July 29

This Day in History


Pakal Begins Rule of Mayan City-State Palenque

On this day in 615, K'inich Janaab Pakal ascended the throne of the Mayan city-state of Palenque at the age of 12. During his 68-year reign, Pakal oversaw the construction of some of Palenque's most … (more...)


Spanish Armada defeated

Off the coast of France, an English naval force defeats Spain's so-called Invincible Armada. After hours of furious fighting, the remnants of the massive Spanish fleet broke off and headed north on a … (more...)


Theda Bara Born

On this day in 1885, cinema's first sex symbol, Theda Bara, was born. One of cinema's most notorious beauties, and one of its most mysterious characters, Theodosia Burr Goodman (her stage name Theda … (more...)