What Happened on May 29


Historical Events

1576 – Spanish army under Cristóbal de Mondragón conquers Zierik sea
1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony
1971 – “Court Room” by Clarence Carter hits #61
1983 – Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
2018 – Heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 65 as temperatures soar above 110 degrees Fahrenheit
2019 – Transgender no longer classified as a mental health illness by the World Health Organization

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Famous Birthdays

1904 – Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), born in Rochester, Victoria (d. 1996)
1907 – Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
1911 – James Marjoribanks, British ambassador to the European Economic Community, born in Colinton, Scotland (d. 2002)
1953 – Big Daddy Graham [Edward Gudonis], American comedian, writer, actor, recording artist, and radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
1975 – Mel B {Melanie Brown], English pop singer “Scary Spice” (Spice Girls), and television personality (America’s Got Talent; X-FActor), born in Leeds, England
1978 – Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player (Davis Cup 2001; world #4 2002), born in Marseille, France

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Famous Deaths

1968 – Jacques Chardonne [Boutelleau], French writer (l’Epithalame), dies at 84
1977 – Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
1979 – John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
1994 – Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
2003 – David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
2004 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 92

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