This Day In History : June 29

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A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland

Around June 29, 512 AD, an Irish monk recorded one of the first solar eclipses of the common era in the Chronicle of Ireland.

Also on This Day in History June 29

Discover what happened on June 29 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, June 29
  • 1861 William James Mayo

    American physician who co-founded the Mayo Clinic

  • 1793 Josef Ressel

    Czech-Austrian inventor who invented the propeller

  • 1858 George Washington Goethals

    American general and engineer who co-designed the Panama Canal

  • 1892 Henry Gerber

    German-American activist who founded the Society for Human Rights

  • 1903 Alan Blumlein

    English engineer who developed the H2S radar

Deaths on This Day, June 29
  • 1860 Thomas Addison

    English physician and endocrinologist who discovered Addison's disease

  • 1995 Lana Turner

    American actress and singer who was named the most glamorous woman in the history of international art

  • 2018 Arvid Carlsson

    Swedish neuropharmacologist whose work with dopamine to treat Parkinson's disease earned him a Nobel Prize (2000)

  • 2014 John Freeland

    Legal advisor UK foreign office and judge at the European Court of Human Rights

  • 2004 Bernard Babior

    American physician and biochemist


The Seychelles gains their independence from the United Kingdom

The Seychelles gained independence from the United Kingdom on June 29, 1976. On that historic day, Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

The iPhone is released by Apple, Inc.

The iPhone was released by Apple Inc. on June 29, 2007, in the United States. This launch marked a significant milestone in the evolution of mobile technology, introducing a device that combined a mobile phone, an iPod, and an internet communicator in one sleek package.

Steve Wozniak tests his first prototype of the Apple I computer

On June 29, 1975, Steve “Woz” Wozniak tested the prototype of what would become the Apple-1 computer. The Apple-1, later known predominantly as the Apple I, was an 8-bit motherboard-only personal computer designed by Wozniak and released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976.

USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)

On June 29, 1972, the Soviet Union launched Prognoz 2 into Earth orbit. This satellite was placed in a highly elliptical orbit with an apogee of 200,000 km and a perigee of 550 km. Its inclination was 65 degrees. Prognoz 2 carried the first instrument package called SIGNE 1, which resulted from the Franco-Soviet SIGNE collaboration. Originally intended for solar radiation studies, SIGNE 1 also detected cosmic gamma-ray bursts and solar events.
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