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
Deaths On This Day – May 29
2013 Henry Morgentaler
2010 Dennis Hopper
American actor, director
1997 Jeff Buckley
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
Persian spiritual leader, founded the Bahá'í Faith
1829 Humphry Davy
English chemist, physicist