June 29 This Day in History – Picadilly Circus Car Bombs, Tahiti

June 29, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1194 – Sverre is crowned King of Norway.

1534 – Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of Prince Edward Island.

1659 – At the Battle of Konotop the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky defeat the Russians, led by Prince Trubetskoy.

1786 – Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.

1880 – France annexes Tahiti.

1927 – First test of Wallace Turnbull’s Controllable pitch propeller.

1956 – The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.

1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment”.

1976 – The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.

2006 – Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

2007 – Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.

Notable Births

1596 – Emperor Go-Mizunoo of Japan (d. 1680)

1861 – William James Mayo, American physician (d. 1939)

1863 – Wilbert Robinson, American baseball player and hall-of-famer (d. 1934)

1868 – George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (d. 1938)

1888 – Joseph ‘Squizzy’ Taylor, Australian underworld figure (d. 1927)

1914 – Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician (d. 1976)

1952 – Joe Johnson, English snooker player

1967 – Jeff Burton, American racing driver

Notable Deaths

1315 – Ramon Llull, Spanish philosopher (b. 1235)

1933 – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, American actor (b. 1887)

1990 – Irving Wallace, American author and screenwriter (b. 1916)

2009 – Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)

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