June 29 1603
The Globe Theater, William Shakespeare’s original theatrical venue, burns to the ground.
June 29 1967
Actress Jayne Mansfield is decapitated in a car crash, when her convertible collides with a parked tractor-trailer. To downplay the gruesome death, sources spread the falsehood that only her wig flew off in the accident.
June 29 1971
When Soyuz 11 disengages from the Salyut space station, cosmonauts Georgi Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev are killed by a faulty pressurization valve. All the oxygen leaks out of the Soyuz cabin before Patsayev can close the valve by hand, and the crew is asphyxiated.
June 29 1978
The body of Bob Crane is discovered in bed with an electric cord wrapped around his neck and his head smashed in. When Scottsdale police search the apartment belonging to the former star of television’s Hogan’s Heroes, they discover a video camera and a large library of amateur porn starring Crane and a parade of random women.
June 29 1989
Under the headline “Homosexual Prostitution Probe Ensnares Official of Bush, Reagan” the Washington Times reports that “a homosexual prostitution ring is under investigation by federal and District authorities and includes among its clients key officials of the Reagan and Bush administrations, military officers, congressional aides and U.S. and foreign businessmen with close ties to Washington’s political elite.” The story alleges that homosexual call boys had been given tours of the White House, under the aegis of Republican Craig Spence. Spence’s body is later found at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston, an apparent suicide.
June 29 1992
Mohammed Boudiaf is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards less than six months after becoming President of Algeria. A former hero in the war of independence, Boudiaf had been chosen by the Islamic Salvation Front to serve as figurehead for their regime. More than 100,000 Algerians will later die in political bloodshed in the following decade.