TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: JUNE 29
1613 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England, burns down during a performance of “Henry VIII”
1652 Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth.
1767 The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America.
1776 Va state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor
1863 Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg
1880 France annexes Tahiti.
1888 Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.
1900 The Imperial Chinese Court issues what is essentially a declaration of war against the foreigners in China and blames hostilities on them, giving license to Boxers for even greater ferocity
1905 Russian troops intervene as riots erupt in ports all over the country, leaving many ships looted.
1926 Fascists in Rome add an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.
1938 Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.
1946 British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to end alleged terrorism.
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.
1953 The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast.
1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate
1967 Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem.
1972 The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual” prompting some states to revise their laws.
1977 Supreme Court ruled out death penalty for rapists of adults
1982 Israel invades Lebanon.
1982 Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended
1990 Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are banned to protect the ozone layer
1994 US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees
1995 The Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir
2007 Apple releases the first iPhone
REFERENCE: HISTORY.NET, ONTHISDAY.COM, TIMEANDDATE.COM, INFOPLEASE.COM, FACTMONSTER.COM, SCOPESYS.COM, ON-THIS-DAY.COM, THEPEOPLEHISTORY.COM