>On June 29, 1995, the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

On June 29, 1868, George ElleryHale, the American astronomer, was born.

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1776: The Virginia state constitution was adopted.

1946: British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to stamp out alleged terrorism.

1951: Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest.

1967: Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.

1972: The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”

~The New York Times~