This day in history

Saturday, June 29, is the 180th day of 2013. There are 185 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Gary Busey is 69. Comedian Richard Lewis is 66. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 51. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is 50. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 35.

In 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire.


In 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper, and tea shipped to the American colonies.

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In 1913, the Second Balkan War broke out as Bulgaria attacked Serbia and Greece.

In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed.

In 1956, actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in White Plains, N.Y.

In 1967, Jerusalem was reunified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.


In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)