Today in History: June 29

Today in History: June 29

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1236

Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon take Cordoba in Spain.

1652

Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth.

1767

The British parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America.

1862

Union forces, falling back from Richmond, fight at the Battle of Savage's Station.

1880

France annexes Tahiti.

1888

Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.

1903

The British government officially protests Belgian atrocities in the Congo.

1905

Russian troops intervene as riots erupt in ports all over the country, leaving many ships looted.

1917

The Ukraine proclaims independence from Russia.

1925

An earthquake ravages Santa Barbara, California.

1926

Fascists in Rome add an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.

1932

Siam's army seizes Bangkok and announces an end to the absolute monarchy.

1938

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded.

1950

President Harry S. Truman authorizes a sea blockade of Korea.

1951

The United States invites the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonsan Harbor.

1955

The Soviet Union sends tanks to Poznan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.

1966

The U.S. Air Force bombs fuel storage facilities near Hanoi, North Vietnam.

1967

Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem.

1970

U.S. troops pull out of Cambodia.

1982

Israel invades Lebanon.