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What are the important events that happened on July 29? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 29 is the 211st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 155 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 16, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,469,750,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecahenagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 183 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,316 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 29 Historical Events

  • 1848
    Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt – in Tipperary, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police.
  • 1932
    Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., troops disperse the last of the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans.
  • 1945
    The BBC Light Programme radio station is launched for mainstream light entertainment and music.
  • 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.
  • 1981
    A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Who were born on July 29?

  • 1920
    Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1946
    Neal Doughty, American keyboardist (REO Speedwagon)
  • 1959
    John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang)
  • 1980
    Fernando González, Chilean tennis player

Who died on July 29?

  • 1970
    John Barbirolli, English conductor (b. 1899)
  • 1974
    Erich Kästner, German poet and children’s writer (b. 1899)
  • 1979
    Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • 2004
    Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Mike Reid, English comedian and actor (b. 1940)

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