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1176Battle at Legnano: Lombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire

1660On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end

1851Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention (Akron)

1913Igor Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris, provoking a riot.

1919Albert Einstein's light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington

1942Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", greatest selling record to date

1953Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

1959Charles de Gaulle forms French government

1962Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

1967Pope Paul VI names 27 new cardinals, including Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, who later became Pope John Paul II

1976"One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship

1980Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

1983Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

1984Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

1988Sherri Turner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

1989Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt, 39, retires

1990Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic

1990Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

1992White Sox Tim Raines swipes his 700th career base

1994Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph)

1994Beth Daniel wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 29, 363
Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but is unable to take the city. 
May 29, 757
St Paul I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
May 29, 1138
Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) submitted himsself to Pope Innocentius II 
May 29, 1167
Battle of Monte Porzio - A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel 
May 29, 1176
Battle at Legnano: Lombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire 
May 29, 1414
Council of Constance deposes Pope John XXIII 
May 29, 1453
Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire 
May 29, 1453
French banker Jacques Coeurs possessions confiscated 
May 29, 1576
Spanish army under Mondragon conquerors Zierik sea 
May 29, 1592
Battle of Sacheon: Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese fleet - first use of Korean Turtle ship 
May 29, 1630
Gov John Winthrop begins "History of New England" 
May 29, 1652
Battle of Goodwin Sands, off Folkestone, Kent: English 'General at Sea' Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp 
May 29, 1660
On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end 
May 29, 1677
Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Indians. 
May 29, 1692
Battle at La Hogue: English & Dutch fleet beat France 
May 29, 1692
Royal Hospital Chelsea Founder's Day first celebrated 
May 29, 1721
South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony 
May 29, 1727
Peter II becomes Tsar of Russia aged 11 
May 29, 1733
The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City. 
May 29, 1753
Joseph Haydn's "Krumme Teufel" premieres 
May 29, 1765
Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!" 
May 29, 1780
Battle of Waxhaw Creek: alleged massacre of 113 of Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's troops after the continentals raised a white flag 
May 29, 1787
"Virginia Plan" proposed 
May 29, 1790
Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution 
May 29, 1848
Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte 
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