July 29 is an immensely significant day in the history of sports, as it was on this day that Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor created a new world record in high jump by clearing the 8 feet mark. American athlete Carl Lewis won his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the long jump on this very day. Other than this, in 1948 the first Summer Olympics were held after a gap of 12 years, because of World War II. Notable developments happened in the area of space exploration with the discovery of dwarf planet Eris and asteroid ‘15 Eunomia’. The first volume of the highly successful book ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, penned by JRR Tolkien was published in the United Kingdom. On the political front, the United States and Japan signed ‘The Harris Treaty’ in 1858 and a referendum on abolishing the monarchy was held in Greece in the year 1973. To ensure the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy the ‘International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’ was established on this day. In a tragic incident, the lives of 134 service members were lost after a rocket fired accidentally on the U.S navy ship - the ‘USS Forrestal’.