Events in History on May 29

  • 363 Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but is unable to take the city
  • 757 St Paul I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1138 Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) submits himself to Pope Innocentius II
  • 1167 Battle of Monte Porzio: Holy Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel

Victory in Battle

1176 Battle at Legnano: Lombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire

  • 1233 Chinese city of Kaifeng, capital of the Jurchen Jin dynasty, surrenders to the Mongols under General Subedei after a siege of more than a year
  • 1328 French King Philip VI of Valois crowned at the Cathedral in Reims, France
  • 1415 Pope John XXIII [Baldassare Cossa] formally deposed as Pope at the Conference of Constance, Germany, after he had fled the town in disguise

Historic Event

1453 Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Mehmed II; ends the Byzantine Empire

  • 1453 French banker Jacques Coeur's possessions confiscated
  • 1576 Spanish army under Cristóbal de Mondragón conquers Zierik sea
  • 1592 Battle of Sacheon: Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese fleet - first use of Korean Turtle ship

Historic Event

1630 John Winthrop begins "History of New England"

Victory in Battle

1652 Battle of Goodwin Sands, off Folkestone, Kent: English 'General at Sea' Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp

Historic Event

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

  • 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and local Native Americans
  • 1692 Battle at La Hogue: English and Dutch fleet beat France
  • 1692 Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day first celebrated in London
  • 1721 South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony
  • 1727 Peter II becomes Tsar of Russia aged 11
  • 1733 The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld in Quebec City

Historic Event

1765 Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"

  • 1780 Battle of Waxhaw Creek: alleged massacre of 113 of Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's troops after the continentals raised a white flag

Historic Event

1787 "Virginia Plan" by James Madison and Edmund Randolph proposed to the Constitutional Convention advocating for a national government with three branches - legislative, executive, and judicial [1]

Constitution of the United States

1790 Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

  • 1848 Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte
  • 1848 Wisconsin becomes 30th US state
  • 1849 Lincoln says "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

Conference of Interest

1851 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio

Historic Event

1854 Paddington Station, London's terminus for the Great Western Railway opens, with a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel [1]

Historic Event

1861 Dorothea Dix offers help in setting up hospitals for the Union Army

  • 1864 Mexican Emperor Maximilian arrives at Vera Cruz
  • 1868 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade
  • 1874 Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
  • 1884 Europe's first steam cable trams start in Highgate, London

Historic Invention

1886 American pharmacist John Pemberton begins to advertise his patent medicine - Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1889 August Strindberg's "Hemsoborna" premieres in Copenhagen
  • 1900 Trademark "Escalator" registered by Otis Elevator Co.
  • 1902 Dutch State Mine law forms
  • 1903 May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization
  • 1905 Pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk, Lithuania
  • 1909 Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run for Philadelphia Athletics
  • 1910 Pope Pius X's encyclical on Editae Saepe, against church reformers
  • 1912 15 young women are fired by Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia for dancing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch break
  • 1912 Ballets Russes premieres their ballet L'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun) in Paris, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky
  • 1914 Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence River; 1,024 die
  • 1916 Official flag of President of the United States adopted
  • 1916 US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924

Historic Expedition

1919 Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, that when light passes a large body, gravity will bend the rays confirmed by Arthur Eddington's expedition to photograph a solar eclipse on the island of Principe, West Africa

Historic Invention

1919 Charles Strite files patent for the automatic pop-up toaster

  • 1919 The Republic of Prekmurje founded - a short-lived, unrecognised state, which on June 6, 1919 was incorporated into the newly established Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (renamed "Yugoslavia" in 1929)
  • 1924 AEK Athens FC is established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks
  • 1928 Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • 1932 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans begins to assemble in Washington, D.C. to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945
  • 1935 French liner Normandie begins its maiden voyage, arrived in NYC on June 3rd
  • 1935 Hague local museum opens
  • 1940 Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1940 In WWII, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France
  • 1943 Meat and cheese rationed in US
  • 1944 British troops occupy Aprilia, Italy
  • 1945 US 1st Marine division conquers Shuri Castle, Okinawa
  • 1946 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
  • 1951 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair
  • 1952 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends
  • 1953 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire (to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II)

Tenzing Norgay on the Summit of Mount Everest

1953 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

  • 1954 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences, fostering relations between Europe and North America held at Oosterbeek, Netherlands

Historic Event

1954 Pope Pius XII issues holy declaration

  • 1955 Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns
  • 1957 Algerian rebels kill 336 collaborators
  • 1957 Laos government of prince Suvanna Phuma resigns

Historic Event

1959 Charles de Gaulle forms French government

  • 1959 Saunders-Roe SR.N1, the first practical hovercraft, performs its first engine run
  • 1967 Australian Paul McManus water skis barefoot for 1:30:19
  • 1968 UN resolves sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia
  • 1968 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law
  • 1969 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • 1969 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest
  • 1970 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1972 The Official IRA announce a ceasefire
  • 1973 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • 1973 Thomas Bradley elected 1st African American mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster
  • 1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1978 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1979 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black Prime Minister
  • 1979 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • 1980 53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate
  • 1980 Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League president

Historic Event

1980 JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC

  • 1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
  • 1982 Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
  • 1986 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling odontalgia
  • 1988 Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq dismisses government and disbands parliament

Goddess of Democracy

1989 Student pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty, naming it the Goddess of Democracy

  • 1990 An earthquake hits Peru, killing over 200

Election of Interest

1990 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic

  • 1990 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
  • 1993 Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • 1994 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • 1994 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election

Historic Event

1996 Space Shuttle STS 77 Endeavour 11), lands

  • 1997 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym
  • 1997 Jesse Timmedequas found guilty of rape and murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • 1997 Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil
  • 1999 Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule
  • 1999 Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
  • 2001 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
  • 2001 Natural gas futures plunge 6% to a 10-month low on speculation that growing US inventories will help power plants meet summer demand for air-conditioning
  • 2004 The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22
  • 2004 The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 2005 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution

Historic Publication

2009 "1Q84" books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami is first published in Japan, sells out the first day (book 3 published 2010)

Historic Event

2011 Hong Kong student activist group Scholarism started by Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam

  • 2012 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills 24 people near Bologna, northern Italy
  • 2012 Facebook's problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches
  • 2012 Indonesian police make the biggest drug bust in ten years after seizing over a million ecstasy pills valued at $45 million
  • 2012 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear

Historic Event

2014 President Obama approves US military training of 'moderate' Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups

  • 2015 Heat wave in India centered in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states is reported to have killed 1800 people in a week

Historic Event

2015 Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the President of Nigeria

Election of Interest

2015 Sepp Blatter is controversially elected to a fifth term as president of FIFA, resigns 5 days later

  • 2017 Violent storm and high winds in Moscow, Russia leaves 13 dead
  • 2018 Death toll on Puerto Rico 70 times higher than official figure, likely 4,600 died from Hurricane Maria according to Harvard University study
  • 2018 Heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 65 as temperatures soar above 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 2018 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns over an extramarital affair and illegal use of a donor list
  • 2018 Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko fakes his own death with Ukrainian security services to foil an assassination plot
  • 2018 Starbucks closes more than 8,000 US stores early for racial bias training after two black men wrongly arrested in a store in April
  • 2019 16 people charged for setting fire to and murdering a teenager who reported sexual harassment at an Islamic school in Feni, Bangladesh

Historic Event

2019 British politician Boris Johnson ordered to appear in court over claims he lied to the public during Britain's Brexit campaign

Election of Interest

2019 Israel's Knesset calls a snap election after Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government

  • 2019 Tourist boat sinks after colliding with another boat on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, killing 28 people
  • 2019 Transgender no longer classified as a mental health illness by the World Health Organization

Historic Event

2019 US Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Donald Trump with a crime was never an option as no legal means to charge a sitting president; and that his report does not exonerate the president

  • 2019 World's smallest surviving baby, a girl, discharged from Sharp March Birch Hospital in San Diego after being born at 23 weeks weighing 8.6 ounces (245 grams)
  • 2022 At least 79 people reported killed in heavy rains and landslides in the Brazilian northeastern province of Pernambuco, with 56 more missing [1]
  • 2022 Man disguised as an elderly disabled woman throws cake at the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, painting undamaged [1]

Historic Event

2022 US President Joe Biden visits site of Uvalde school massacre in Texas, as Justice Department announces a review into how law enforcement responded [1]