June 29th

2007
Apple releases the first iPhone. The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry and for a while made Apple one of the world's most valuable companies.
iPhone
2003
Actress Katharine Hepburn died.
Katharine Hepburn
1995
The Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir. The rendezvous in space marked a new age of cooperation between the former Cold War adversaries. The docking created the largest man-made Earth satellite in history.
Shuttle–Mir Program
1994
US reopens Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees.
Operation Sea Signal
1990
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are banned to protect the ozone layer. The London Amendment to the Montreal Protocol stipulated that CFCs be phased out by 2000 in developed countries and by 2010 in developing countries. CFCs are one of the substances most harmful to the ozone layer, escalating the greenhouse effect and global warming.
Montreal Protocol
1986
Richard Branson breaks the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing by boat. The British businessman took about three days to cross the ocean in his speedboat “Virgin Atlantic Challenger II”. He was denied the prestigious Blue Riband for the fastest crossing because he refueled on the way.
Blue Riband
1972
The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual" prompting some states to revise their laws.
Furman v. Georgia
1964
Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
1949
South Africa begins implementing apartheid. no mixed marriages
Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, 1949
1927
Two U.S. aviators complete the first transpacific flight. Lester Maitland and Albert Hegenberger had taken off from Oakland Municipal Airport the previous day. Their “Bird of Paradise” aircraft touched down in Oahu, Hawaii 25 hours and 50 minutes later.
Albert Francis Hegenberger
1888
First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.
Israel in Egypt
1767
The British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts.
Townshend Acts
1613
London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
Henry VIII (play)