What Happened on May 29

Historical Events

  • 1453 Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends the Byzantine Empire
  • 1592 Battle of Sacheon: Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese fleet - first use of Korean Turtle ship
  • 1660 On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end
  • 1851 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention (Akron)
  • 1953 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition
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Did You Know?

Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", greatest selling record to date

On May 29, 1942

Famous Weddings

  • 1506 Earl Willem I van Nassau-Dillenburg weds countess Walburg van Egmont
  • 1849 Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (26) weds secretary Marie Laurent (23) in Strasbourg, France
  • 1884 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London
  • 1939 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (25) weds Aliza Arnold
  • 1944 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (23) weds Edna Mae Holly

Famous Divorces

  • 1952 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.
  • 2010 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage
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