What happened this day in history May 29

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

  • 1414
    Council of Constance.
  • 1453
    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.
  • 1861
    The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce was founded, in Hong Kong.
  • 1913
    Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, provoking a riot.
  • 1931
    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.
  • 1940
    The first flight of the F4U Corsair.
  • 1950
    The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 1982
    Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    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?

  • 1722
    James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician (d. 1773)
  • 1942
    Pierre Bourque, French-Canadian politician
  • 1945
    Joyce Tenneson, American photographer
  • 1958
    Annette Bening, American actress
  • 1958
    Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (d. 2011)
  • 1961
    Melissa Etheridge, American musician
  • 1964
    Howard Mills III, American politician
  • 1972
    Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
  • 1976
    Caçapa, Brazilian footballer
  • 1979
    John Rheinecker, American baseball player

Who died on May 29?

  • 1405
    Philippe de Mézières, advisor to Charles V of France
  • 1691
    Cornelis Tromp, Dutch admiral (b. 1629)
  • 1796
    Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (b. 1720)
  • 1847
    Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (b. 1766)
  • 1903
    Draga Mašin, Queen of Serbia (b. 1864)
  • 1942
    John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882)
  • 1951
    Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer (b. 1885)
  • 1951
    Fanny Brice, American singer/comedian (b. 1891)
  • 1997
    George Fenneman, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian politician (b. 1927)

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