This Day in History: June 29

Also on this day:

  • 1613: London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, is destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during a performance of “Henry VIII.”
  • 1927: The first transpacific airplane flight is completed as U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrive at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, Calif., in 25 hours, 50 minutes.
  • 1956: The Interstate Highway Act is signed, calling for the creation of 40,000 miles of highway connecting major cities in the U.S.






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