On This Day 29 June

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-06-29
The UK had its first census in 1801; in 2007 we saw the first iPhone and in 2009 Madoff received 150 years for his Ponzi scheme. In 2014 we first heard of ISIS and in 2017 their main base was retaken. Read more about the Globe Theatre which was destroyed in 1613 by fire.

The Globe Theatre

Built in 1599 by the Shakespeare playing company (Lord Chamberlain's Men) it was the theatre closely associated with William Shakespeare.


It was located in Southwark, near present-day Southwark Bridge Road. It was owned by the actors who were themselves shareholders with Shakespeare owning 12.5% (one share).

In 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII a cannon was set off during the performance which ignited the theatre (which was built using timber from a previous theatre). There are reports that no-one was hurt apart from one man "whose breeches were put out with a bottle of ale".


A reconstruction of the theatre opened in 1997 and is known as Shakespeare's Globe.

globe theatre

In this time of Covid-19 they are still open online and their website provides a lot of content that can help you get through a rainy summer day! Have a look at some of their online events here.

They have recently put out a shorts series called "Love in Isolation" which also marked Refugee week. Thoroughly recommended viewing!

Hamlet with Massihullah

Romeo and Juliet with Mohamed

As you like it with Talal

King Lear with Ali

Other events on this day

  • 1613: Globe Theatre destroyed by fire in London
  • 1801: first population census in the UK; 8.8m people
  • 1949: South Africa started implementing apartheid with no mixed marriages
  • 2007: first iPhone went on sale
  • 2009: Bernie Madoff received a sentence of 150 years for his Ponzi scheme
  • 2014: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of a worldwide caliphate
  • 2017: Iraqi forces took back the site from ISIS where al-Baghdadi announced the caliphate