What happened on this day in history?

Snooker player Joe Johnson, who won the world championship in 1986, was born on this day in 1952.

Snooker player Joe Johnson, who won the world championship in 1986, was born on this day in 1952.

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What happened on July 29 down the years?

On this day

1565 – Mary, Queen of Scots, marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Duke of Albany, at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh;

1567 – James VI is crowned King of Scotland;

1836 – Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris;

1890 – Artist Vincent Van Gogh dies, aged 37;

Happy birthday to Mansfield Town defender George Taft, 23 today.

Happy birthday to Mansfield Town defender George Taft, 23 today.

1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The camp runs from August 1 to August 9, 1907, and is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement;

1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party;

1948 – The Olympics open in London, the first summer games for 12 years due to World War Two;

1965 – The Beatles’ second film, Help!, has its UK premiere;

1974 – Mamas and the Papas singer Cass Elliot died, aged 32;

1981 – Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry at St Paul’s Cathedral, in front of a TV audience of more than 700 million;

1987 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build the Channel Tunnel linking their two countries.

1992 – Actor Jimmy Nail was at number one in the UK chart with Ain’t No Doubt.

1993 – Charges are dropped against two youths accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence;

Happy Birthday

Mansfield Town defender George Taft, 23 today;

Nottingham Forest and Ireland star Andy Reid, 34 today;

Snooker player Joe Johnson, the 1986 world champion, 64 today;

Former athlete Sally Gunnell, 1992 Olympic 400m hurdles champion, 50 today;

The Wonderstuff singer Miles Hunt, 50 today;

TV presenter Andi Peters, 46 today;

Actor Wil Wheaton, star of Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory, 44 today;

Actor Stephen Dorff, star ofBackbeat and Blade, 43 today.