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Old 05-29-2016, 01:17 PM   #97
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May29

Today is the 150th day of the year.

1453 Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire.

1660 English Restoration: Charles II is restored to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland. On his birthday, no less.

1727 Peter II becomes Czar of Russia.

1790 Rhode Island becomes the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.

1798 United Irishmen Rebellion: Between 300 and 500 United Irishmen are massacred by the British Army in County Kildare, Ireland.

1848 Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.

1886 The pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.

1914 The Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with the loss of 1,012 lives.

1919 Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin.

1935 First flight of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aeroplane.

1940 The first flight of the Vought F4U Corsair.

1942 Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra record Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling single in history.

1945 First combat mission of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber.

1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.

1971 - Three dozen Grateful Dead fans were treated for hallucinations caused by LSD after they unwittingly drank spiked apple juice served at a gig at San Francisco's Winterland.

1999 Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.

Skeletal remains are found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were identified as Philip Kramer, former bassist with rock group Iron Butterfly, who had disappeared on his way home from work on February 12, 1995. Based on calls he made to police, his death was ruled as a probable suicide.

2001 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.

2008 A doublet earthquake, of combined magnitude 6.1, strikes Iceland near the town of Selfoss, injuring 30 people, and killing a number of sheep.

2015 - Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch goes up for sale with an asking price of $100,000,000.

Births

1630 Charles II of England; 1736 Patrick Henry; 1874 G. K. Chesterton; 1893 Max Brand; 1903 Bob Hope; 1914 Stacy Keach, Sr., Tenzing Norgay; 1916 Carl Story; 1917 John F. Kennedy; 1921 Clifton James; 1929 Peter Higgs (Higgs Boson); 1939 Al Unser; 1941 Bob Simon; 1942 Kevin Conway; 1945 Gary Brooker; 1947 Anthony Geary; 1948 Nick Mancuso; 1953 Danny Elfman; 1955 John Hinckley Jr.; 1955 Mike Porcaro; 1955 Ken Schrader; 1956 La Toya Jackson; 1958 Annette Bening; 1958 Wayne Duvall ('Homer Stokes' in "O Brother Where Art Thou"); 1959 Rupert Everett; 1961 Melissa Etheridge; 1967 Noel Gallagher; 1975 Mel B (Scary Spice); 1989 Riley Keough (actress & Elvis Presley's granddaughter)

Deaths

1866 Winfield Scott; 1911 W. S. Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan); 1942 John Barrymore; 1948 Dame May Whitty; 1951 Fanny Brice (Baby Snooks); 1953 Man Mountain Dean (wrestler); 1979 Mary Pickford; 1982 Romy Schneider; 1997 Jeff Buckley; 1998 Barry Goldwater; 2006 Steve Mizerak; 2008 Harvey Korman; 2010 Dennis Hopper; 2012 Doc Watson
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