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Calendar for May 29th, 2014


  • Died 1500: Bartholomeu Dias (Portuguese discoverer of Cape of Good Hope)

  • 1730s

  • Born 1736: Patrick Henry (patriot)

  • 1790s

  • 1790: Rhode Island ratified the United States Constitution. They were the last of the original 13 colonies to do so.

  • 1790: Rhode Island became the 13th U.S. state

  • 1820s

  • Born 1826: Ebenezer Butterick (inventor)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1903: Bob Hope (comedian)

  • 1910s

  • 1914: Canadian ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank in St. Lawrence River

  • Born 1917: John F. Kennedy (35th U.S. president)

  • 1950s

  • 1953: Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest

  • Born 1959: Rupert Everett (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1961: U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of state blue laws prohibiting commercial activity on Sunday

  • Born 1961: Melissa Etheridge (musician)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1979: Mary Pickford (actress)

  • 1980s

  • 1985: Steve Fonyo, who lost one of his legs to cancer, completed a cross-Canada marathon for cancer research

  • 2000s

  • Died 2004: Ramona Trinidad Iglesias Jordan, who at age 114 was recognized as the world's oldest person, died after a bout with pneumonia

  • 2004: Hennie Van Andel-Schipper, who was born in the Netherlands, took the title of the oldest living woman in the world at the age of 113 years 335 days, following the death of Ramona Trinidad Iglesias Jordan aged 114 years 272 days

  • Died 2008: Luc Bourdon (hockey player)

  • Died 2008: Harvey Korman (actor)

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