1236 Jun 29, In Spain Christian forces under Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon took Cordoba. The last Islamic kingdom left in Spain is that of the Berbers in Granada.
1540 Jun 29, Thomas Cromwell, English ex-chancellor, was sentenced to death.
1746 Jun 29, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled in disguise to Isle of Skye.
1840 Jun 29, Lucien Bonaparte (65), prince of Canino, Musignano, died.
1860 Jun 29, Thomas Addison (67), English physician (A-Biermer Disease), died.
1881 Jun 29, Muhammad Ahmad (1844-1855) proclaimed himself as the Mahdi or messianic redeemer of the Islamic faith in Sudan and led a successful military campaign against the Turco-Egyptian government of the Sudan (known as the Turkiyah).
1928 Jun28-1928 Jun 29, Albert Hegenberger and Lester Maitland accomplished the first nonstop flight across the Pacific.
1950 Jun 29, President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea.
1990 Jun 29, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Stewart of the Oakland A’s became the first pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both the National and American Leagues on the same day. Oakland shut out the Blue Jays, 5-to-0, while Los Angeles blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-to-0.
1999 Jun 29, James Hormel was sworn in as ambassador to Luxembourg. He was the first openly gay US ambassador.
2000 Jun 29, President Clinton nominated former Congressman Norman Mineta to lead the Commerce Department and become the first Asian-American Cabinet secretary.
2001 Jun 29, Vice President Dick Cheney, experiencing heart problems for the 3rd time since the November election, announced he was going back to the hospital. He expected doctors to implant a pacemaker to even out a rapid heartbeat
2006 Jun 29, Romania’s PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu proposed withdrawing 890 troops from Iraq because of high casualty levels and the cost of the operation.
2008 Jun 29, In Germany Bettina Schardt (79) committed suicide using a formula of antimalarial drugs tranquilizers provided by Dr. Roger Kusch. She did not want to move into a nursing home and asked Mr. Kusch for a way out.
2009 Jun 29, Iran conducted a partial recount of votes cast in its disputed presidential election. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked a top judge to investigate the killing of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman who has become a potent symbol of the opposition’s struggle. Iranian authorities said 17 protesters and eight Basijis have been killed in two weeks of unrest, and that hundreds of people have been arrested. The Guardian Council, an electoral authority the opposition accused of favoring Ahmadinejad, said that it had found only “slight irregularities” after randomly selecting and recounting 10 percent of nearly 40 million ballots.
2010 Jun 29, In Thailand Karl Joseph Kraus (90), a Berlin-born Australian, was arrested at his home near the northern city of Chiang Mai, where police confiscated about 100 photographs of naked children. He was charged with raping four young sisters whom he allegedly lured to his home with imported chocolates and English lessons.
2011 Jun 29, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the authorities against making arrests of members in his government whom he vowed to defend.
2012 Jun 29, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Hong Kong’s restive people to embrace the motherland as he visited the financial citadel for the 15th anniversary of its return to rule by Beijing.
2013 Jun 29, Jim Kelly (b.1946), karate expert, died. He had starred in a number of martial arts and blaxploitation films including “Enter the Dragon,“ “Black Belt Jones” and “Three the Hard Way.”
2014 Jun 29, US Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun (34) was flown from the Middle East to Norfolk, Va., after turning himself in to US authorities. He was declared a deserter in 2004 after disappearing in Iraq. On Feb 23, 2015, Hassoun was sentenced to two years in prison for desertion.