June 29 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on June 29.

June 29

Events on June 29

48 BCE Julius Caesar defeats his brother-in-law and former ally Pompey at Pharsalus and thus becomes absolute ruler of Rome.

1603 The Globe Theatre in London burns down as a cannon is fired for the king’s entrance in Shakespeare’s Henry V.

1801 The first census was carried out in Britain.

1855 The Daily Telegraph was first published in Britain.

1864 Samuel Crowther, Bishop of Niger, becomes the first black Church of England bishop.

1905 The Automobile Association was founded in Britain.

1921 Death of Lady Randolph Churchill, American mother of Winston Churchill.

1940 Death of Swiss painter and graphic artist Paul Klee, individual 20th-century artist.

1941 Polish pianist, composer, and statesman, Paderewski dies.

1956 American playwright Arthur Miller married Marilyn Monroe.

1965 The first US military ground action begins in Vietnam.

1967 American actress Jayne Mansfield is killed in a car crash.

1974 Isabel Peron takes over the presidency of Argentina when her husband succumbs to illness.

1976 Seychelles became an independent republic.

1990 Lithuania announces it will suspend its declaration of independence for 100 days.

Famous Birthdays on June 29

Giacomo Leopardi 1798, Italian poet with a pessimistic philosophy largely engendered by an unhappy childhood, poor health, and failed love affairs.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1900, French novelist and aviator best known for The Little Prince, a children’s fable.

Rafael Kubelik 1914, Czech conductor and composer.

Nelson Eddy 1901, American singer and actor who partnered Jeanette McDonald in film operettas.

Historical News on June 29

Floyd Headline at Hyde Park Festival

Floyd Headline at Hyde Park festival on June 29
Floyd Headline at Hyde Park festival

1970 Midsummer madness swept London’s Hyde Park today as music fans flocked in their thousands to take part in a new phenomenon that has recently hit Britain – the open-air rock festival.

Massive festivals of this kind have been a feature of American youth culture for some time, but the idea has only caught on in the UK in the last couple of years, the first British rock festival was staged at Woburn Abbey, home of the enterprising Duke of Bedford.

A number of bands are playing in today’s day-long concert, but the main attraction is the progressive pop group, Pink Floyd.

As fans lazed on the grass, the strange and haunting strains of the band’s music floated over their heads and out into the city.

With its experimental electronic sounds and loose musical structure, Pink Floyd’s music has pushed beyond the boundaries of conventional pop, to become, some would claim, a new art form.

South Africa Imposes New Racist Laws

1925 The South African government today adopted racial inequality as a political policy, passing an act that bars black South Africans from holding skilled or semi-skilled jobs.

Job inequality between blacks and whites has its roots in the gold – mining industry of the last century when mining bosses had an almost limitless pool of cheap, unskilled labour in the native population.

Skilled labour in the native population. Skilled labour, however, had to be attracted from overseas by the lure of high waves.

Although by the 1900s the blacks had acquired the necessary skills for promotion and would still have been cheaper to employ, white employees refused to be ousted from their positions.

In 1922, a move by the Chamber of Mines to reduce inequality and cut white wages met with a storm of violent protest.

The white lobby has proved too powerful for the government to ignore, and today’s legislation may be the first of many new laws, marking the rise of new, systematic oppression of the majority black population.

White House Rocked by Rent Boy Scandal

1989 It was revealed today that federal investigators have uncovered a homosexual prostitution and blackmail ring whose client list includes military officers and leading members of Washington’s political elite – one of the ring’s clients took two male prostitutes on a night tour of the White House.

The call-boy network, Professional Services, was run under the guise of a funeral home and payments for sex were entered as “cremation urn” or “prayer cards”.

Officials in the Bush and Reagan administration have been implicated, as have a former staff of Jimmy Carter.

Tobacco Treat for Virginia

1620 The UK government has today banned the growing of tobacco in Britain.

A tobacco-growing monopoly has instead been granted to the colony of Virginia, at a tax of one shilling per pound.

Colonists have for some time been using the leaf as their main exchange commodity in return for manufactured goods from Europe.

Nicotiana tabacum, named after the French ambassador to Lisbon who is said to have sent seeds to Catherine de Medici, is of American origin, smoked by the Indians.

But King James I of England denounced it as a health hazard in 1604.

Atlantic Conqueror

Atlantic Conqueror Pop and airline millionaire Richard Branson on June 29
Atlantic Conqueror Pop and airline millionaire Richard Branson

1986 Pop and airline millionaire Richard Branson, and the crew of Virgin Atlantic Challenger II, beat the Atlantic crossing record by slicing two hours and nine minutes off the time set in 1952.

They arrived at Bishop’s Rock lighthouse, off the Scilly Isles, at 7.30 this evening.

Maradona on a Roll

1986 Argentina took the World Cup again today thanks to Maradona, who was indirectly responsible for all the goals.

The West Germans did their best to keep him in check with Matthaus marking Maradona, shoulder to shoulder, so closely attached that they might have been a honeymoon couple on the dance floor.

It was a thrilling game, and Maradona was the undisputed star of the show.

Leave a Reply