Events on May 29

  • 0526Antioch struck by Earthquake; about 250,000 die
  • 0757St. Paul I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1138Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) overthrows self for Innocentius II
  • 1167Lombard League defeat Frederick Barbarossa at Battle of Legnano
  • 1176Battle at Legnano: Lombardi League beats Frederik Barbarossa
  • 1415Council of Konstanz
  • 1453Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire
  • 1453French banker Jacques Coeurs possessions confiscated
  • 1506Earl Willem I van Nassau-Dillenburg weds countess Walburg van Egmont
  • 1630Gov John Winthrop begins "History of New England"
  • 1652English Admiral Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Tromp
  • 1660Charles II restored to English throne after Puritan Commonwealth
  • 1692Battle at La Hogue: English and Dutch fleet beat France
  • 1692Royal Hospital Founders Day 1st celebrated
  • 1721South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony
  • 1727Peter II Aleksei (11) becomes Czar of Russia
  • 1753Joseph Haydns "Krumme Teufel, " premieres
  • 1765Patrick Henry historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
  • 1787"Virginia Plan" proposed
  • 1790Rhode Is becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying Constitution
  • 1848Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte
  • 1848Wisconsin becomes 30th state
  • 1849Patent for lifting vessels granted to Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861Dorothea Dix offers help in setting up hospitals for Union Army
  • 1874Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
  • 18841st steam cable trams start in highgate
  • 190025th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • 1900Trademark "Escalator" registered by Otis Elevator Company
  • 1902Dutch State Mine law forms
  • 1905Pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk Lithuania

Born on May 29

  • 1630Charles II: King of England (1660-85)
  • 1673Cornelis van Bijnkershoek: Lawyer / President of High Council
  • 1716Louis J M Daubenton: French zoologist
  • 1731Orazio Mei: Composer
  • 1741Johann Gottfried Krebs: Composer
  • 1791Pietro Romani: Composer
  • 1810Erasmus Darwin Keyes: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1895
  • 1810Juan B Alberdi [Figarillo]: Argentina -- Politician / writer
  • 1810Solomon Meredith: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1875
  • 1824Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox: Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1825David Bell Birney: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1864
  • 1826Ebenezer Butterick: Inventor (tissue paper dress pattern)
  • 1827Reuben Lindsay Walker: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1890
  • 1837Alexander F de Savornin Lohmann: Dutch Minister / party leader (CHU)
  • 1837Luca Fumagalli: Composer
  • 1840Hans Makart: Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz)
  • 1843Emile Pessard: Composer
  • 1852Jindrich z Albestu Kaan: Composer
  • 1864A H Borgesius: Dutch amateur astronomer
  • 1874Gilbert Keith Chesterton: England, United Kingdom -- Novelist (Man Who Made Gold)
  • 1880Oswald Spengler: Germany -- Philosopher (Decline of West)
  • 1881Frederik Septimus Kelly: Composer
  • 1883William Beatton Moonie: Composer
  • 1885Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich: British astronomer (theory of relativity)
  • 1890Francis de Bourguignon: Composer
  • 1892Alfonsina Storni: Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal)
  • 1894Beatrice Lillie: Toronto, Ontario -- Comedian / actress (Around World in 80 Days)
  • 1894Josef von Sternberg: Austrian director (Der blaue Engel)
  • 1896George L Funke: Botanist (Flower Physiology)
  • 1897Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Brno, Austria -- Movie composer (Violanta)

Died on May 29

  • 1453Constantine XI Dragases: Last Byzantine Emperor, dies at 49
  • 1500Bartholomeu Diaz de Narvaez (Novaez): Portuguese sea explorer, drowns
  • 1544Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson]: Belgian inquisitor, dies at about 68
  • 1593John Penry: English congressionalist, executed
  • 1629Arnold Baert: Flemish lawyer / member of Great Council, dies at about 74
  • 1680Abraham Megerle: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1691Cornelis Tromp: Admiral-General / Son of Maarten T, dies at 61
  • 1750Giuseppe Porsile: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1788Jacques Aliamet: French etcher / engraver, dies at 61
  • 1815Cornelis de Gijselaar: Politician / patriot, dies at 64
  • 1862Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki: Composer, dies at 71
  • 1869Philippe Vandermaelen: Flemish cartographer / publisher, dies at 73
  • 1877John Lothrop Motley: (History of United Netherlands), dies at 63
  • 1883Albrecht of Prussia: Mistress of John van Rossum, dies at 73
  • 1883WFLC Marianne: Princess of Orange-Nassau
  • 1885Alfred von Meissner: Austria Physician / writer (Ziska), dies at 63
  • 1899Frantz Jehin-Prume: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1905Leon Francis Victor Caron: Composer, dies at 55
  • 1910Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev: Russian Composer (Islamej), dies at 73
  • 1911William Schwenck Gilbert: Engl writer (Gilbert & Sullivan), dies at 74
  • 1922Jevgeni B Vachtangov: Armenian / Russian actor / director, dies at 39
  • 1924Pierre-Paul Cambon: French diplomat (Madrid / London)
  • 1934Eugenie Besserer: Actress (Anna Christie, Madame X), dies at 65
  • 1935Josef Suk: Czech violinist / composer, dies at 61
  • 1942John Barrymore: US actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies at 60
  • 1943Hermann Hans Wetzler: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1948May Whitty: Actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • 1951Dimitrios Levidis: Composer, dies at 66
  • 1951Fanny Brice: Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59
  • 1951Josef Bohuslav Foerster: Composer, dies at 91

Historical events on May 30

  • 1035Boudouin V van Rijsel becomes Earl of Flanders
  • 1087German Emperor Henry IV crowns his son Koenraad
  • 1100Burchard becomes Bishop of Utrecht
  • 1381English boer uprising begins in Essex
  • 1434Battle at Lipany
  • 1498Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America
  • 1522French troops driven out of Genoa
  • 1527University of Marburg (Germany) founded
  • 1536English King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour
  • 1539Spanish explorer Fernando de Soto discovers Florida
  • 1574Henry III follows brother Charles IX as King of France
  • 1574Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs. Louis de Boisot)
  • 1584Earl Adolf van Nieuwenaar / Meurs becomes Viceroy of Gelderland
  • 1588Spanish Aramada under Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England
  • 1631France / Maximilian van Bavarian signs Accord of Fontainebleau
  • 1635Emperor Ferdinand II and Saksen sign Peace of Prague
  • 1646Spain and Netherlands signs temporary cease fire
  • 1783Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US
  • 1793Georges Couthon chosen member of French Committee the Salut Public
  • 1808Napoleon annexes Tuscany and gave it seats in French Senate
  • 1821James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose
  • 1822House slave betrays Denmark Vesey conspiracy (37 blacks hanged)
  • 1832Evariste Galois give his theory on free assembly (dies in duel May 31)
  • 1842John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria
  • 18482nd battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
  • 1848Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1848William G Young patents ice cream freezer
  • 1854Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery
  • 1854Territories of Kansas and Nebraska created
  • 1862Battle of Booneville MS - captured General Beauregard evacuates Corinth

Born on May 30

  • 1220Alexander Nevski [Aleksandr]: Russian Great Ruler (1252-63)
  • 1578Valentin Dretzel: Composer
  • 1623Wallerand Vaillant: Painter / engraver, baptized
  • 1672Peter I [the Great]: Tsar of Russia
  • 1757Henry Addington: Viscount Sidmouth (C), British Prime Minister (1801-04)
  • 1797Johann Christian Lobe: Composer
  • 1800Karl W Feuerbach: German mathematician (Position of Feuerbach)
  • 1808Joaquim Casimiro, Jr.: Composer
  • 1812John Alexander McClernand: Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829Levin Goldschmidt: German business law expert
  • 1830Edward Winslow Hinks: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1832George Doherty Johnston: Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1835Alfred Austin: Leeds, England -- Poet laureate of England (Garden)
  • 1844Louis Varney: Composer
  • 1845Amadeus I FM: Duke of Aosta / King of Spain (1870-73)
  • 1847Alice Sophia Stopford Green: Ireland -- Proponent of Irish independence
  • 1853Karl Fritjof Valentin: Composer
  • 1859Pierre Marie Felix Janet: France -- Psychologist / neurologist
  • 1867Arthur Vining Davis: Sharon, Massachusetts -- CEO (Alcoa-1910-57)
  • 1883Riccardo Zandonai: Composer
  • 1887Alexander Archipenko: Ukraine -- Sculptor / lithographer
  • 1887Gino Tagliapietra: Composer
  • 1888James A Farley: Postmaster General (1932-38)
  • 1891Iman J van den Bosch: Belgian resistance fighter
  • 1894Hubertus J van Mook: Dutch Minister of Colonies (1942-45)
  • 1896Howard Hawks: Goshen, Indiana -- Director / producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface)
  • 1901Cornelia Otis Skinner: Chicago, Illinois -- Writer (When Our Hearts Were Young & Gay)
  • 1902Seton Howard Frederick Lloyd: Archaeologist
  • 1902Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry]: Florida, United States -- Actor (Miracle in Harlem)
  • 1903Ray Howard-Jones: Artist

Died on May 30

  • 0727Hubertus: Bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht / saint, dies at about 72
  • 1035Boudouin IV: Count of Flanders (988-1035)
  • 1431Joan of Arc: Burned as a witch by English at Rouen at 19
  • 1574Charles IX: King of France (1560-74)
  • 1593Christopher Marlowe: British dramatist (Tamburlaine the Great), murdered
  • 1640Peter Paul Rubens: Flemish painter, dies at 62
  • 1718Arnold J van Keppel: Earl of Albemarle / General, dies at about 48
  • 1718Bernard Nieuwentyt: Physician / theologist, dies at 63
  • 1744Alexander Pope: English Poet (Eloisa to Abelard), dies at 56
  • 1746Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo: Composer, dies at 69
  • 1778Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet]: French writer (Candide), dies at 42
  • 1791Ildephons Haas: Composer, dies at 56
  • 1797Carl Ludwig Junker: Composer, dies at 48
  • 1809Johan B Scheffer: Portrait painter, dies at about 43
  • 1833Josef Slavik: Composer, dies at 27
  • 1840Dominique J de Eerens: Governor-General of Dutch-Indies, dies at 59
  • 1864James Barbour Terrill: US attorney / Confederate Brigadier General, dies at 26
  • 1865William Clarke Quantrill: Criminal / Confederate bushwhacker, dies at 27
  • 1870Gustave Vogt: Composer, dies at 89
  • 1906William Yeates Hurlstone: Composer, dies at 30
  • 1912Wilbur Wright: US aviation pioneer
  • 1918Georgi V Plechanov: Russian revolutionary theorist
  • 1919Lord John WS Raleigh: British physicist (Nobel 1904)
  • 1922David Mendes Chumaceiro: Curacaos Poet (Adelfas), dies at 45
  • 1923Camille Chevillard: Composer, dies at 63
  • 1935Lothar Windsperger: Composer, dies at 49
  • 1938Raden Sutomo: Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49
  • 1940Y de Smit-Rog: Eldest Dutchman, dies at 104
  • 1944Jessie Ralph: Actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79
  • 1945Irma Laplasse: Flemish farmer / Nazi collaborator, executed