ON THIS DAY WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015.

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015. On this day:

1588 - The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.

1754 - The first international boxing match of 25 minutes was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.

1874 - Major Walter Copton Winfield, England, received US patent for a lawn tennis court.

1940 - John Sigmund of St. Louis, MO, completed a 292-mile swim down the Mississippi River, from St. Louis to Caruthersville, MO. It took him 89 hours and 48 minutes.

1950 - Disney's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" was released.

1957 - Jack Paar began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. The show name was changed to "The Jack Paar Show," and he hosted it for five years.

1957 - The International Atomic Energy Agency was established.

1958 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the US Congress.

1975 - OAS (Organization of American States) members voted to lift collective sanctions against Cuba. The US government welcomed the action and announced its intention to open serious discussions with Cuba on normalisation.

1981 - Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married.

 

1993 - The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible." His death sentence was thrown out and he was set free.

1998 - The United Auto Workers union ended a 54-day strike against General Motors. The strike cost $2.8 billion in lost revenue.

2005 - Astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet (Xena) larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.

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