Today in History - May 29

363 - Battle of Ctesiphon - Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army 

757 - St Paul I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1167 - Battle of Monte Porzio - A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel

1176 - Battle of Legnano - Lombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire

1592 - Battle of Sacheon - Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun repels a Japanese fleet

1630 - John Winthrop begins "History of New England"

1652 - Battle of Goodwin Sands

1692 - Battle at La Hogue - English & Dutch fleet beat France

1692 - Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day first celebrated

1721 - South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony

1765 - Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act

1780 - Battle of Waxhaw Creek

1787 - Virginia Plan proposed

1790 - Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

1848 - Battle at Curtazone - Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte

1851 - Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention

1868 - The assassination of Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, in Belgrade

1874 - Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect

1884 - 1st steam cable trams start in highgate

1886 - Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

1900 - Trademark 'Escalator' registered by Otis Elevator Co



1916 - Official flag of president of US adopted

1919 - Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster

1919 - Albert Einstein's light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington

1922 - Ecuador becomes independent

1935 - Hague local museum opens

1940 - WWII - Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France

1943 - Meat & cheese rationed in US

1944 - British troops occupy Aprilia, Italy

1949 - 1st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS) - 'The Best Years of Our Lives' Best Film

1953 - Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

1970 - USSR performs underground nuclear test

1977 - Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indy 500

1994 - Great iceball comet seen above North Sea

1997 -  Scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil

2001 - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated


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