May 29 in Pop Culture History

May 29 in Pop Culture History

1453 – Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captured Constantinople after a 53-day siege, commonly referred to as The Fall of Constantinople.

1790 – Rhode Island was the last of the original United States’ colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th US state.

1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris, France

1914 – Heavy fog caused a collision between cruise ship Empress of Ireland and coal freighter, the Storstad on the St. Lawrence River in Canada that killed 1,073 people, mostly tourist passengers on the Empress.

1953 – Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which is at 29,035 feet above sea level.

1954 – First of the annual Bilderberg Group conferences was held in the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.

1961 # 1 Hit May 29, 1961 – June 4, 1961: Ricky NelsonTravelin’ Man

1965 # 1 Hit May 29, 1965 – June 11, 1965: The Beach BoysHelp Me Rhonda

1971 # 1 Hit May 29, 1971 – June 11, 1971: The Rolling StonesBrown Sugar

1976 # 1 Hit May 29, 1976 – July 9, 1976: Diana RossLove Hangover

1979 – Actor Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, was charged with the murder of Judge John Wood.

1982 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

2004 – The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

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