Thursday, May 29, 2014

Today in History: Thursday, May 29, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
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On this date in:
1660England's King Charles II was restored to the monarchy after an interregnum of 11 years.
1765Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses, saying, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
1790Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.
1848Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
1917John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was born in Brookline, Mass.
1942Bing Crosby recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
1988President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union as he arrived in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
1990Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the Russian parliament.
1999Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.
2001Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted in New York of a global conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people. (All were sentenced to life in prison.)
2004A memorial to America's World War II veterans was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
2005French voters soundly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution.
2009Jay Leno ended his first stint as host of "The Tonight Show." (Following a short-lived prime-time show, Leno was back on NBC's late night mainstay in February 2010.)
2010Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, beating the Florida Marlins 1-0.
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Annette Bening turns 56 years old today.
AP Photo/Michel Spingler
Fay VincentFormer baseball commissioner76
Al Unser Sr.Race car driver75
Bob SimonBroadcast journalist73
Gary BrookerRock singer (Procol Harum)69
Anthony GearyActor ("General Hospital")67
Jerry MoranU.S. senator, R-Kan.60
LaToya JacksonSinger58
Rupert EverettActor55
Melissa EtheridgeRock musician53
Lisa WhelchelActress ("The Facts of Life")51
Noel GallagherRock musician (Oasis)47
Melanie BrownSinger (Spice Girls)39
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony turns 30 years old today.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
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