TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: MAY 29
1138 Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) overthrows self for Innocentius II
1453 Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire
1592 Battle of Sacheon: Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese fleet – first use of Korean Turtle ship
1660 On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end
1765 Patrick Henry historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”
1790 Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.
1848 Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state.
1849 Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, & of people some of time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of time”
1900 Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co
1912 Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.
1913 The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater.
1916 Official flag of President of US adopted
1916 U.S. forces invade the Dominican Republic.
1922 The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws.
1932 World War I veterans began arriving in Washington, DC. to demand cash bonuses they were not scheduled to receive for another 13 years.
1953 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition
1968 Truth in Lending Act signed into law
1974 President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
1979 Radio’s 1st rock network “The Source” premieres
1982 Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
1986 Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.
1989 Student protesters in Tiananmen Square China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty
1993 Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen Germany
1996 Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel’s prime minister
1999 Olusegun Obasanjo wins Nigeria’s first free elections in 16 years
2000 Fiji’s military took control of the nation and declared martial law following a coup attempt by indigenous Fijians in mid-May.
2001 In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.
2001 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.
2015 The Obama adminstration removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist. The two countries had severed diplomatic relations in January of 1961.
REFERENCE: HISTORY.NET, ONTHISDAY.COM, TIMEANDDATE.COM, INFOPLEASE.COM, FACTMONSTER.COM, SCOPESYS.COM, ON-THIS-DAY.COM, THEPEOPLEHISTORY.COM