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On This Day in History, May 29

What Happened On This Day – May 29

  • 1999 Olusegun Obasanjo wins Nigeria's first free elections in 16 years

    The former Nigerian Army general and military ruler oversaw a democratization process that defines the country's political system to the present day.

  • 1996 Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's prime minister

    The conservative politician is criticized for hampering the peace process that former prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, had promoted.

  • 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquer Mount Everest

    The first successful ascent of the world's highest mountain came after Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans had come within 100 meters of the summit just three days previously.

  • 1942 Bing Crosby records White Christmas

    Crosby's rendition of Irving Berlin's song became the most successful of his career and the best-selling Christmas single in history.

  • 1913 Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps is premiered

    he performance sparked a riot in the audience as many felt its irregular beat and the percussive character was a sacrilege against music. Today, it is considered one of the key works of 20th-century art music.

Births On This Day – May 29

  • 1984 Carmelo Anthony

    American basketball player

  • 1967 Noel Gallagher

    English singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1922 Iannis Xenakis

    Greek/French composer, engineer, theorist

  • 1917 John F. Kennedy

    American lieutenant, politician, 35th President of the United States

  • 1914 Tenzing Norgay

    Nepalese mountaineer

Deaths On This Day – May 29

  • 2013 Henry Morgentaler

    Polish/Canadian physician

  • 2010 Dennis Hopper

    American actor, director

  • 1997 Jeff Buckley

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1892 Bahá'u'lláh

    Persian spiritual leader, founded the Bahá'í Faith

  • 1829 Humphry Davy

    English chemist, physicist

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