May 29 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on May 29.


Events on May 29

1453 Constantinople finally fell to the Turkish army after a siege lasting for a year.

1500 Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Diaz drowns at sea during a storm.

1795 The Virginia Assembly opposes Britain’s Stamp Act.

1911 British librettist and playwright W.S. Gilbert drowns in his own lake while trying to rescue two damsels in distress.

1914 Canadian Pacific liner the Empress of Ireland is wrecked in the St Lawrence River, drowning over 1000 people.

1958 French statesman Charles de Gaulle is summoned from retirement to deal with a crisis in Algeria, where French settlers are in revolt against prospective Algerian independence.

1968 Indian wrestler Dara Singh became the world wrestling champion.

1972 Presidents Nixon and Brezhnev signed the first arms reduction pact.

1979 Bishop Abel Muzorewa became the first black prime minister of Rhodesia.

1979 Mary Pickford, American actress known as “America’s Sweetheart” in her heyday, dies at the age of 86.

1989 Russian politician Boris Yeltsin is elected to the Supreme Soviet after popular protests at his exclusion.

2010 American actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper dies, aged 74.

Famous Birthdays on May 29

Isaac Albeniz 1860, Spanish composer and pianist.

Joseph von Sternberg 1894, Austrian film director and actor whose innovative films include The Blue Angel and Shanghai Express.

Bob Hope 1903, English-born American comedian who won five special Oscars for his services to the entertainment industry.

John F. Kennedy 1917, American politician who was the youngest American President ever elected.

Quotes from Legend

The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of “Women’s Rights”, with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.

- Victoria, Queen of England, in a letter, 1870.

Historical News on May 29

Cheers for Charles

Charles Stuart become king Charles II on May 29
Charles Stuart become king Charles II

1660 Charles Stuart entered London today on his 30th birthday to become King Charles II, restoring England’s monarchy following Oliver Cromwell’s commonwealth.

He was well received and the public actually asked him to come home.

Apart from a short and disastrous visit in 1650 when he led a Scottish army to defeat at Worcester, Charles has been in exile since Cromwell had his father, Charles 1, beheaded in 1649.

Oliver Cromwell died two years ago and his son Richard’s weak rule brought public demands for the restoration of the monarchy.

Charles issued a declaration at Breda in Holland agreeing to full cooperation with parliament, and an English fleet was sent to bring him home, arriving in Dover four days ago.

When Charles arrived in London today, flowers littered the streets, bells were ringing and old Cavaliers wept for joy.

The new King has brought considerable cheer following Cromwell’s Puritan rule.

Diaghilev’s Riot of Spring

1913 Serge Diaghilev’s wonderful Russian ballet has delighted Paris for seven years, but tonight an outraged first-night crowd rioted and the first performance of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) ended when the police arrived.

The ballet combines the violent, crashing music of Igor Stravinsky, the weird stage sets of Nikolai Roerich, and the unbridled choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky.

The story centers around a primitive fertility rite that ends with a human sacrifice.

The controversial, modern performance of an unusual theme divided the audience into two camps, jeers and hushers who soon came to blows.

European Cup Violence Kills 41 at Heysel

1985 Britain’s hated soccer hooligans went on the rampage at Heysel Stadium in Belgium tonight, causing a riot that left 41 fans crushed or trampled to death and about 350 injured.

Most of the casualties were Italian football supporters.

Chanting, flag-waving hooligans from Liverpool charged Italian fans in the stands during the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus, causing immediate panic as a wall and safety fence collapsed under the surge of people.

The fighting went on as police struggled to rescue those who were trapped, with the hooligans using lethal iron bars and bottles whatever they could seize as weapons.

Bodies were being laid out in the car park as mounted riot police rode in to stop the fighting.

Europe has been plagued by marauding bands of British hooligans in recent years.

Tonight’s mindless violence will surely see them and their teams banned.

Everest Crowned by Hillary and Tenzing

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are reached Mount Everest on May 29
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

1953 A British team has “crowned” Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, reaching the summit just four days before Britain crowns its new queen, Elizabeth 11.

New Zealand-born climber Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay reached the 29,029-ft (8,848-m) summit at 11.30 this morning.

They stayed for about 15 minutes to take photos and plant the Union Jack, the Nepalese flag, and the UN flag side by side in the snow, with biscuits and cake as a Buddhist offering.

Then they began the downward climb, tired but elated at their success.

For 30 years men have tried and failed to scale Everest or “Chomolungma” as it is called in Tibetan, “goddess mother of the world”.

Hillary and Tenzing used up-to-date mountaineering equipment, and expedition leader Colonel John Hunt planned the assault meticulously, making a close study of previous climbs.

An attempt earlier this month failed in high winds, but today the weather was perfect.

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