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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

  • 1848
    Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.
  • 1852
    Jenny Lind left New York after her wildly successful two-year American tour.
  • 1886
    Chemist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in the Atlanta Journal.
  • 1919
    The Republic of Prekmurje founded
  • 2004
    The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Who were born on May 29?

  • 1773
    Princess Sophia of Gloucester (d. 1844)
  • 1921
    Clifton James, American actor
  • 1933
    Helmuth Rilling, German conductor
  • 1963
    Lisa Whelchel, American actress
  • 1971
    Bernd Mayländer, Formula One Safety Car driver

Who died on May 29?

  • 1882
    Vasily Perov, Russian painter (b. 1833)
  • 1973
    P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • 1979
    Mary Pickford, Canadian-born American actress and studio founder (b. 1892)
  • 2004
    Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • 2011
    Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)

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