History Events on June 29
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 records Handel's Israel in Egypt onto a phonograph cylinder, thought for many years to be the oldest known recording of music.
Carpathian Ruthenia is annexed by the Soviet Union.
The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground.
Cao Pi dies after an illness; his son Cao Rui succeeds him as emperor of the Kingdom of Wei.
Raymond of Poitiers is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din Zangi.
The Conference of Communist and Workers Parties of Europe convenes in East Berlin.
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 and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.
Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec.
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. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho District of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937.
Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.
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 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 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 tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
France annexes Tahiti.
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.
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.
The North Saskatchewan River flood of 1915 is the worst flood in Edmonton history.
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: U.S. President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.
Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.
Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island.