1836 – The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France was inaugurated on the 29th day of July in 1836.
1948 – The Games of the XIV Olympiad aka 1948 London Olympics began on the 29th day of July in 1948, after a 12 year hiatus caused by World War II. The previous Summer Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany, 12 years earlier in 1936.
2005 – Astronomers announced their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris on the 29th day of July in 2005.
2012 ~ Australia‘s 4x100m relay swimming team broke a new Olympic record and won the first gold medal at the London Olympics on the 29th day of July 2012 (Day 1). The winning swim team members were Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger, who swam the new Olympic record of 3:33.15 to beat the Netherlands in 2nd place, and the United States 3rd.
2012 – DARRYL COTTON the Australian pop star, actor and TV host lost his battle with liver cancer on the 27th day of July in 2012, aged 62. In the late 1960s Darryl Cotton was a founding member of rock group ZOOT , where he played with Beeb Birtles, Rick Springfield and others. When Zoot broke up, Darryl headed to Los Angeles, where he wrote songs for Olivia Newton-John, Shaun Cassidy, and others, before returning to Australia in 1978 to pursue a solo career, where his song Same Old Girl became a top 10 hit in 1980. Darryl Cotton also ventured into acting, in The Young Doctors TV series, then went on to co-host The Early Bird Show on Channel Ten, also in 1980. In 2000 Darryl Cotton formed a rock band called COTTON KEAYS & MORRiS (aka CKM) with Jim Keays and Russell Morris.
Darryl Cotton hosting The Early Bird Show with special guest Kylie Minogue in 1988
2012 – The 2012 OLYMPiC GAMES opening ceremony was held in London on the 27th day of July in 2012. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games is officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, and also informally known as London 2012. These Olympics are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom, from the 27th July until the 12th August 2012. Over 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate. London is the 1st city to officially host the modern Olympic Games 3 times, having previously hosted the Games in 1908 and in 1948.Official 2012 Olympic Games website:www.London2012.com
1969 – Jennifer Lopez the American actress, singer and dancer was born on the 24th July 1969.
1980 ~ Peter Sellers the a British film actor, comedian and singer died on the 24th July 1980 aged 54 (born Richard Henry Sellers on the 8th September 1925). Peter Sellers appeared in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, was featured on hit comic songs and known around the world as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.
1998 – Bindi Irwin the Australian television host and actress was born on the 24th July 1998.