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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.
  • 1030
    Ladejarl-Fairhair succession wars: Battle of Stiklestad – King Olaf II fights and dies trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes.
  • 1851
    Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.
  • 1907
    Sir Robert Baden Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp runs from August 1 to August 9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement.
  • 1948
    Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad – after a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London.

Who were born on July 29?

  • 1846
    Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (d. 1921)
  • 1915
    Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1955
    Jean-Hugues Anglade, French actor
  • 1959
    John Sykes, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Tygers of Pan Tang)
  • 1984
    Wilson Palacios, Honduran footballer

Who died on July 29?

  • 1839
    Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1924
    Sotirios Krokidas, Greek law professor, interim Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1852)
  • 1974
    Erich Kästner, German poet and children’s writer (b. 1899)
  • 2008
    Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian playback singer (b. 1989)
  • 2009
    Gayatri Devi, England-born Indian Maharani of Jaipur (b. 1919)

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