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Thursday, May 29, 2014

May 29 - This Day in History

May 29 : General Interest
1953: Hillary and Tenzing reach Everest summit

At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth... read more

American Revolution
1780 : Tarleton gives "quarter" in South Carolina

2005 : Danica Patrick becomes first woman to lead Indy 500

Civil War
1864 : Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia

Cold War
1988 : Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks

1979 : Woody Harrelson's father is arrested for murder

1914 : Ships crash in heavy fog

General Interest
1848 : Wisconsin enters the Union
1914 : The sinking of the Empress of Ireland
1932 : Bonus Marchers arrive in Washington

2003 : Bob Hope celebrates 100th birthday

1906 : T.H. White, author of The Once and Future King, is born

1913 : Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps makes its infamous world premiere

Old West
1843 : Fremont begins his second western expedition

1917 : John F. Kennedy is born

1922 : Supreme Court rules in favor of Major League Baseball

Vietnam War
1972 : United States and USSR issue a joint communique

World War I
1913 : Controversial ballet Le Sacre du printemps performed in Paris

World War II
1942 : Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats

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