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History Events on June 29

Muhammad Ahmad
In Sudan, Muhammad Ahmad declares himself to be the Mahdi, the messianic redeemer of Islam.


The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.


George Edward Gouraud
George Edward Gouraud records Handel's Israel in Egypt onto a phonograph cylinder, thought for many years to be the oldest known recording of music.


Carpathian Ruthenia
Carpathian Ruthenia is annexed by the Soviet Union.


Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground.


Cao Pi
Cao Pi dies after an illness; his son Cao Rui succeeds him as emperor of the Kingdom of Wei.


Raymond of Poitiers
Raymond of Poitiers is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din Zangi.


1976 Conference of Communist and Workers Parties of Europe
The Conference of Communist and Workers Parties of Europe convenes in East Berlin.


Charilaos Trikoupis
Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis publishes a manifesto in the Athens daily Kairoi entitled "Who's to Blame?" leveling complaints against King George. Trikoupis is elected Prime Minister of Greece the next year.


Alexander Macdonell (bishop)
Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.


St-Hilaire train disaster
Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec.


Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956
The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.


Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.


Sampoong Department Store collapse
The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho District of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.


Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.


Bird of Paradise (aircraft)
The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker tri-motor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii.


Sverre of Norway
Sverre is crowned King of Norway.


A derecho sweeps across the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power.


Hyde Park Township, Cook County, Illinois
Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships vote to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest United States city in area and second largest in population at the time.


Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.


France annexes Tahiti.


Second Battle of Yeonpyeong
Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.


Skanderbeg defeats an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll.


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant self-declared its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.


Autocephaly officially granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Church of Greece.


North Saskatchewan River flood of 1915
The North Saskatchewan River flood of 1915 is the worst flood in Edmonton history.


Charles I of England
Charles I of England defeats a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge.


British diplomat turned Irish nationalist Roger Casement is sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising.


Korean War
Korean War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.


Space Shuttle program
Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.


Jacques Cartier
Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island.


Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.
Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, the Le Pont de Trinquetaille, was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.
Vice President Isabel Perón assumes powers and duties as Acting President of Argentina, while her husband President Juan Peron is terminally ill.
The United States Supreme Court rules in the case Furman v. Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
France grants 1 km2 at Vimy Ridge "freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes".
Russo-Turkish War: Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroys the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.
At the Battle of Konotop the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky defeat the Russians led by Prince Trubetskoy.