968*Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption.Ref: 5
1970*Sir John Barbirolli, English conductor and cellist, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1974*‘Mama’ Cass Elliott (Ellen Naomi Cohen) singer: group: The Mamas & The Papas: CA Dreamin’, Monday, Monday, Creeque Alley; solo: Dream a Little Dream of Me, It’s Getting Better, Make Your Own Kind of Music; group: The Mugwumps; chokes to death at 30 in London.Ref: 4
1980*A state funeral is held in Cairo, Egypt for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2000)Ref: 83
1981*Robert Moses, the American public servant who supervised the construction of many New York landmarks, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Shea Stadium, dies.Ref: 68
1982*Harold Sakata actor (Kenji-Sarge), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1982*Vladimir Zworykin, Russian-born American inventor and the father of television, dies at age 92.Ref: 70
1983*Luis Bunuel, Spanish director and filmmaker, dies at age 83 of cirrhosis of the liver.Ref: 70
1983*Raymond Massey, actor, dies of pneumonia in Beverly Hills, CA at 86.Ref: 68
1983*(James) David (Graham) Niven Academy Award-winning actor: Separate Tables [1958], The Moon is Blue, Paper Tiger, The Pink Panther, The Guns of Navarone, Around the World in 80 Days, Casino Royale; dies at age 74.Ref: 68
1984*Woodrow Parfey actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack.Ref: 5
1984*Fred Waring choirmaster & bandleader: group: The Pans: The Whiffenpoof Song; invented Waring blender; dies.Ref: 4
1985*James F Nolan actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69.Ref: 5
1988*Ellin Berlin (MacKay) Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86Ref: 5
1993*Roger McCluskey race driver: National Sprint Car Hall of Famer: winner: PPG Cup [official IndyCar World Series Championship]: 1973; raced in 18 Indpls 500 races; Indy Car Driving Champion: 1973; dies.Ref: 4
1994*Abortion opponent Paul Hill shoots and kills Dr. John Bayard Britton and Britton's bodyguard, James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Fla. (Hill was subsequently convicted and sentenced to death.) (TWA, 1995)Ref: 95
1994*Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, English Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1964), dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1995*Les Elgart musician: lead trumpet, bandleader: w/brother Larry; dies at age 77 in Dallas TX. (TWA, 1996)Ref: 95
1998*Jerome Robbins (Rabinowitz) Academy Award-winning director: West Side Story [1961]; dies at age 79.Ref: 4
1999*Mark O. Barton goes on a killing rampage in Atlanta, shooting 21 people, killing 9. Additionally Barton's wife and two children are also dead by gunshot wounds. Barton then killed himself. Barton is also the only suspect in the 1993 slaying of his first wife and mother-in-law. Apparently Barton was upset regarding recent stock market losses. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2000)Ref: 83
2001*Edward Gierek, the Polish communist ruler who pushed for reform during the 1970s but was forced from power in 1980 over mounting debt and strikes, dies at 88. (XDG, p 4A, 7/29/2002)Ref: 83

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