May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). There are 216 days remaining.

  1. 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.
  2. 757 - Paul I succeeds Stephen II as pope.
  3. 1167 - Battle of Legnano, in which the Lombard League defeats Emperor Frederick I.
  4. 1414 - Council of Constance.
  5. 1453 - Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a siege, ending the Byzantine Empire and with it the Roman Empire.
  6. 1660 - English Restoration: Charles II (on his birthday - see below) is restored to the throne of Great Britain.
  7. 1677 - Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Indians.
  8. 1727 - Peter II becomes Tsar of Russia.
  9. 1733 - Right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves upheld at Quebec City.
  10. 1765 - Patrick Henry in a speech denouncing the Stamp Act is said to have said, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
  11. 1790 - Rhode Island becomes the last of the original United States colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
  12. 1848 - Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.
  13. 1864 - Emperor Maximilian of Mexico arrives in Mexico for the first time.
  14. 1867 - Austro-Hungarian agreement called Ausgleich ("the Compromise") is born through Act 12, which established the Austro-Hungarian Empire; on June 8 Emperor Francis Joseph was crowned King of Hungary.
  15. 1868 - The assassination of Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, in Belgrade.
  16. 1886 - Chemist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in the Atlanta Journal.
  17. 1886 - Putney Bridge opens in west London.
  18. 1903 - May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
  19. 1913 - Igor Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris.
  20. 1914 - Ocean liner Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; 1,024 lives lost.
  21. 1919 - Einstein's theory of general relativity is tested (later confirmed) by Arthur Eddington's observation of a total solar eclipse in Principe and by Andrew Crommelin in Sobral, CearĂ¡, Brazil.[1]
  22. 1932 - WW I Veterans begin to assemble in Washington, DC in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
  23. 1935 - Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
  24. 1950 - St. Roch, first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia .
  25. 1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay are the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's 39th birthday.
  26. 1968 - Manchester United wins the European Cup, the first English Club to do so.
  27. 1985 - Heysel Stadium disaster: In Brussels, Belgium, 39 football fans die and hundreds are injured during a riot at a European Cup match.
  28. 1985 - Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
  29. 1990 - Boris Yeltsin elected President of Russia.
  30. 1994 - Herbert Shughart refuses to shake hands with U.S. President Bill Clinton following a presentation of posthumous Medals of Honor to the widows of two soldiers for valor at the Battle of Mogadishu.
  31. 1999 - Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
  32. 2004 - The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  33. 2004 - The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.
  34. 2005 - France, one of the founders of a united Europe, resoundingly rejects the European Constitution, throwing the idea of a European Union into question and leaving the continent in a state of anxiety and uncertainty (see French referendum on the European Constitution).