On this day

In 1990, The South Africa Communist Party began its first legal conference on this day. Image: BusinessLIVE

On This Day: What happened on 29 July?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1990, The South Africa Communist Party began its first legal conference on this day. Image: BusinessLIVE

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 29 July, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 29 JULY

1981 | Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour were confronted by baton-wielding police to stop them from marching to the South African Embassy in New Zealand.

1990 | The South Africa Communist Party began its first legal conference on this day.

2019 | At least 57 people were killed when prison riots between rival gangs broke out in Brazil.

2013 | Twenty-five people were injured when two passenger trains collided in the Swiss municipality of Granges-près-Marnand near Lausanne.

1996 | The U.S. federal court struck down the child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act as too broad.

1993 | The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk and he was released.

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BIRTHDAYS

1949 | American actress, Leslie Easterbrook.

1982 | American actress and criminal, Allison Mack.

1962 | American wrestler, Scott Steiner.

1966 | English cricketer, Stuart Lampitt.

1981 | Argentinian footballer, Andrés Madrid.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2014 | Hungarian engineer and politician, Péter Kiss, 55.

1966 | Nigerian general and politician, 2nd Head of State of Nigeria, Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi,  42.

2008 | American scientist and bio-defense researcher, Bruce Edward Ivins, 62.

2001 | German computer scientist, co-founded Chaos Computer Club, Wau Holland, 50.

2015 | English-Canadian actor, director, and playwright, Antony Holland, 95.

SPORTS

1928 | On this day, Cleveland Indians scored 17 in the first 2 inns to beat the Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game.

ENTERTAINMENT

1983 | On this day, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” was released in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

Nouadhibou Bay in Mauritania is home to one of the largest ‘ship graveyards’ in the world. There are over 300 ships that are thrown into the bay once they are no longer needed.