Wednesday, June 29, 2005
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.