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July 29th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

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July 29th History Highlights

  • 1945 - The USS Indiana was torpedoed and sank. Only 318 of 1,196 crewmen survived.
  • 1954 - The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien was published.
  • 1958 - NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was established.
  • 155 days left in the year.

Traditional July 29th Information

When Americans talk about the day they declared independence from Great Britain, the don't say the actual date the American way (July 4th), they say it the British way (4th of July)

July 29th is...

International Tiger Day
National Chicken Wing Day
National Lipstick Day
Rain Day

July 29th Quotes

"You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world."
- Tim Gunn

"They yell at me to be dignified. But what are the dignified people like? The people who are held up as examples of me? They are snobs. Frightful snobs I'm a curiosity in Hollywood. I'm a big freak, because I'm myself!"
- Clara Bow

"'Why do I wear tennis shoes?' That's two questions. Do I wear tennis shoes? The answer to that question is, 'Yes.' 'Why?'" That's a question philosophers have been pondering for centuries."
- Irwin Corey

"Have you noticed that the people who actually make the laws, the people in power, never make laws for themselves?"
- William Powell

"Often immitated, but never duplicated!"
- Lou Albano

"Be honest. Be kind. Be honorable. Work hard. And always be awesome."
- Wil Wheaton

"I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still learning and trying to do something every time out."
- Geddy Lee

"I have the face of a vampire, but the heart of a feminist."
- Theda Bara

"To be good is to be forgotten. I'm going to be so bad I'll always be remembered."
- Theda Bara

July 29th Birthdays

1883 - Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist politician, 27th Prime Minister of Italy (died in 1945)
1885 - Theda Bara, American actress (died in 1955)
1892 - William Powell, American actor (died in 1984)
1905 - Clara Bow, American actress (died in 1965)
1906 - Thelma Todd, American actress (died in 1935)
1914 - 'Professor' Irwin Corey, American comedian and actor (died in 2017)
1933 - Lou Albano, Italian-American wrestler, manager, and actor (died in 2009)
1953 - Geddy Lee, Canadian musician
1953 - Tim Gunn, American television host and actor
1954 - Patti Scialfa, American musician
1955 - Dave Stevens, American illustrator (died in 2008)
1966 - Martina McBride, American singer-songwriter
1972 - Wil Wheaton, American actor
1982 - Allison Mack, American actress

July 29th History

1148 - The Siege of Damascus ended with a crusader defeat and lead end of the Second Crusade.

1836 - Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph of the Star) in Paris, France.

1914 - The 7 mile long Cape Cod Canal opened in Massachusetts.

1916 - Matheson Fire, Ontario

1921 - Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.

1948 - 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.

1958 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1969 - #1 Hit July 29, 1967 - August 18, 1967: The Doors - Light My Fire

1972 - #1 Hit July 29, 1972 - August 25, 1972: Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)

1976 - David Berkowitz (the "Son of Sam") killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks in New York City.

1981 - A worldwide TV audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

1982 - Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped actor Andy Kaufman in the face on the program Late Night with David Letterman, a staged event that prompted a several month 'war' between the two of them.

1987 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel (Chunnel).

2000 - #1 Hit July 29, 2000 - August 11, 2000: 'N Sync - It's Gonna Be Me

2005 - Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet, Eris.

July 29, 2015- Windows 10 was released.

Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A group of Hawks (in flight) is called a Kettle.

Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive. Researchers hoping to view them must sign a disclaimer.

Average wait in the waiting room of a doctor's office: 20 minutes.

Ritchie Valens - Real Name: Ritchie Valenzuela

Normalcy - word invented by President Warren G. Harding

When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community.

If a thief uses 1234 as a PIN number, they could access funds in almost 1 out of every 9 wallets they steal.

"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." - Marie "Slim" Browning (Lauren Bacall) in To Have and Have Not, 1944

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