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29th June

1613 London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

1798 * Conte Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet, considered the best since Dante.

1801 The first census in Great Britain revealed a population of 8,872,000.

1858 * George Washington Goethals, US army engineer who built the Panama Canal.

1901 * Nelson Eddy, singer and actor who partnered Jeanette Macdonald in film operettas.

1928 * Ian Bannen, Scottish actor who won an Oscar for Flight of the Phoenix (1965).

1956 Arthur Miller, US playwright married actress Marilyn Monroe in London.

1966 The first credit card in Britain, the Barclaycard was introduced by the Barclays Bank.

1974 Isabel Perón, 2nd wife of Juan Perón sworn in as President of Argentina.

1986 Millionaire Richard Branson smashes the world record for the fastest powerboat crossing of the Atlantic.

1995 The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit Earth.

2001 The government announced a memorial in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be built in London's Hyde Park.

2003 Actress Katharine Hepburn died.

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