Famous birthdays, deaths and events of July 29
1166 - Henry II of Champagne, (d. 1197) 1605 - Simon Dach, German poet (d. 1659) 1797 - Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879) 1801 - George Bradshaw, English publisher (d. 1853) 1843 - Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (d. 1901) 1869 - Booth Tarkington, American author (d. 1946) 1876 - Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-born actress (d. 1949) 1878 - Don Marquis, American author (d. 1937) 1883 - Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian poet and writer (d. 1942) 1883 - Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator (d. 1945) 1885 - Theda Bara, American film actress (d. 1955) 1887 - Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-born composer (d. 1951) 1892 - William Powell, American actor (d. 1984) 1899 - Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959) 1900 - Eyvind Johnson, Swedish writer 1900 - Don Redman, American musician (d. 1964) 1905 - Clara Bow, American actress (d. 1965) 1905 - Thelma Todd, American actress (d. 1935) 1905 - Stanley Kunitz, American poet (d. 2006) 1914 - Irwin Corey, American stand-up comedian 1915 - Bruce R. McConkie, LDS apostle and author (d. 1985) 1916 - Charlie Christian, American jazz guitarist (d. 1942) 1916 - Budd Boetticher, American film director (d. 2001) 1918 - Edwin O'Connor, American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner (d. 1968) 1920 - Rodolfo Acosta, Mexican actor (d. 1974) 1921 - Richard Egan, American actor (d. 1987) 1923 - Gordon Mitchell, American actor (d. 2003) 1924 - Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (d. 2005) 1924 - Robert Horton, American actor 1924 - Elizabeth Short, victim in the Black Dahlia case (d. 1947) 1925 - Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer 1925 - Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player 1927 - Harry Mulisch, Dutch author 1930 - Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer 1933 - Colin Davis, British racing driver 1933 - Robert Fuller, American actor 1941 - David Warner, English actor 1942 - Tony Sirico, American actor 1943 - David Taylor, English snooker player 1946 - Neal Doughty, American musician (REO Speedwagon) 1946 - Diane Keen, English actress 1947 - Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006) 1949 - Leslie Easterbrook, American actress 1951 - Dan Driessen, American baseball player 1951 - Dean Pitchford, American songwriter 1953 - Ken Burns, American producer and director 1953 - Geddy Lee, Canadian bassist and singer (Rush) 1953 - Patti Scialfa, American singer 1953 - Tim Gunn, American television personality 1955 - Dave Stevens, American illustrator 1955 - Jean-Hugues Anglade, French actor 1957 - Nellie Kim, Russian gymnast 1957 - Alessandra Marc, American operatic soprano 1959 - Sanjay Dutt, Indian actor 1959 - Dave LaPoint, American baseball player 1959 - John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy 1962 - Vincent Rousseau, Belgian athlete 1962 - Scott Steiner, American professional wrestler 1963 - Graham Poll, English football referee 1963 - Alexandra Paul, American actress 1965 - Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-born author 1965 - Dean Haglund, Canadian actor 1966 - Martina McBride, American singer 1966 - Richard Steven Horvitz, American comic voiceactor 1968 - Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica) 1970 - John Rennie, Former Zimbabwean cricketer 1971 - Monica Calhoun, American actress 1971 - Lisa Ekdahl, Swedish singer songwriter 1972 - Wil Wheaton, American actor 1973 - Stephen Dorff, American actor 1973 - Wanya Morris, American singer (Boyz II Men) 1974 - Josh Radnor, American actor 1975 - Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer 1975 - Lanka de Silva, Former Sri Lankan cricketer 1979 - Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer 1979 - Ronald Murray, American basketball player 1980 - Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player 1980 - Fernando González, Chilean tennis player 1980 - Rachel Miner, American actress 1981 - Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula 1 Driver 1981 - Andrés Madrid, Argentine footballer 1981 - Troy Perkins, American soccer player 1982 - Janez Aljanèiè, Slovenian footballer 1982 - Jônatas Domingos, Brazilian footballer 1982 - Allison Mack, American actress 1983 - Alexei Kaigorodov, Russian hockey player 1984 - Chad Billingsley, American baseball player 1987 - Sabra Johnson, American dancer 1991 - Miki Ishikawa, American actress
1030 - Olaf II of Norway, (b. 995) 1108 - Philip I of France, (b. 1052) 1792 - René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (b. 1714) 1833 - William Wilberforce, English abolitionist (b. 1759) 1844 - Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1791) 1856 - Robert Schumann, German composer (b. 1810) 1857 - Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (b. 1774) 1934 - Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883) 1950 - Joe Fry, British racing driver (b. 1915) 1954 - Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879) 1964 - Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885) 1973 - Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948) 1974 - Cass Elliot, American musician (b. 1941) 1974 - Erich Kästner, German author (b. 1899) 1976 - Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913) 1979 - Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916) 1981 - Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888) 1982 - Harold Sakata, Japanese-American actor (b. 1920) 1983 - Luis Buñuel, Spanish director (b. 1900) 1983 - Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (b. 1896) 1983 - David Niven, English actor (b. 1910) 1987 - Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894) 1990 - Bruno Kreisky, Chancellor of Austria (b. 1911) 1992 - Michel Larocque, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952) 1996 - Jason Thirsk, American bassist (Pennywise) (b. 1967) 1998 - Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918) 2001 - Wau Holland, German computer hacker (b. 1951) 2004 - Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923) 2007 - Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940) 2007 - Michel Serrault, French actor (b. 1928) 2007 - Tom Snyder, American television personality (b. 1936) 2007 - Marvin Zindler, American television reporter (b. 1921) 2008 - Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
1030 - Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad 1565 - The widowed Mary Queen of Scots marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Duke of Albany at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1567 - James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling. 1588 - Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines 1693 - War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen 1793 - John Graves Simcoe decides to build a fort and settlement at Toronto, having sailed into the bay there. 1830 - Abdication of Charles X of France. 1836 - Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 1847 - Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, United States. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 1848 - Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt 1851 - Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia. 1858 - United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty. 1864 - American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC. 1899 - The First Hague Convention is signed. 1900 - In Italy, King Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by Italian-born anarchist Gaetano Bresci. 1907 - Sir Robert Baden-Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp ran from August 1-9, 1907, and is regarded as the founding of the Scouting movement. 1920 - Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project. 1921 - Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party. 1932 - Great Depression: in Washington, DC, U.S. troops disperse the last of the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans. 1937 - Tongzhou Incident 1945 - The BBC Light Programme radio station was launched for mainstream light entertainment and music. 1948 - Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad 1957 - The International Atomic Energy Agency is established. 1958 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 1959 - First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union. 1965 - Vietnam War: the first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay. 1966 - Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York. 1967 - Vietnam War: off the coast of North Vietnam the USS Forrestal catches on fire in the worst U.S. naval disaster since World War II, killing 134. 1967 - At the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela was shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead. 1976 - In New York City, the "Son of Sam" kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks. 1981 - Marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. 1987 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build the tunnel under the English Channel (Eurotunnel). 1987 - Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayawardene sign the Indo-Lankan Pact on ethnic issues. 1993 - The Israeli Supreme Court acquits alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of all charges and he is set free. 1996 - The controversial child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court. 2005 - Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris. 2010 - Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.