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Sunday 29 July 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Somer’s Day can fall, while August 4 is the latest; celebrated on Friday before the first Monday in August. (Bermuda)
  • International Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day

Events

  • In 2016 the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone an area in the Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining is found to contain an abundance and diversity of life, with more than half of the species collected being new to science.
  • 2005 – Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.
  • 1976 – In New York City, David Berkowitz (a.k.a. the "Son of Sam") kills one person and seriously wounds another in the first of a series of attacks.
  • 1973 – Greeks vote to abolish the monarchy, beginning the first period of the Metapolitefsi.
  • 1965 – Vietnam War: The first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay.
  • 1959 – First United States Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union.
  • 1948 – Olympic Games: The Games of the XIV Olympiad: After a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London.
  • 1899 – The First Hague Convention is signed.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.
  • 1858 – United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.
  • 1851 – Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia.
  • 587 BC – The Neo-Babylonian Empire sacks Jerusalem and destroys the First Temple.

Births

  • 1993 – Nicole Melichar, American tennis player
  • 1991 – Miki Ishikawa, American actress and singer
  • 1984 – Chad Billingsley, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Elise Testone, American singer-songwriter
  • 1983 – Jerious Norwood, American football player
  • 1981 – Troy Perkins, American soccer player
  • 1980 – Ben Koller, American drummer
  • 1980 – Ryan Braun, Canadian-American baseball player
  • 1979 – Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Mike Adams, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Danger Mouse, American keyboard player, drummer, and producer
  • 1977 – Rodney Jerkins, American rapper and producer
  • 1974 – Josh Radnor, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Stephen Dorff, American actor and producer
  • 1973 – Wanya Morris, American singer
  • 1972 – Wil Wheaton, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Adele Griffin, American author
  • 1966 – Martina McBride, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1965 – Chang-Rae Lee, South Korean-American author and academic
  • 1965 – Luis Alicea, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach
  • 1965 – Stan Koziol, American soccer player (d. 2014)
  • 1965 – Woody Weatherman, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1963 – Alexandra Paul, American actress and producer
  • 1962 – Scott Steiner, American wrestler
  • 1959 – Dave LaPoint, American baseball player and manager
  • 1958 – Cynthia Rowley, American fashion designer
  • 1958 – Gail Dines, English-American author, activist, and academic
  • 1956 – Ronnie Musgrove, American lawyer and politician, 62nd Governor of Mississippi
  • 1956 – Teddy Atlas, American boxer, trainer, and sportscaster
  • 1955 – Dave Stevens, American illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1953 – Ken Burns, American director and producer
  • 1953 – Patti Scialfa, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Tim Gunn, American television host and actor
  • 1951 – Dan Driessen, American baseball player and coach
  • 1951 – Dean Pitchford, American actor, director, screenwriter, and composer
  • 1950 – Jenny Holzer, American painter, author, and dancer
  • 1949 – Leslie Easterbrook, American actress
  • 1947 – Dick Harmon, American golfer and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1946 – Neal Doughty, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1945 – Sharon Creech, American author and educator
  • 1944 – Jim Bridwell, American rock climber and mountaineer
  • 1941 – Jennifer Dunn, American engineer and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1940 – Betty Harris, American chemist
  • 1938 – Peter Jennings, Canadian-American journalist and author (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – Daniel McFadden, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate
  • 1936 – Elizabeth Dole, American lawyer and politician, 20th United States Secretary of Labor
  • 1933 – Lou Albano, Italian-American wrestler, manager, and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1933 – Randy Sparks, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (The New Christy Minstrels)
  • 1933 – Robert Fuller, American actor and rancher
  • 1932 – Nancy Kassebaum, American businesswoman and politician
  • 1930 – Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer
  • 1925 – Harold W. Kuhn, American mathematician and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Lloyd Bochner, Canadian-American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Robert Horton, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Edgar Cortright, American scientist and engineer (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – George Burditt, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Gordon Mitchell, American bodybuilder and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1923 – Jim Marshall, English businessman, founded Marshall Amplification (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Richard Egan, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1918 – Don Ingalls, American writer and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Edwin O'Connor, American journalist and author (d. 1968)
  • 1918 – Mary Lee Settle, American novelist, essayist, and memoirist (d. 2005)
  • 1916 – Budd Boetticher, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1916 – Charlie Christian, American guitarist (d. 1942)
  • 1915 – Bruce R. McConkie, American colonel and religious leader (d. 1985)
  • 1915 – Francis W. Sargent, American soldier and politician, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1914 – Irwin Corey, American actor and activist (d. 2017)
  • 1911 – Foster Furcolo, American lawyer and politician, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1910 – Gale Page, American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1909 – Chester Himes, American-Spanish author (d. 1984)
  • 1909 – Samm Sinclair Baker, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1907 – Melvin Belli, American lawyer (d. 1996)
  • 1906 – Thelma Todd, American actress and singer (d. 1935)
  • 1905 – Clara Bow, American actress (d. 1965)
  • 1905 – Stanley Kunitz, American poet and translator (d. 2006)
  • 1904 – J. R. D. Tata, French-Indian pilot and businessman, founded Tata Motors and Tata Global Beverages (d. 1993)
  • 1900 – Don Redman, American composer, and bandleader (d. 1964)
  • 1899 – Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • 1898 – Isidor Isaac Rabi, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1892 – William Powell, American actor and singer (d. 1984)
  • 1888 – Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American engineer, invented the Iconoscope (d. 1982)
  • 1887 – Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian-American pianist and composer (d. 1951)
  • 1885 – Theda Bara, American actress (d. 1955)
  • 1884 – Ralph Austin Bard, American financier and politician, 2nd Under Secretary of the Navy (d. 1975)
  • 1880 – John Meyers, American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1971)
  • 1878 – Don Marquis, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1937)
  • 1876 – Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian-American actress and acting teacher (d. 1949)
  • 1872 – Eric Alfred Knudsen, American author, lawyer, and politician (d. 1957)
  • 1869 – Booth Tarkington, American novelist and dramatist (d. 1946)
  • 1849 – Max Nordau, Hungarian physician, author, and critic, co-founded the World Zionist Organization (d. 1923)
  • 1806 – Horace Abbott, American businessman and banker (d. 1887)
  • 1797 – Daniel Drew, American businessman and financier (d. 1879)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Franklin H. Westervelt, American computer scientist, engineer, and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Mike Pyle, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Idris Muhammad, American drummer and composer (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Jon R. Cavaiani, English-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – M. Caldwell Butler, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Thomas R. St. George, American soldier and author (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Peter Flanigan, American banker and civil servant (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – Charles E. Wicks, American chemist and academic (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Bruce Edward Ivins, American scientist and bio-defense researcher (b. 1946)
  • 2007 – Marvin Zindler, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 2007 – Tom Snyder, American journalist and talk show host (b. 1936)
  • 2003 – Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean soldier, founded the Revolutionary United Front (b. 1937)
  • 2001 – Wau Holland, German computer scientist, co-founded Chaos Computer Club (b. 1951)
  • 1998 – Jerome Robbins, American director, producer, and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Jason Thirsk, American singer and bass player (b. 1967)
  • 1995 – Les Elgart, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1917)
  • 1994 – John Britton, American physician (b. 1925)
  • 1984 – Fred Waring, American television host and bandleader (b. 1900)
  • 1983 – Raymond Massey, Canadian-American actor and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1982 – Harold Sakata, American wrestler and actor (b. 1920)
  • 1982 – Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American engineer, invented the Iconoscope (b. 1889)
  • 1981 – Robert Moses, American urban planner, designed the Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway (b. 1888)
  • 1979 – Bill Todman, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1916)
  • 1976 – Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913)
  • 1974 – Cass Elliot, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1964 – Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1962 – Leonardo De Lorenzo, Italian-American flute player and educator (b. 1875)
  • 1951 – Ali Sami Yen, Turkish footballer and manager, founded Galatasaray S.K. (b. 1886)
  • 1918 – Ernest William Christmas, Australian-American painter (b. 1863)
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