Today in History
May 29

1453 Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire.
1660 Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth.
1721 South Carolina is formally incorporated as a royal colony of England.
1790 Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.
1848 Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state.
1849 A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln.
1862 Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard retreats to Tupelo, Mississippi.
1911 The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time.
1913 The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater.
1916 U.S. forces invade the Dominican Republic.
1922 Ecuador becomes independent.
1922 The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws.
1942 The German Army completes its encirclement of the Kharkov region of the Soviet Union.
1951 C. F. Blair becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single-engine plane.
1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
1974 President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
1990 Boris Yeltsin is elected the president of Russia.
Born on May 29
1630 Charles II, king of England (1660-1685).
1736 Patrick Henry, American revolutionary and governor of Virginia.
1874 G.K. Chesterton, English writer.
1880 Oswald Spengler, German philosopher of history and author of The Decline of the West.
1894 Bea Lillie, comic actress.
1894 Josef von Sternberg, film director (Blue Angel).
1903 Bob Hope, comedian and actor.
1906 T.H. White, British writer (The Sword in the Stone).
1917 John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (1961-1963).
1955 John Hinckley Jr., attempted assassin of President Ronald Reagan.

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