This Day in History - May 29

May 29

1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire

1630 – King of England, Charles II, is born

1660 – Charles II is restored to the English throne

1721 – South Carolina is formally incorporated as a royal colony of England

1736 – American Revolutionary and governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry, is born

1780 – The phrase is coined, “Tarleton’s Quarter,” defining British brutality for the remainder of the American Revolution due to the treatment of Patriot prisoners by British Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his Loyalist troops

1790 – Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution

1829 – English physicist and chemist, Humphry Davy dies

1843 – John C. Fremont departs once again from St. Louis on an expedition to explore the West

1848 – Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state

1849 – A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln

1862 – Confederate General, PGT Beauregard, retreats to Tupelo, Mississippi

1864 – Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia

1874 – English writer GK Chesterton is born

1880 – German philosopher and author Oswald Spengler is born

1892 – Persian spiritual leader, Bahaullah, dies

1894 – Comic actress, Bea Lillie, is born

1894 – Film director, Josef von Sternberg, is born

1903 – Comedian and actor, Bob Hope, is born

1906 – British writer, TH White, is born

1911 – The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time

1913 – The premiere of the ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps, in Paris causes rioting in the theater

1914 – Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay is born

1914 – Heavy fog leads to a collision of boats on the St. Lawrence River in Canada, killing 1,073, becoming one of the worst maritime disasters in history

1916 – US forces invade the Dominican Republic

1917 – 35th President of the US, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is born

1922 – Ecuador becomes independent

1922 – Greek and French composer, engineer and theorist, Iannis Xenakis, is born

1922 – The US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not subject to antitrust laws

1932 – So-called “Bonus Expeditionary Force,” a group of 1,000 WWI veterans seeking cash payment for their veterans’ bonus certificates, arrive in Washington, DC, at the height of the Great Depression to demand passage of the veterans’ payment bill

1942 – The German Army completes its encirclement of the Kharkov region of the Soviet Union

1942 – Adolf Hitler orders all Jews in occupied Paris to wear an identifying yellow star on the left side of their coats

1942 – Singer Bing Crosby records “White Christmas,” which will go on to become the most successful of his career and the best-selling Christmas single in history

1951 – CF Blair becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in a single-engine plane

1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest

1955 – Attempted assassin of President Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr., is born

1967 – English singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Noel Gallagher is born

1972 – In a joint communiqué issued by the US and the Soviet Union, both countries set forth their standard positions on Vietnam. The US insisted that the future of South Vietnam be left to the South Vietnamese and the Soviet Union insisted on a withdrawal of US and Allied forces from South Vietnam, and an end to the bombing of North Vietnam

1974 – President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts

1979 – Actor Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, is arrested for the murder of Judge John Wood. Drug kingpin Jimmy Chagra had a case that was about to come up before “Maximum John,” and had hired Harrelson to murder the judge. Woody funded his father’s appeals, enlisting the help of famed attorney Alan Dershowitz. Charles received two life sentences for murder, having a prior conviction of murder in 1968 and died in 2007 of a heart attack in his cell at Colorado’s Supermax federal prison

1984 – Basketball player Carmelo Anthony is born

1988 – President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

1990 – Boris Yeltsin is elected president of Russia

1996 – Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel’s prime minister

1997 – Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Jeff Buckley dies

1999 – Olusegun Obasanjo wins Nigeria’s first free elections in sixteen years

2003 – Some 35 US states declare it to be Bob Hope Day, as the entertainer turns 100 years old

2005 – Danica Patrick becomes the first female driver to take the lead in the Indianapolis 500

2010 – Actor and director Dennis Hopper dies

2013 – Polish/Canadian physician, Henry Morgentaler, dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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