An oil well explosion at the Pertamina-PetroChina oil refinery complex at Bojonegoro in East Java province of Indonesia leads to 150 people being treated at hospital and 6,000 people fleeing nearby villages. At this stage, there is no news of casualties. //www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1755598,00050004.htm (Hindustan Times)
After being shut down on November 9, 1946, for a refurbishment, the ENIAC computer, the world's first electronic digital computer, is turned back on again. It next remains in continuous operation until October 2, 1955.
American Revolution ndash Skirmish at the House in the Horseshoe: A Tory force under David Fanning attacks Phillip Alston's smaller force of Whigs at Alston's home in Cumberland County, North Carolina (in present day Moore County, North Carolina). Alston's troops surrender after Fanning's men attempt to ram the house with a cart of burning straw.
July 31 ndash Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory, then imprisoned for four months for the crime of seditious libel, after publishing a politically satirical phlet (his release is granted in mid-November).
Sunday, July 29, 1696
French king Louis XIV and Victor Amadeus van Savoye sign a peace treaty.
Wednesday, July 29, 1693
War of the Grand Alliance: The Dutch-English army led by King William III of England is defeated by the French at the Battle of Landen.
The Chinese Ministry of War under the Ming Dynasty orders ships having more than one mast sailing along the southeast coast to be seized, investigated, and destroyed this in an effort to curb piracy and limit private commercial trade abroad.
Battle of Stiklestad (Norway): Olaf II of Norway loses to his pagan vassals and is killed in the battle. He is later canonized and becomes the patron saint of Norway and "Rex perpetuum Norvegiae" ('the eternal king of Norway').
In Portugal, for the third time in less than 30 years, the Christians take control of Coimbra, this time for almost a century.ref name=picard2000
Sunday, July 29, 238
The Praetorian Guard stormed the palace and capture Pupienus and Balbinus. They are dragged naked through the streets of Rome and executed. On the same day Gordian III, age 13, is proclaimed new emperor. Timesitheus becomes his tutor and advisor.