What Happened On This Day – June 29
2007 Apple releases the first iPhone
The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry and for a while made Apple one of the world's most valuable companies.
1995 The Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir
The rendezvous in space marked a new age of cooperation between the former Cold War adversaries. The docking created the largest man-made Earth satellite in history.
1990 Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are banned to protect the ozone layer
The London Amendment to the Montreal Protocol stipulated that CFCs be phased out by 2000 in developed countries and by 2010 in developing countries. CFCs are one of the substances most harmful to the ozone layer, escalating the greenhouse effect and global warming.
1986 Richard Branson breaks the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing by boat
The British businessman took about three days to cross the ocean in his speedboat “Virgin Atlantic Challenger II”. He was denied the prestigious Blue Riband for the fastest crossing because he refueled on the way.
1927 Two U.S. aviators complete the first transpacific flight
Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger had taken off from Oakland Municipal Airport the previous day. Their “Bird of Paradise” aircraft touched down in Oahu, Hawaii 25 hours and 50 minutes later.
Births On This Day – June 29
1978 Nicole Scherzinger
American singer, dancer, actress
1968 Theoren Fleury
Canadian ice hockey player
1936 Harmon Killebrew
American baseball player
1900 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1798 Giacomo Leopardi
Deaths On This Day – June 29
2003 Katharine Hepburn
American actress, singer
1967 Jayne Mansfield
American model, actress, singer
1940 Paul Klee
1933 Roscoe Arbuckle
American actor, director, screenwriter
1895 Thomas Henry Huxley