On this Day June 29
1984 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off the first leg of his “Born in the U.S.A.” tour with a three-night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Boss opens with “Thunder Road.” He goes on to play a total of 156 shows, wrapping up in L.A. in October 1985.
1991 – Paula Abdul rules the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rush Rush,” which holds the top spot for five weeks. The music video features Keanu Reeves reenacting the role of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.”
2013 – “Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell is the No. 1 single. The Grammy-nominated track holds the top spot for 12 weeks, making it the longest-running chart-topper of the year.
1966 – American women get a voice in their quest for equality as the National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded. As the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the U.S., NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
1995 – NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth. This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs also marks the 100th human space mission in American history.
2003 – Katharine Hepburn — a four-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress and one of the greatest screen legends of Hollywood’s golden era — dies of natural causes at the age of 96, at her Connecticut home.
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