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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, 408,264 hours 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

  • 238
    The Praetorian Guard stormed the palace and capture Pupienus and Balbinus. They are dragged through the streets of Rome and executed. On the same day Gordian III, age 13, is proclaimed emperor.
  • 1693
    War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen – France wins a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
  • 1858
    United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.
  • 1899
    The First Hague Convention is signed.
  • 1920
    Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.

Who were born on July 29?

  • 1878
    Don Marquis, American author (d. 1937)
  • 1899
    Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • 1911
    Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1933
    Colin Davis, British racing driver
  • 1959
    Dave LaPoint, American baseball player

Who died on July 29?

  • 1938
    Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1950
    Joe Fry, British racing driver (b. 1915)
  • 1987
    Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian-born Bengali writer (b. 1894)
  • 1990
    Bruno Kreisky, Chancellor of Austria (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)

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