July 29 in Pop Culture History
1148 – The Siege of Damascus ended with a crusader defeat and lead end of the Second Crusade.
1836 – Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (Arch of Triumph of the Star) in Paris, France.
1914 – The 7 mile long Cape Cod Canal opened in Massachusetts.
1916 – Matheson Fire, Ontario
1921 – Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
1948 – After a hiatus of 12 years caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, open in London.
1958 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1976 – David Berkowitz (the “Son of Sam”) killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks in New York City.
1981 – A worldwide TV audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
1982 – Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler slapped actor Andy Kaufman in the face on the program Late Night with David Letterman, a staged event that prompted a several month ‘war’ between the two of them.
2005 – Astronomers announced their discovery of the dwarf planet, Eris.