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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Today in history: June 29

69: St. Peter is crucified upside-down at Rome.

1613: Richard and Cuthbert Burbage's Globe Theater burns to the ground during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, as wind whips fire up into the thatched roof.

1858: George Washington Goethels, the Army engineer who will supervise construction of the Panama Canal, is born at Brooklyn, New York.

1880: France forces the abdication of King Pomare V and annexes Tahiti.

1925: Marvin Pipkin files a patent application for the frosted glass light bulb -- the frosting reduces glare.

1943: Eva Narcissus Boyd is born at Bellhaven, North Carolina.  While working as a part-time babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, her frenetic dancing style will inspire them to write "The Loco-Motion" -- which she'll then record under the name "Little Eva."

1988: At an auction in London, Vincent Van Gogh’s Le Pont de Trinquetaille nets $20.6 million.

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