Thursday, June 29, 2017
History for June 29 - On-This-Day.com:
George W. Goethals 1858, William Mayo 1861, Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900
John Toland 1912, Slim Pickens 1919, Stokeley Carmichael 1941
1767 - The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts. The acts imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America.
1804 - Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins received 100 lashes on his back and Hall received 50.
1888 - Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England.
1903 - The British government officially protested Belgian atrocities in the Congo.
1925 - Marvin Pipkin filed for a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.
1926 - Fascists in Rome added an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.
1953 - The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.