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1821 – Peru declared its independence from Spain.

1865 – The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics.

1866 – The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.

1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment guaranteed due process of law.

1896 – The city of Miami, FL, was incorporated.

1914 – World War I officially began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

1932 – Federal troops forcibly dispersed the 'Bonus Army' of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, DC. They were demanding money they were not scheduled to receive until


1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

1942 – L.A. Thatcher received a patent for a coin-operated mailbox. The device stamped envelopes when money was inserted.

1945 – A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. 14 people were killed and 26 were injured.

1951 – The Walt Disney film 'Alice in Wonderland' was released.

1965 – U.S. President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to


1969 – A parade was held in Houston, TX to honor the success of the Apollo Moon Landing. The plans for the next mission to the Moon were announced by President Richard Nixon.

1973 – Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett were married.

1982 – San Francisco, CA, became the first city in the U.S. to ban handguns.

1991 – Dennis Martinez (Montreal Expos) pitched the 13th perfect game in major league baseball history.

1994 – Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers) pitched the 14th perfect game in major league baseball history.

1998 – Bell Atlantic and GTE announced $52 billion deal that created the second-largest phone company.

1998 – Serbian military forces seized the Kosovo town of Malisevo.

1998 – Monica Lewinsky received blanket immunity from prosecution to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S.

President Clinton.

2000 – Kathie Lee Gifford made her final appearance as co-host of the ABC talk show 'Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.'

2001 – The warmest air temperature ever recorded on the continent of Antarctica, 67.8 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at an American research station.

2006 – Researchers announced that two ancient reptiles had been found off Australia. The Umoonasaurus and Opallionectes were the first of their kind to be found in the period soon after the Jurassic era.

Born on July 29:

Beatrix Potter 1866 – Author, “The Velveteen Rabbit” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1929 – First Lady, wife of President John F. Kennedy George Cummings 1938 – Musician (Dr. Hook) Phil Proctor 1940 – Voice Actor, “Rugrats” Jim Davis 1945 – Cartoonist, “Garfield” Richard Wright 1945 – Musician (Pink Floyd) Sally Struthers 1948 – Actress, “All in the Family” Peter Doyle 1949 – Musician (The New Seekers) Simon Kirke 1949 – Musician (Bad Company, Free) Terry Fox 1958 – Athlete, Cancer Activist Lori Loughlin 1964 – Actress, “Full House”

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.

God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

— 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

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