29th May: Today In History

Today is Monday, May 29, the 149th day of 2017. There are 216 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.

Today’s Highlight in History:
1917:  The 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
1453:  Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, marking the end of the Byzantine Empire.
1660:  Britain’s King Charles II was restored to the throne on his 30th birthday after nine years in exile.
1765:  Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia’s House of Burgesses.
1790:  Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution.
1848:  Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
1932:  World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive until 1945.
1942:   The movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” starring James Cagney as George M. Cohan, premiered at a war-bonds benefit in New York. Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” in Los Angeles for Decca Records. Actor John Barrymore died in Hollywood at age 60.
1953:  Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
1961:  A couple in Paynesville, West Virginia, became the first recipients of food stamps under a pilot program created by President John F. Kennedy.
1977:  Janet Guthrie became the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500, finishing in 29th place (the winner was A.J. Foyt).
1987:  A jury in Los Angeles acquitted “Twilight Zone” movie director John Landis and four associates of involuntary manslaughter in the movie-set deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, who were killed by a falling helicopter.
1999:  Discovery became the first space shuttle to dock with the International Space Station. Olusegun Obasanjo became Nigeria’s first civilian president in 15 years, ending a string of military regimes.

Former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is 79.
Motorsports Hall of Famer Al Unser is 78.
Actor Kevin Conway is 75.
Actor Helmut Berger is 73.
Rock singer Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) is 72.
Actor Anthony Geary is 70.
Actor Cotter Smith is 68.
Singer Rebbie (ree-bee) Jackson is 67.

Quotes Of The Day:
It's not how big the house is? It's how happy the home is...
Thought of the day: Nothing is more confusing then people who give good advise but set bad exmples. 

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