June 29

1236: Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon takes Cordoba in Spain.

1652: Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth.

1767: The British parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America.

1862: Union forces, falling back from Richmond, fight at the Battle of Savage’s Station.

1880: France annexes Tahiti.

1888: Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.

1903: The British government officially protests Belgian atrocities in the Congo.

1905: Russian troops intervene as riots erupt in ports all over the country, leaving many ships looted.

1917: Ukraine proclaims independence from Russia.

1925: An earthquake ravages Santa Barbara, California.

1926: Fascists in Rome add an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.

1932: Siam’s army seizes Bangkok and announces an end to the absolute monarchy.

1938: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.

1950: President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.

1951: The United States invites the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonsan Harbor.

1955: The Soviet Union sends tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.

1966: The U.S. Air Force bombs fuel storage facilities near Hanoi, North Vietnam.

1967: Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem.

1970: U.S. troops pull out of Cambodia.

1982: Israel invades Lebanon.

Born on June 29

1858: George Washington Goethals, engineer of the Panama Canal.

1861: William James Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

1865: William E. Borah, Republican senator from Idaho, opponent of the League of Nations.

1886: James Van Der Zee, African American photographer.

1900: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, aviator and writer.

1910: Frank Loesser, songwriter.

1930: Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist.

1941: Stokely Carmichael, African American civil rights leader.

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