July 28 1981. Lady Diana Spencer said “yes” to Queen Elizabeth II’s son at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, in front of 38,000 guests and a worldwide television audience of over 700 million people. This royal wedding was widely referred to as the “wedding of the century.” The Princess of Wales became one of the most famous women in the world, as both a fashion icon and a role model for her charity work. The couple, who had two sons during their marriage, separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. Lady Diana died in a car accident in Paris on August 30 1997 while trying to escape paparazzi.
Also on July 29: Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France (1836); King Umberto I of Italy is assassinated by Gaetano Bresci (1900); Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (1921); Greeks vote to abolish the monarchy, this marks the beginning of the first Metapolitefsi (1973); British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President François Mitterrand sign an agreement to build the Eurotunnel under the English Channel (1987); Astronomers announce the discovery of the dwarf planet Eris (2005).
Born on July 29: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Benito Mussolini (1883), William Powell (1892), Marcel Bich (1914), Edwin O’Connor (1918), Gordon Mitchell (1923), Elizabeth Short (1924), Joseph Wallace (1990).