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6/29/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 29

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Today in History in 1534 Jacques Cartier discovered the Prince Edward Islands in Canada; in 1613 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burned down; and in 1861 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet and writer died at age 55.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1534 - Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Islands Canada
  • 1613 - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre burns down
  • 1776 - Virginia state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor
  • 1863 - George Armstrong Custer, aged 23 appointed Union Brigadier General
  • 1888 - First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.
  • 1949 - South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages
  • 1954 - US Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. Robert Oppenheimer
  • 1964 - Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in Senate
  • 1990 - World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr. Penny Jamieson, appointed, New Zealand
  • 1994 - US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees
  • 1996 - Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900
  • 2002 - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as Acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1916 - Ruth Warwick, St Joseph, Missouri, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children)
  • 1919 - Slim Pickens, Kingsburg California, actor (Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles)
  • 1930 - Robert Evans, director/actor (Love Story, Godfather, Chinatown), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 - Little Eva (Eva Boyd), Belhaven, North Carolina, American pop singer (Locomotion)

Famous Weddings

  • 1822 - Nephew of Napoleon, biologist and ornithologist Prince Charles Bonaparte marries cousin Zenaide Bonaparte
  • 1854 - English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls
  • 1931 - Actress Mary Astor (25) weds Dr. Franklyn Thorpe
  • 1956 - Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for 3rd time playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York
  • 1967 - Actress Maggie Smith (32) weds actor Robert Stephens (35) in Greenwich, England
  • 1970 - Medical researcher Jonas Salk (55) weds painter and author Françoise Gilot (48) in Paris
  • 1983 - Producer Dick Wolf (36) weds Christine Marburg
  • 2002 - Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (43) weds Shelby Roos (29) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills
  • 2003 - Actress Emma Thompson (44) weds actor Greg Wise (37) in Loch Eck, Scotland
  • 2005 - American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 2005 - "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell (39) weds business executive Keith Zubchevich (36) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2014 - "Hart of Dixie" actress Brandi Burkhardt (35) weds Douglas Kazanjian in Annapolis, Maryland

Famous Divorces

  • 1762 - Russian Tsar Peter III divorces his wife Catherine II
  • 1943 - Actor Jackie Coogan (28) divorces actress Flower Parry after almost 2 years of marriage
  • 2012 - Actress Katie Holmes (33) divorces American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (50) allegedly due to disagreement about their religious beliefs and the raising of their daughter Suri, after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1852 - Henry Clay, the great compromiser, dies of tuberculosis at 75
  • 1861 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet and writer ("How Do I Love thee"), dies at 55
  • 1941 - Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish statesman and pianist, dies in NY at 80
  • 1978 - Bob Crane, actor (Donna Reed Show, Hogan-Hogan's Heroes), murdered at 49
  • 1995 - Lana Turner, actress (Madame X), dies of cancer at 75
  • 2002 - Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)

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