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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

  • 1014
    Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion – Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat on the Bulgarian army, and his subsequent treatment of 15,000 prisoners reportedly causes Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria to die of a heart attack less than three months later, on October 6.
  • 1693
    War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen – France wins a Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: the first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay.
  • 1996
    The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act is struck down by a U.S. federal court as too broad .

Who were born on July 29?

  • 1166
    Henry II, Count of Champagne and King of Jerusalem (d. 1197)
  • 1797
    Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
  • 1932
    Nancy Kassebaum Baker, United States Senator from Kansas
  • 1938
    Peter Jennings, Canadian-born American journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1990
    Munro Chambers, Canadian actor

Who died on July 29?

  • 1839
    Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • 1966
    Adekunle Fajuyi, Nigerian regional military governor (b. 1926)
  • 1973
    Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1983
    Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (b. 1896)
  • 1987
    Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Indian-born Bengali writer (b. 1894)

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