What Happened on May 29

Significant Events

  • 1453 Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Muhammad II; 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 in Akron, Ohio
  • 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", world's best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)

On May 29, 1942

Would You Believe?

15 young women are fired by Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia for dancing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch break

On May 29, 1912

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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