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What are the important events that happened on May 29? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 29 is the 150th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 216 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 16, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 406,800 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentacontagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 244 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,255 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 29 Historical Events

  • 1660
    English Restoration: Charles II is restored to the throne of Great Britain.
  • 1677
    Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives.
  • 1733
    The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City.
  • 1919
    Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington’s observation of a total solar eclipse in Principe and by Andrew Crommelin in Sobral, Ceará, Brazil.
  • 1985
    Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels, Belgium, 39 association football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breach a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.

Who were born on May 29?

  • 1903
    Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)
  • 1963
    Blaze Bayley, British singer (Iron Maiden)
  • 1979
    John Rheinecker, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Alessandra Torresani, American actress

Who died on May 29?

  • 1866
    Winfield Scott, American general (b. 1786)
  • 1942
    John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1948
    Dame May Whitty, English actress (b. 1865)
  • 2008
    Harvey Korman, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2010
    Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (b. 1936)

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