Holidays Calendar for June 29, 2016

The Republic of Seychelles annually celebrates Independence Day on June 29. This holiday celebrates the day, when Seychelles gained independence from Great Britain.

Autonomy Day, celebrated annually on June 29, is one of the public holidays in French Polynesia. Observation of this holiday is connected with the history of French colonization.

June 29 is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, that is observed by Western Christianity. The feast has got ancient origin and it had been established in Roman Empire.

Day of Partisans and Underground Resistance is Russian memorial day, that was established in 2009. It was celebrated for the first time on June 29, 2010.

June 29 is National Almond Buttercrunch Day. This candy is great to sedate everyone with sweet tooth, but it brings the crunch, and you know it.

Annually 21 days from Flag Day are Honor America Days. This observance was created with the aim that all Americans could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.

This Day in History

  • 2008 Died: Don S. Davis, American actor best known for his roles as General George S. Hammond in Stargate SG-1 and Major Garland Briggs in Twin Peaks.
  • 2007 Apple Inc. released its first smartphone, the iPhone (retroactively labeled the original iPhone). Since 2013, it has been considered obsolete.
  • 2003 Died: Katharine Hepburn, American actress who had been a leading lady in Hollywood for over six decades. She received four Academy Awards for Best Actress.
  • 2002 The Second Battle of Yeonpyeong took place near Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. It was fought between North Korea and South Korea.
  • 2002 Died: Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist who was awarded the 2001 Turing Award, sharing it with Kristen Nygaard.
  • 2002 Died: Rosemary Clooney, American cabaret singer and actress whose best known hits include Come On-a My House and Mambo Italiano.
  • 1999 Died: Allan Carr, Tony-winning American producer and manager of stage and screen. He is best known for producing the 1978 film Grease.
  • 1995 The Sampoong Department Store collapsed in Seoul, South Korea, killing 502 people and injuring 937. The collapse was caused by structural overload.
  • 1982 Died: Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer known for his elegance and sophistication. He founded leading post-war fashion house Balmain.
  • 1978 Born: Nicole Scherzinger, American singer, dancer, actress and television personality. She rose to fame as lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls.
  • 1974 Isabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina. She formally assumed the presidency on July 1, following the death of Juan Perón.
  • 1967 Died: Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer), American actress, singer, nightclub entertainer and one of the early Playboy Playmates.
  • 1959 Born: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, Turkmen politician and statesman who has served as the second president of Turkmenistan since 2006.
  • 1956 Marilyn Monroe married playwright and screenwriter Arthur Miller. It was her third and last marriage. Monroe and Miller divorced in 1961.
  • 1948 Born: Ian Paice, English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple.
  • 1945 Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union signed a treaty, ceding Carpathian Ruthenia to the USSR. It was incorporated into the Ukrainian SSR.
  • 1940 Died: Paul Klee, Swiss painter whose best known works include Flower Myth, Red Balloon, Nocturnal Festivity, Tale à la Hoffman, Senecio.
  • 1929 Born: Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist, political interviewer and author. Her long and successful journalistic career spanned over 50 years.
  • 1900 Born: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and aviator best known for his novella The Little Prince which was first published in 1943.
  • 1895 Died: Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist who was referred to as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his advocacy of Darwin's evolution theory.
  • 1892 Born: Henry Gerber, American gay rights activist who founded the Society for Human Rights, the first gay rights organization in the country.
  • 1864 A train fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River near the present-day town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, killing at least 99 people.
  • 1861 Died: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet of the Victorian era. Her best known works include Aurora Leigh and Sonnets from the Portuguese.
  • 1861 Born: William James Mayo, American physician and surgeon who was one of the seven founders of the nonprofit Mayo Clinic.
  • 1858 Born: George Washington Goethals, United States Army officer and civil engineer best known for co-designing the Panama Canal.
  • 1819 Born: Thomas Dunn English, American politician, author and songwriter remembered for his bitter ongoing feud with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • 1800 The King of Pōmare ceded the island of Tahiti to France. Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia.
  • 1793 Born: Josef Ressel, German Bohemian inventor who is primarily remembered for designing one of the first working ship's propellers.
  • 1776 Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóu founded Mission San Francisco de Asís in what is now San Francisco, California.
  • 1613 The Globe Theatre in London was completely destroyed by fire during a performance of Henry VII. It was rebuilt in the following year.