Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 29

  • May 29, 1176
    At the Battle of Legnano, the cavalry of Frederick Barbarossa is defeated by the infantry of the Lombard League
  • May 29, 1453
    Constantinople falls to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II and the last reigning Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos is killed, marking end of the Byzantine Empire
  • May 29, 1555
    Peace of Amasya, singed between Shah Tahmasp and Suleiman the Magnificent, ends Ottoman–Safavid War and gives most of Iraq, including Baghdad, to the Ottoman Empire, while the Persians retain north-western territories in the Caucasus
  • May 29, 1652
    English Admiral Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant-Admiral Tromp during the First Anglo-Dutch War
  • May 29, 1660
    English King Charles II, returning from exile, lands at Dover ending the Puritan Commonwealth of England and bringing the monarchy back, which becomes known as the English Restoration
  • May 29, 1677
    King Charles II and 12 Virginia Indian chiefs sign a treaty that establish a 3-mile non-encroachment zone around Indian land
  • May 29, 1692
    An English and Dutch fleet beat France near Barfleur
  • May 29, 1765
    Patrick Henry, an American attorney, denounces the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses during his speech "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
  • May 29, 1790
    Rhode Island, the state largely founded by Baptists fleeing persecution in Massachusetts, becomes the last of the 13 original colonies to ratify the United States Constitution
  • May 29, 1831
    Great Bosnian uprising against Ottoman rule occurs
  • May 29, 1851
    Freed slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth attends a national women's convention in Akron, Ohio, where she makes her famous anti-slavery speech "Ain't I a Woman?"
  • May 29, 1874
    The present constitution of Switzerland, which introduces the facultative referendum for laws at the federal level, takes effect
  • May 29, 1919
    Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested and confirmed by Arthur Eddington's observation of a total solar eclipse in Principe and by Andrew Crommelin in Sobral, Brazil
  • May 29, 1953
    Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer, and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal become first to reach peak of Mount Everest in Nepal, the highest mountain on earth
  • May 29, 1982
    In the Battle of Goose Green, British paratroopers defeat a larger force of Argentine troops in the first land battle of the Falklands War
  • May 29, 1990
    Boris Yeltsin is elected Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR
  • May 29, 1999
    Nigeria terminates military rule, and the Nigerian Fourth Republic is established with Olusegun Obasanjo as president
  • May 29, 2005
    A French referendum on the draft European Union constitution votes 55 percent to reject it

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