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On this day in history - June 29

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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

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

    French writer

  • 1798 Giacomo Leopardi

    Italian poet

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
June 29

  • 2003 Katharine Hepburn

    American actress, singer

  • 1967 Jayne Mansfield

    American model, actress, singer

  • 1940 Paul Klee

    Swiss/German painter

  • 1933 Roscoe Arbuckle

    American actor, director, screenwriter

  • 1895 Thomas Henry Huxley

    English biologist