29 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Charles II, 1630
  • Patrick Henry, 1736
  • G. K. Chesterton, 1874
  • Josef von Sternberg, 1894
  • Beatrice Lillie, 1894
  • Bob Hope, 1903
  • T. H. White, 1906
  • Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, 1914
  • John F. Kennedy, 1917
  • Herb Shriner, 1918
  • Felix Rohatyn, 1928
  • Fay Vincent, 1938
  • Helmut Berger, 1944
  • Danny Elfman, 1953
  • John W. Hinckley, Jr., 1955
  • La Toya Jackson, 1956
  • Rupert Everett, 1959
  • Melissa Etheridge, 1961
  • Lisa Whelchel, 1963
  • Mel (Sporty Spice) Brown, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Pius III, 1439
  • Emperor Constantine XI killed, 1453
  • General Winfield Scott , 1866
  • W.S. Gilbert, 1911
  • John Barrymore, 1942
  • Dame May Whitty , 1948
  • Fanny Brice, 1951
  • John Gunther, 1970
  • Goddard Lieberson, 1977
  • Mary Pickford, 1979
  • Romy Schneider, 1982
  • Coral Browne, 1991
  • Margaret Chase Smith, 1995
  • Barry Goldwater, 1998
  • Archibald Cox, 2004
  • Harvey Korman, 2008
  • Dennis Hopper, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 1453 - Fall of Constantinople to Turks, Byzantine Empire ends after 1,000 year rule.
  • 1660 - Charles II restored to the Crown of England on his birthday after demise of Cromwell Commonwealth.
  • 1721 - South Carolina incorporated as a Royal Colony.
  • 1790 - Rhode Island 13th State admitted to Union.
  • 1843 - Frémont expedition under John C. Frémont leaves Kansas City to survey route to Oregon.
  • 1848 - Wisconsin 30th state admitted to Union.
  • 1856 - Abe Lincoln said 'You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the...'
  • 1913 - Stravinsky/Najinsky ballet 'The Rite of Spring' premieres in Paris to catcalls and fistfights.
  • 1919 - Charles Strite of Stillwater, Minnesota files patent for the pop-up toaster.
  • 1940 - Evacuation of Dunkirk begins; 338,226 British and French troops evacuated in next week.
  • 1942 - Bing Crosby records a song called 'White Christmas' which goes on to sell over 170 million copies.
  • 1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary conquers Mount Everest summit with Sherpa Tensing Norgay at 11:30 a.m.
  • 1979 - Mystery of death of Czar Nicholas II and Anastasia ends as Gelli Ryabov finds secret burial site.
  • 1980 - J.M.W. Turner's painting 'Juliet and Her Nurse' sold for auction record $6.4 million in New York.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Mary-Magdalen dei Pazzi

Holiday:

  • Oak Apple Day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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