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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 216 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 16, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 441,864 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 259 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 2,716 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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May 29 Historical Events
Council of Constance.
Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire. Although the date of May 29, 1453, is that of the Julian Calendar, the event is commemorated in Istanbul on this day of the present Gregorian calendar.
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce was founded, in Hong Kong.
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, provoking a riot.
Born October 19, 1899 in Sardinia, Michele “Mike” Schirru, Anarchist against Fascism, U.S. Citizen is executed by Italian military firing squad for intent to kill Benito Mussolini. The U.S. Government did nothing to help Schirru.
The first flight of the F4U Corsair.
The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
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.
Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
Who were born on May 29?
James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician (d. 1773)
Pierre Bourque, French-Canadian politician
Joyce Tenneson, American photographer
Annette Bening, American actress
Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (d. 2011)
Melissa Etheridge, American musician
Howard Mills III, American politician
Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
Caçapa, Brazilian footballer
John Rheinecker, American baseball player
Who died on May 29?
Philippe de Mézières, advisor to Charles V of France
Cornelis Tromp, Dutch admiral (b. 1629)
Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)
Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (b. 1766)
Draga Mašin, Queen of Serbia (b. 1864)
John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882)
Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer (b. 1885)
Fanny Brice, American singer/comedian (b. 1891)
George Fenneman, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian politician (b. 1927)
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